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Can't find my hdd during windows installation

Q: Can't find my hdd during windows installation

Hi there,
I've been trying for around 6 hours today to get my new computer up and running, but I've run into a problem, my sata disk wont be located during the windows 7 installation. "No drives were found" I've turned on AHCI and I've downloaded drivers from Gigabyte's homepage, but I get the message "To continue installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers. installing an unsigned 64-bit device driver is not supported and might result in an unusable Windows installation." Anyone have any ideas on what I can do?

Here is the PC spec;
-Gainward GeForce GTX 470 1280MB PhysX PCI-Express 2.0, GDDR5, 2xDVI, native-HDMI, HDCP, Graphics Plus, CUDA, 320bit
-Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R, X58 Socket-1366, DDR3, ATX, USB3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16, Revision 2.0
-Intel Core™ i7 Quad Processor i7-930 Quad Core, 2.8Ghz, Socket 1366, 8MB, 130W, Boxed w/fan
-Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz 6GB CL9 Kit w/3x 2GB XMS3 modules, CL9-9-9-24, for Core i7
-Western Digital Caviar? GreenPower™ 1TB Sata 3 Gb/s, 64MB Cache

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Preferred Solution: Can't find my hdd during windows installation

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A: Can't find my hdd during windows installation

Is the HDD seen in BIOS?

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I have seen a thread on this topic, old (312 days) and didn't report a clear solution. I intalled quite some time ago a Windows7 RC1 64 bit, which worked fine and honestly was not bad at all. Unfortunately I didn't use it for a while and now I discovered it expired, so I need a new clean istallation to do my job: find compatibility issues with WIndows 7 professional edition. I received a new DVD with activation key (i guess it must have been downloaded from MSDN) for the purpose. I'm running windows XP 32 bit right now, but can't install windows 7 because after booting from the DVD it says it can not find a suitable driver. What is this about? I can see all my 4 HDs and the 3 DVDs (one is a Blue Ray driver less than 9 months old ) 2 are sata drivers (a Plaxtor burner and the LG BDD); the 3rd one is an old Toshiba IDE DVD rom (still the faster of the 3). In the installation windows I can browse all drivers and directories, I have unzipped the X58 matheboard drivers in a directory. The installation program can load the drivers (even very very slow).... I tried to load several drivers, but I can't figure out which driver is needed; a DVD rom driver is not available, the MB drivers are not helping either, I'm stuck. I do not want to report " forget about WIndows7" again...we need to move to a 64 bit OS. Can someone help me figure out where the problem is located and find a solution?
Thanks

A:windows 7 installation can not find DVD

cpy win7 files to USB and install form USB.
do you know how to create USB installation disk?

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I tried installing Fedora 13 64 bit OS with dual booting enabled on my Windows 7 Ultimate OS. The partitions were 257 GB dedicated entirely for Windows (C: Drive) and the remaining 50 GB was allocated for Fedora installation.

I made grub as the default bootloader handler and completed the installation. But after this I started experiencing problems. I was unable to loginto Windows, as my system started showing the blue screen whenever I tried logging into Windows..After that, I made a whole mess by doing some unwanted steps which I never had any idea of..

Now I cant view my HDD to install Windows, No drives are being displayed soon after I select the "Custom option" to install Windows.. And When I click on "Load Driver" its just showing me an X: Drive which has around 100MB capacity and has four folders. I tried System Restore and some of the other options that were present in the Windows repair option but was unsuccessful..

I am confused as to what could have happened to my HDD and I would greatly appreciate your help in recovering my HDD. ( Is there any third party utility to wipe clean my HDD??? Reformat it completely and convert the partitions into NTFS, so that I could install a copy of windows) .

My laptop model Dell N5010...RAM 4 GB..HDD 320 GB...

Thanking you....

A:Cant find HDD for Windows 7 installation...

[email protected] will completely wipe drive, it will also make data unrecoverable but it has worked for me every time. It basically gives you an empty drive.
I use the US DOD 3 Pass method and it takes between 5 to 8 hours to complete depending on the size of the drive but you can choose more or less passes.
Just install it on another machine, restart with the dead drive connected, select the dead drive and kill it.

