Where did you get the Win10 iso? Best to get it from Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISOOn the Win 10 installer partition page, after deleting the intended partition and recreating the required Win 10 partitions, reformatting the NTFS partition, and clicking 'Next', I kept getting the error 'we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information see the set up log files'.
I tried the same by just deleting my intended partition and clicking 'next' as the guide suggested to, and that also failed. It got stuck on copying files 0% then stated I would have to start the install process again. Doing that, I could see Windows had created the required partitions but it couldn't install onto them, as above.
I believe Win installer is expecting an MBR partition table and when it finds a GPT one on the target drive it doesn't work. My drive was formatted to GUID. Is there any way of booting up the installer in GPT mode not MBR mode? I am assuming worse case I can reformat this drive or a dedicated Windows drive as MBR.
I tried using an install DVD made from the latest Win 10 ISO and also from USB (formatted as GUID/FAT32, made with Rufus v3.8 and another attempt with v2.18). Neither was detected by BIOS until I enabled CSM Support. And even then, the DVD failed as described above whilst the USB stick did not boot up at all (either from BIOS or Clover). I assume I need to try again using a USB created using the MS Media Creation Tool when I have access to a Windows 10 PC (I wiped my existing Win 8.1 drive lol).
Yup that's where I got it from. I downloaded the November 2019 dated one.Where did you get the Win10 iso? Best to get it from Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO
When you boot the Win10 installer, hit your function key to select a boot device and select the Win10 install USB with UEFI in the list title.When doing it again earlier today, I made sure to start the Windows installer DVD from its EFI folder by selecting the relevant 'save and exit' option in the BIOS so it would be running in UEFI mode. I tried both the Win 10 DVD and Win 8.1 DVD (it's a Win 8.1 Pro licence) in the same way. I was able to do this with or without CSM Support set in the BIOS. However, the net result was still the same errors at the installation stage.
When you boot the Win10 installer, hit your function key to select a boot device and select the Win10 install USB with UEFI in the list title.
Are you installing Win10 to its own drive? If you are, suggest you try using diskpart to clean and format your drive.
Boot your install Win10 USB and at the installation screen, instead of selecting a partition, hold shift+10 to open a command window.
type and hit enter the following lines - // is comment only - do not type
list disk //should come back with a list of disks - if more than one is connected make sure you get the right one!
select disk * //where * is the number of the disk - it will come back with disk * is now the selected disk
clean //disk part will now clean the drive - when done will say it succeeded in cleaning the disk
create partition efi size=200 format fs=fat32 label="EFI"
create partition primary format fs=NTFS
Now select the primary partition in the installation window and click on Next. The Win10 installer should be able to complete its task.
Shrink your APFS container by the amount you want to dedicate to Win10. Create a partition in that space format FAT with Mac disk utility. At the Win10 install screen select this partition and delete it. Select this free space, click on create new partition and format NTFS. Install Win10 to this partition.Thanks very much for all the tips. I was trying to install Win 10 onto the same drive as an APFS container. I've previously only installed Windows on its own SSD on a Hackintosh (did it with Boot Camp on same drive on my old iMac which was easy), but on my current machine I'm trying to put all OSes onto my new SSD as it is faster than my other SSDs. Worst case I will put Win 10 on its own SSD. Cheers.
Shrink your APFS container by the amount you want to dedicate to Win10. Create a partition in that space format FAT with Mac disk utility. At the Win10 install screen select this partition and delete it. Select this free space, click on create new partition and format NTFS. Install Win10 to this partition.