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.
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.
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