It's a great program, good luck.

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Hi,
I'm at my wits end here, I've formatted one of our computers, a process I've done tons of times on various PC's but this one is giving me hell.
Everytime I install from the bootable CD, it just refuses to accept that I have a harddrive. The harddrive is Seagate 60Gb IDE, not SCSI, SATA or requires RAID drivers.
I've tried reformatting with FAT32, NTSC, or leaving it unformatted, and the damn disk refuses to believe I have a harddrive. I've tried switching from Primary Master to Cable Select.
I can access and use the disc just fine in DOS mode, partitionmagic does everything asked of it to the harddrive. Its only the windows cd that doesn't see the drive.
I've tried other harddrives as well(had a spare working tiny 3.2Gb drive lying about) and the same problem with them as well. I've also tried switching the harddrive cable with a different one.

System Specs
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AMD Athlon XP 1500
MSI Socket A 462 Duron/Athlon Motherboard MS-6378
512Mb SDRAM
1x Harddrive (60Gb Seagate)
1x Combo Drive(DVD-ROM/CD-RW)

This is driving me nuts.
 

A:Windows XP Installation: Does Not Find Harddrive

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When I follow the instructions to do a repair of XP SP2 (with a slipstreamed CD), after I press F8 to accept the EULA, I do NOT get the screen asking if I want to repair an existing windows installation. Instead, it asks me where I want to install XP Pro, and gives me a list of options (matching my various hard drives and partitions).

Any idea how I can get the install CD to find my existing Windows installation so I get the repair option.

Thanks.
 

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well when i boot from my windows 7 retail upgrade disk to do a clean install, it say's it cant find the drivers or something and notes that i can take the disk out to put one in for it if i have one, or browse my hard drive but what the hell is it going on about? do i need to install windows 7 drivers on my vista system before i do a clean install of windows 7? i tried both the 64 and 32 bit disks, same error.. it happens on step 5 of Clean Install Windows 7 it doesn't show a license agreement, just the driver problem but when i use the windows 7 upgrade adviser it say's my computer can handle it as i originally thought.. what the hell is the problem? i really do appreciate your input, thanks in advance.
EDIT: well i tried it on another vista computer, it works fine! what the hell?

A:windows 7 installation cannot find drivers?

Please be specific - post the exact error message you receive. What type of hard drive do you have - is it SATA, RAID, or IDE?

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Hello, im quite new to this forum and i recently got an SSD therefore i wont to migrate my windows to it, I have a program which does this for me but when i go into my c: the "Windows" Folder is 37.7GB. But after looking on the web i noticed that most users installation size is around 10-15GBs

Note: Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit.

Thanks to anyone that can answers where the installation location is.

A:Where do i find the installation folder of windows?

My complete C partition (no personal data) is 30 gigs.

It was about 18 or 20 with before I began to install applications.

My Windows directory is 16 gigs.

Not sure what the problem is unless you have a 30 gig SSD. Most of Windows does go in that Windows directory, but there are always a few other folders following an install.

You could run WinDirStat to see what is taking up the space if you are curious.

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Hi all,
i want to replace my HDD to SSD. My question is how to transfer the windows license in order to proceed with a clean installation.
My PC initial came with Windows 8, and after Microsoft promo upgraded to Windows 10.
Could you please advise how to proceed?

Best Regards,
Dimitris Pilos

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Hello all.

I am currently attempting to install Windows XP SP2 on a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop; however, as the title states, Windows XP is having issues in finding my SATA HDD.

To my understanding, this is due to Windows XP not quite being "ready" for SATA HDDs, and so the proper controller(s)(?) wasn't implemented in the Windows XP disc.

I looked on Dell's website for such a driver, but was not able to find anything (though my search methods may have been lacking - I am not the most superb at file searching on the internet).

Is there any possible way to make it so that Windows XP SP2 can be installed on a machine that has a SATA HDD?

*NOTE: This is a clean install.
Thank you to all that offer suggestions or solutions.
 

A:Windows XP Cannot Find SATA HDD During Installation

Sometimes it's a matter of a BIOS setting, so take a look there. You can always restore to defaults, so trying settings will not be fatal.

