I have seen question like this but the answers were not what I was looking for.

On my Ubuntu 18.04 laptop, I want to install windows back, as I got the laptop off of a friend that switched it from windows to Ubuntu. But for some reason when I am installing windows it says that the hard drive has to be formatted to NTFS for windows to be installed. How do I do this?

Edit: This is NOT a duplicate. The answers on other pages are not actually giving correct instruction on what I want to do. When I go into the windows installer by changing boot order in BIOS, I get to "Where should windows be installed?" But when I click on my hard drive it says that windows can be installed because it is not in the NTFS format. What I want to know is how to change my hard drive to this NTFS format so windows can be installed onto it.

  • Create a unallocated place from gparted. Then you can convert it to Ntfs. Do you want to dual boot or want to install only windows? – UnKNOWn Jun 11 '18 at 9:12
  • I want to install windows only and get rid of Ubuntu. – Shane.D Jun 11 '18 at 9:16
  • The Windows installer can partition and format the disk for you, there should be no need to prepare it. If anything, boot from e.g. an Ubuntu live system and delete all partitions. Partition creation and especially formatting should be left for the installer. – Byte Commander Jun 11 '18 at 9:18
  • No, when I am installing, it says pick a place to install windows (installing from usb), when I select my hard drive it says "Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS. Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition is of an unrecognized type." – Shane.D Jun 11 '18 at 9:33
  • This is a WINDOWS question. Installing and formatting to Windows has nothing to do with the current installed operating system. See a windows manual on how to do what you want. – Rinzwind Jun 11 '18 at 9:36