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Reinstall Windows 7

by Tiger6_5 / April 23, 2013 7:53 AM PDT

I need to reinstall Windows 7, and I don't want to use HP recovery DVD's because of all the ****. So downloaded a copy of Windows 7 from Digital River. When I go to install it I get the following error: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Windows needs the driver for device [AMD AHCI Compatible RAID Controller]. Click 'Load Driver' and load the required device driver. Where do I find this driver and how do I go about making it available to the installer; or is there another way? Thanks in advance.

Richard

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Can you disable RAID in the BIOS?
by wpgwpg / April 23, 2013 8:09 AM PDT
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Have you tried going to the BIOS setup and seeing if you can disable RAID until you get Windows 7 installed?
I guess when you say all the ****, you're talking about the preloaded software that HP put on the PC when it was new? If so, it's not that hard to go to the Programs and Features applet of the Control Panel and uninstall that stuff. That wouldn't take that long to do, probably less than 30 minutes, and then you'd be sure to get all the drivers you'd need. It's not that hard to do and would probably take less time and effort than fooling around with the RAID settings and drivers you need.
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Good luck.

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BTDT.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 23, 2013 9:05 AM PDT
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Frankly with all the work you are in for I can't find a client willing to pay for the clean install. We do however just restore the OS from the hated version you note then clean it up. It takes far less time that what I've seen folk spend on the clean install. Here's a link I use. Use the direct download if you can.

http://download.cnet.com/PC-Decrapifier/3000-2096_4-10636481.html

Bob

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Go ahead and use the recovery DVDs just to get you started
by Pepe7 / April 24, 2013 11:26 AM PDT
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Then, later on, after you have removed the 'bloatware' per the instructions from this thread, create an image of your system either using W7's built in tools, or a program such as Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost. This way, you won't have to deal with the recovery DVDs that include the crud you no longer want on your rig.

(My personal preference is to use True Image, but others may have equally effective ideas.)

hth,
Pedro

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