Can you link to where you looked at Dell? If available, it is usually an image for a floppy. Do you have a floppy drive?
 

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Hi!
I'll get right to it. I have a vizio all in one desktop (CA24-A2 to be exact). I purchased it with windows 7 installed on it, and i upgraded it to windows 8. I decided to return back to windows 7 because the Metro UI always crashed on me. I purchased a windows 7 disc and booted the computer off the disc. When the installation asks which drive to install it to, nothing appears. For some reason, the installation disc is not reading the drives. I've checked vizio's page, but didn't find any drivers for the hard drive. I check the Bios menu and both drives appear. I've read on other forum about changing the bios mode (AHCI,IDE), but my bios menu is very restricted, and i dont have that option available. I used MiniTool Partition wizard on a bootable cd, and it was able to see my hard drives. I added some pictures below, hopefully it helps.

On top of not reading the drives, windows 8 won't boot up now and i keep getting "bootmgr is missing" error. I would appreciate any help, I've been stuck on this for the last few days.

A:Windows Installation can't find drives.

from what I can see you are missing the system reserved partition, this is why you have this error

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Hi there was wondering if anyone could help me.

I bought a new custom PC from ebay, a shop called FreshTech Solutions, so when it arrived I tried installing Windows 7 Home Premium (came with it). Obviously I need to do a custom install, as I'm not upgrading from anything, but when I get to the screen where it asks where I would like to install Windows 7, nothing is listed. I've tried loading from the disc that came with the motherboard, the Windows 7 CD itself, even the C drive (said it needed to format it, but couldn't).

I don't really know much about custom computers so was wondering if anyone could help me?

I have this - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140816631147?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_6177wt_1186

The motherboard is a Gigabyte Z77-DS3H.

Thanks in advance

A:Windows 7 Installation Help - cannot find hard drive

Hi and welcome to Bleeping computer.

Please go to the BIOS and see if the hard drive is detected if not please follow the below instructions. In order to go to the BIOS press F2 or del key during startup.

Sometime not often components can get loose during shipping, Make sure the Hard drive is physically in the connector Data and Power.

If you have a anti-static wrist strap please put it on if you don't make sure you are grounded.

1. Open the case
1b. Make sure that your grounded first by touching the chasis or the metal on the power supply
1c. check the connections to the hard drive.

and than try again with the install.

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Alright I'm trying to do a custom installation of windows 7 ultimate, after finding out my computer won't boot. But then it says there were no drivers found. Where do I find my drivers? There is only an X: (boot) drive as a system partition.

I have an Acer Aspire V3-551 with an AMD A8 2.8 Ghz processor with 500 GB of HDD space and 4 GB DDR3. I am have been running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on my computer.

Thanks

A:Can't find drivers during Windows 7 ultimate x64 installation?

Hi Andrew,

Are you talking about drivers or drives?

Windows will detect 99.9% of the appropriate drivers required for your computer to operate during installation, and install them automatically. After installation, you can install/update specific device drivers if you wish.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Regards,
Golden

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Hi

I'm trying to run SFC /SCANNOW on Windows XP, and it's asked me to insert the Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 CD. I've done this, but it doesn't seem to have found it. I can get to the disc on Explorer, but it can't find it on the scan, even if I put it in prior to starting it.

The CD drive is labelled X:/ (not the Windows default of D:/) - would this make a difference? It would be very difficult to change them around, even temporarily, as D:/ has all my system files on.
 

A:Windows XP can't find installation CD when running SFC /SCANNOW

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Hi
I prepared a ntfs partition on my second hard drive, big enough for W8. I also hid the other partitions of W7 so that only the new partition would be active. I started the installation CD (W8 enterprise, test version) and the list of all partitions apeared. As I choosed the prepared partition, I was surprised to see a message that: no existing system partition could be found! !! I tryed to format it, to delete it, creat again and what ever all....
I googled around and didnt find any information so i gave up and installed it normaly (without hiding the other OS). But at the end of the test version i will have to repeat this procces und I would be happy to find a solution....
Anybody has an idee???

