Fix: Windows cannot be installed to this disk

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I got this error message when I was trying to install Windows 8 to a new SSD: “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer’s hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk’s controller is enabled in the computer’s BIOS menu.”
In this tutorial I show you how to fix it 🙂


  1. I tried so many things including command prompt fixes and spent like 6+ hours trying to get past that screen with no avail. Changing RAID to AHCI finally made it work properly! Nice one, Cheers!

  2. I don't have that in the BIOS O.oI have USB Controller, USB Device Legacy Support, Onboard LAN Controller, LAN Option ROM and HD Audio Controller, also my HDD is IDE, i have 2 Sata HDD too but those are for storage, the 80GB IDE is only for OS, i had the OS on that HDD before, something went wrong, managed to formate it, but can't reinstal my OS again…

  3. I had the same problem installing Windows 10. I had to change it from AHCI to IDE though, rather than the other way around. Anyway, thanks a lot for showing me what settings to mess with – guess I got lucky someone with the same BIOS version as I would make a tutorial on this.

  4. If anyone is having this issue, and AHCI is enabled, just disable it, go through the install of Windows until it stops you because no drives show up, Then you want to go back into your bios and enable it. Now it will work.

  5. sir i have dell optiplex 780… and when i install window 10 on pc…..they write Ensure the disk controller is enable in the computer Bios manu…. Please Help me 🙁

  6. I had it set right. So I just picked set BIOS to defaults. I screwed up hardrive and lost my recovery partition on my Dell. I guess I will see if I can order that on a usb or something. The only thing that saved me was I upgraded to Windows 10 home I hope. I read all I have to is reinstall windows 10 then Microsoft will activate it from my online profile. Hate damn computers. I was going to put Linux Mint on this but since the Dell is legit I like to have windows.

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