A:Windows setup does┤nt find partition for installation

hi ,check this tutorial it might give you some info on what you did wrong or need to do to make it right ,good luck .
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

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Hello, I've a Lenovo laptop X1 Carbon.I was wondering: in case of a big issue with my Laptop like impossibility to start Windows 10,how can I make a new Windows 10 installation? Where I find my Windows 10 serial number? I found on this forum that we can go to Lenovo Center Solution > recovery but in these case you thing thatyour customer has always acces to his Windows 10 desktop, exact? Thanks for your help.

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hi , i recently installed mac os hackintosh on my laptop , i format my hdd to mac os journaled so that mac os can work, but then i wanted to go back to windows , so when i put my windows installation dvd to install it , it says :
we couldnt find any drives ,load your driver and continue , i need help i cant install my windows .

my pc:

hp pavillion dv6 7080se
my hdd brand is toshiba ..

A:windows 8 installation we couldnt find any drive

that is because windows does not understand the mac os journaled file system you need to go into the mac installer and then when it says to continue or pick disc go into disc utility at the top and format your drive as one partition and pick ms fat as the file system to do it as then in the windows installer you can delete and resize as you need. in the pics in options you want guid not master boot record since its windows 8.

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Evening all,

I have just placed a 2nd hand mobo (ASRock M3A770DE) into my pc. It'ts running win 7 ultimate, all h/w is detected ok apart from the integrated network card, therefore i cannot connect to the router and onto the internet. Since win7 is not auto-detecting the integrated NIC, is their a file on the win7 disk i can point it to when i manually try to install it?

On a separate note i can connect to the net via my vaio, in case you can suggest where i can d/l a file from.

All suggestions appreciated.

A:Windows can't find network drivers for installation

ASRock > Products > Motherboard > M3A770DE > Download

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Hi guys, i'm hoping someone can help.
I've recently bought a brand new Toshiba Satellite pro L650 running Windows 7
After a few weeks, things started to get really slow. Then I woke up one morning to discover it stuck on the first screen when I turn it on.
I thought I had a virus, so then decided to do a full re-format and re-install windows. After I formatted the correct partition, I went to install Windows 7 again
Only for it to say "windows could not detect a disc drive"
it asks me to install drivers for the hard-drive, which I can't seem to find.
it's a sata hard-drive (TOSHIBA MK6465GSX) I think is the model number.
I can not find the hard-drive drivers anywhere.

The other strange thing, is every now and then, it finds the hard-drive, but states that windows can not install onto that drive (even when I format it, try to add a partition and so forth)

I have been into bios, I don't really know a great deal of what I am looking at, but it sometimes states my hard-drive is there, and other times it does not.
I am so desperate to get this fixed. Does anyone have any ideas?
I live pretty remotely so taking it back and getting it fixed is not ideal.. but maybe necessary.
Thanks in anticipation..

- Gavin.
 

A:Can't find hard drive during installation of Windows 7 Ultimate

Hi gav
It sounds like a hard drive problem. Try this switch of the laptop and remove the battery then remove the hard drive, then replace hard drive battery and switch on your laptop.
 

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Hi all, I joined the forum because I?ve been going around in circles trying to fix my computer. Apologies for huge first post. The post by "aristotletalks" about 3/4 down page 1 of this thread sums up most of the pages I've read and things I've attempted: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...3457b4a?page=1

I?m running:
Windows 8.1
Toshiba Satellite C55A-5300 (pre-installed Win 8 - no install DVD)
Intel Celeron 1.8 GHz
12 GB RAM
500 GB HDD

I?ll try to be succinct: I can?t boot my machine except with the Recovery USB I created from MS website, and when I do that I can?t get to System Restore points or Refresh because the ?hard disk where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock and try again.? I?ve spent about 12 hours the last couple days on all kinds of forums reading about this and think I?m just going in circles at this point. I?d really like to recover the data off the drive because my backup HD also just failed this week. I?ve tried:

EasyRE software (https://neosmart.net/EasyRE/) ? it says none of the drives are active or mountable

I ran chkdsk and it was estimating it?d take 60+ days to complete!? (I stopped it). C: was showing up fine.

I?ve run various diskpart commands and have been able to see the hard disk and that it?s ?Healthy?, so it looks like the drive is noticed, but it is not "active". When I tried selecting it and setting to "active" the message showed that "disk is not a fixed MBR disk".

The last thing I d... Read more

A:Hard drive locked - cannot find Windows installation

hard disk where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock and try again

Had the same thing happen to me, also windows 8.1.
the drive is toast
got a new drive and imaged the drive with a recent image that I had, all is back to normal
Sven

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Hi, I got a virus on my laptop lastnight. Everytime I boot, try safemode, or the recovery partition I recieve BCD error 0xc0000098. I attempted to run /rebuildbcd from the command prompt of the repair disc, it scanned for windows installation and was unable to find any. If I select load drivers I see something odd. It shows HDDRecovery as C: 594mb free of 12gb, local disk D: (has no space info), System E: 1.27gb free of 1.46, and boot X: 29mb free of 31.4 mb. My laptop has one 600gb hard drive in it. Local disk used to be C: and the recovery partition was D:. I'm a little confused by the other two partitions showing up and no space info for the local disk wich is now D:. From what I've read the pc is looking for the boot file on c:, but can't find it because c: is now d:. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.

A:Boot\ BCD error 0xc0000098 cannot find windows installation

Download Knoppix Live CD iso and burn it to cd using image burn. Boot laptop from it and see what it shows in filesystem (if it matches what you have). You can also attempt to repair your windows installation with it.

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I┤m trying to reinstall Windows 10 on my Lenovo 710S. I want to format the HDD in the installation and install a fresh copy of Windows 10. I have created a bootable USB but the installation program cant find my HDD. I have downloaded this driver from Intel, https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25165/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-RAID-Driver... When I browse for a driver it find Intel Chipset SATA RAID Controller but it still cant find the HDD. I have tried to list the drives in the command line using Diskpart but it only finds the USB-disk. I know that the HDD works perfectly because it the same drive I┤m using now. What should I do?

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Hi,  
I am trying to load our company image on a new Dell 3410 win an ssd hard drive.  It currently has win 10 home. the installer gets to the point of which image to install, I click the correct 64 bit win enterprise version, and it cannot find the drive. 
I search for the drivers on the USB with the image as well as the drive I am targeting, but keep getting a select the driver to install option and No signed device drivers were found. 
I did not see  drivers on the MS download site for the 3410.   any idea where to find them?

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When I Am Installing Windows Fundamentals , Just after it asks me what type of installation I want (typical) it shows an error that it cannot find a hard-drive, I have just used DBAN on my computer and the installation is booting from USB Drive. Any Help Would be amazing.

Thanks

FUNDAMENTALS : )

A:Windows Fundamentals Installation - Cannot Find Hard-Drive? Error

Sounds like you need to feed [hit f6] install the driver for the drive controller. Most likely you have a sata drive and xp was released before sata existed.

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Okay, so let me first tell you that I am in a state of panic. I have very important data on my HDD and am unable to boot any OS on it now.

I initially had Vista and 7 on it, working, until I decided to uninstall 7 for XP. I deleted the partition 7 was on (C; my primary partition) and installed XP onto it. That went smoothly and all, but after booting it up I noticed it wouldn't let me specify which OS I wanted to start; it would just auto start XP. I went into the bootup settings in XP and changed the time operating systems are displayed from one second, to ten, yet it still just auto-booted XP. I was able to access the data on the other partition in the XP explorer, but seemingly wasn't able to boot from it. So I "backed up" all my data onto a third partition I had created as a failsafe in case something went wrong and I couldn't boot either of my OSes.

It then came to my attention that I had installed Windows XP Professional instead of home edition, so I made a bootable CD with the XP iso and restarted the computer for reinstallation. According to the program, the setup files copied over fine and all, but when it auto-restarted to continue the installation process it would just loop on and off at the BIOS screen. After trying 4 different versions of XP to no avail, I stuck my Vista Home Premium disk in and booted from it. Again, I got to the setup screen and all that jazz, but when prompted to select the location I wanted to install Windows in, I go... Read more

A:Vista installation does not find any drives during installation, computer won't boot

hello,

do you have a way to download and burn a linux live cd, that would get all your pictures back then concentrate on the other..

http://www.livecdlist.com/

someone else may have other ideas..

good luck

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Hello, I recently got a new motherboard and 2 hard drives. Both hard drives have unallocated space. I trying to install Window Vista but it keeps coming up with an ERROR saying; Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation. I have a GIGABYTE S-series motherboard AM2 Athlon 64 series

A:Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation

how much allocated space are you giving the hard drives?

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Recently I bought this computer.
http://cgi.ebay.com/1-FAST-PRO-DELL...ZViewItemQQptZDesktop_PCs?hash=item3a5544460a
I tried to install XP server pack 2 but this error came up "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation". I am currently following this guide to resolve this issue.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...d-disk-drives-during-windows-xp-installation/
But I am stuck at the driver's part, I am currently on my windows 7 and don't know what driver I am suppose to upload?
 

A:[URGENT]Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation

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Recently I bought this computer.
http://cgi.ebay.com/1-FAST-PRO-DELL-...item3a5544460a
I tried to install XP server pack 2 but this error came up "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation". I am currently following this guide to resolve this issue.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...-installation/
But I am stuck at the driver's part, I am currently on my windows 7 and don't know what driver I am suppose to upload?

A:[URGENT]Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation

Ok Im confused.
Please clarify a thing or two.

According to the site it comes with XP.
Did it?

In your post you state that you are trying to put SP2 on it.
Is this a XP disk that has SP2 built into it?
If it is and you already have XP running you wont need that.

Please clarify and we will get you sorted out.

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I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 via Parallels on my Macbook Pro.
I create a new VM and use the .ISO file and get the error: "Windows cannot find the microsoft software license terms. Make sure the installation sources are valid and restart the installation."
I found this question was answered here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/b1021d66-9774-4b5b-b50b-ad860c5ecc89/windows-8-enterprise-rtm-installation-error?forum=w8itproinstall
However, following the steps of the solution did not work for me. I created a blank VM and chose Windows 8.1. After this, it asks me to insert the installation disc. I cannot figure out how to use the .ISO as the source at this point. I tried copying and
pasting the path to the file and dragging the file to the VM, but no luck.
If there is a way I can install this without this error message or by somehow getting the path to the .ISO that'd be perfect.

A:"Windows cannot find the microsoft software license terms" Windows 8.1 Installation Error - Parallels

Hi,
According to your description, I would like to confirm if you have unchecked the Express installation box.
Be sure to uncheck 'Express Installation' when installing, otherwise Windows setup will fail with an error "cannot find license terms" and get stuck in a reboot cycle.
I suggest you refer to the following link to use Parallels Desktop to install Windows 8.1.
Using Parallels Desktop to install Windows and the dev tools on your Mac:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj945424.aspx
Regards,Kelvin hsu
TechNet Community Support

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I got all the OS versions and serials free from my college and installed both
win 7 and 8 on my notebook.

Now I've put up a rig and installed win 7 but I can't activate it cos I can't find my installation key from the notebook, I tried various software for this, for example Belarc advisor, jellybean, Win key finder, etc. but all they bring up is product key and in best case apparently what is last 5 characters of the true installation key.

To put it short, I've got a legal key but I can't figure out how to get it from the notebook, how am I supposed to do this?

Note: I'm talking about the installation key, the serial to install windows 7 professional, not a product key that does nothing for installing windows.

A:How do I find my W7 Pro installation key?

Why not ask the college since they gave it to you.

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Hello, I need help with an issue which is nearly identical to another thread here on this forum (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic411535.html/page__hl__ethernet+controller).
After re-installing Windows XP SP3 Professional I couldn't connect to the internet.
I looked in the Device Manager and found the following drivers had yellow ? marks:

Audio Device on High Definition Audio Bus: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0887&SUBSYS_1458A002&REV_1002\4&3852CD30&0&0201

Ethernet Controller:PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8168&SUBSYS_E0001458&REV_03\4&322CBC01&0&00E0

SM Bus Controller:PCI\VEN_27DA&SUBSYS_50011458&REV_02\3&13COBOC5&08FB

Video Controller (VGA Compatible):PCI\VEN_80868&DEV_A001&SUBSYS_D00014588REV_0213&13COBOC5&0&10

I followed the advice given on the aforementioned thread and have installed/run Everest & Speccy.
The computer doesn't belong to me, it's a desktop system with a small tower (no optical disk drive) and I cannot see any brand, manufacturer name or model number whatsoever.

If someone could let me know which details are required from Everest and/or Speccy?
Any help is very much welcome!

A:Can't find drivers after XP re-installation

Hello and welcome to the forum!

You gave us everything that we need except for the make/model of the system.
We also know that you are in New Zealand (hows the weather?) so we have to also find the drivers appropriate to your location.

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hi im looking for my installation directory and i cant find it under the c drive in program files would it be somewere else? and if so how would i find it. thanks
 

A:I cant find my installation directory

installation directory for what?

some programs will install in your user profile (C:\Users\<username>\Application Data\ or C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data) or in the Program Data directory (hidden - C:\ProgramData\)

These directories also depend on your version of Windows (ie XP does not use some of them)
 

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I am the only user on my laptop, but I have an admin account I use for program installations and a limited user account I use for normal day-to-day operations. I'm running Win. 7 Ultimate 32-bit on a Dell Inspiron 1720.

For the most part when installing a new program (or an update) I right click on an installation app icon & select run as administrator and this usually goes OK. Occasionally I will get an error message something along the lines of "can't find %app path%". This also happens if I am logged into the admin account - same results.

If memory serves me correctly, the two apps this happens with are iTunes (new install) and Incredimail (upgrade).

Anybody have any suggestions?

Thanks.

Alan

A:Can't find %apppath% on installation

Alan
Try in safe mode while using this little guy
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable[2]=User Accounts

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Hello

Windows refuse to load up. I was working with my system, then left for two hours. When I returned, a blank screen with the mention that an update may have cause Windows to crash pleas put your installation disk.

I built my system about 7 years ago and my Windows has been updated from Win 32 to Win 64 over the years.
I bought a legitimate licence from a Microsoft student program over the net, meaning I don't have the disk, nor the licence number ( lost the paper).

Any help appreciated

Martin

A:How to fet an installation disk and find my Win 7 key

Hello

I just find my win key using info from this site
----http://www.dagondesign.com/articles/windows-xp-product-key-recovery/----

Now looking for how to get a Win 7 64 instalation disk

A good day to all

Martin

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I just started installing windows xp sp3 on my friends crappy old laptop Compaq 6715s.

The file 'asms' on Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 CD is needed.
Type the path where the file is located, and then click OK.
Copy files from: GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolume3\I386

I found few posts on google where people had the same issue. I tried everything, changing "GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolume3" part to d:,f: ..
Then i woundered why i need to search for right letter if i can use cmd. I opened cmd and there i found that system doesnt detect usb flash. It shows only C:, E: (partiton 2) and F: (Cd rom).

This laptop has only 2 usb ports, i switched between them like 20 times. I still dont get whats the problem.
Please help me
 

A:Win XP installation can't find file

You don't mention if SP1 or Sp2 are already installed.One of these updates must be installed before SP3 will install.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=28
 

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I've just come from Win 10 where everything including the net worked fine. However on 8.1 my extreme has no net.
Anyone?
I just installed from a Windows 8.1 CD.
Renee

"MODERN PROGRAMMING is deficient in elementary ways BECAUSE of problems INTRODUCED by MODERN PROGRAMMING." Me

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I am currently using a Windows 8 computer, and I cannot find my installation directory. Ive tried to find Program Files and application data but could not find either of them. Could someone please help me ASAP?
 

A:Find my installation directory

I'd be very surprised if there is only one location. I would expect each software developer/software house to do whatever it wants, and MS can also install motherboard drivers, applications and other things all over the place.

In general terms, as a standard user, you would not be allowed access to many or most of those places anyway, even to view them.
 

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Hi

I'm trying to install Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit on a new Lenovo P50. The thing is the P50 only have USB 3.0 ports. No USB 2.0 port or optic drive. Therefor, Windows have to be installed using a bootable USB.

As many others I have issues installing windows 7 using a USB 3.0 port due to the lack of USB 3.0 driver in WindowsPE and Windows 7. I think a have read all threads on the internet about this issue and spend hour trying to find a solution. No luck so fare :-(

I'm using Rufus to create the bootable USB and have a ISO image with only Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit.

What I have tried so fare:
Burn image to DVD and used a external DVD drive with USB. No luck drive shuts up when WinPE boots.
Add USB 3.0 driver to the installation image using dism command. Drivers downloaded from:Lenovo. They do not have any .inf driver for Windows 7 32 bit only a .exe. I have tried downloading the once for all other windows versions. No luck
Intel? USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver for Intel? 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family. No luck
Random full USB 3.0 driver package from internet. No luck

The Win7USBpatcher.exe
It must be the lack of USB 3.0 driver. After WindowsPE has booted I have tried various USB devices but nothing is powering up.
Trying to install Windows 10 is no problem.

Next I'll try to install Windows 10 and from there install Windows 7 on a other partition and then delete Windows 10 but not the must smooth way to install windows. And yes, is has to be Windows 7 32 bi... Read more

A:Can't find a USB 3.0 driver for Win 7 installation

Why would you think you could install 7 on another partition ? You`ll still have the same problem.

If Lenovo doesn`t have a program like Asus`s EZ Installer which integrates the usb 3.0 drivers into the installer, you may just be stuck with Windows 10, which is not all bad

Why does it have to be W7 Enterprise ?

Heck you could even try creating the usb installer with Asus`s EZ Installer, it just might work

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I am installing tomcat5.5 on laptop which has windows 7

When I check Program Files, thats where this tomcat application is installed. So is this the home directory for tomcat or installation directory is different from home dir ?
If I did not know that tomcat is installed in Program Files directory, how can I find out where is this application installed ? Is there a command line tool available to check this ?
Can I check in the event viewer about this ? I tried but could not find anything in there .

Thanks

A:How to find the installation directory ?

Where ever you installed Tomcat there should be a folder in there called webapps. In there you should see a folder called root.

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Hey everyone. I installed the full featured AIM on my computer and I can't find it. I can't find it in my start menu. I also can't find it in the Control Panel where you uninstall a program. I want to uninstall it but I can't seem to figure out how to do it since it is not listed in the Find and Remove Programs thing.

That said, I tried running TSG SysInfo in order to provide you all with my system information but when I ran it, it did not find any of my system information. So anyway, here are the basics. I am running a Windows 7 Home Premium computer with a 64 bit processor. I have 5 GB of RAM and an AMD Athlon II X2 215 Processor that runs at 2.7 GHz. Its a Hewlett Packard computer. I would appreciate any help you can provide.
 

A:Solved: I can't find my AIM installation

Well, as it turns out, I had to be logged into my Administrator account to see it and uninstall it. It is now gone and the problem is solved.
 

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My computer died recently, the processor shot craps so I bought a barebones (case, mobo, ram, AMD Sempron 2500+ processor) system and dumped 2 HDs, DVD, CD burner, and wireless, sound, video cards into it.

Everything was cool with that, it started right up and I inserted my XP upgrade CD. Well, the CD for whatever reason couldn't find the previous install on my HD and wouldn't let me proceed. When this happened I had the following IDE config:

Primary Master: HD1
Primary Slave: HD2
Secondary Master: DVD
Secondary Slave: CD Burner

HD1 is a 40 gig Maxtor, unpartitioned, running only XP and my programs.
HD2 is an 80 gig Maxtor with a 40,20,20 partition storing media files.

Ah crap. So I pulled the IDE cables and tried the following:

PM: HD1
PS: DVD
SM: HD2
SS: None (I left the burner out for now.)

Booted up, ran the XP Upgrade CD and it found the previous install no problem. (I was running the repair feature, not the full reinstall.) It went through it's little song and dance and everything booted up and I could use my new computer. I piddled around for a while, checked my email, etc, etc.

Then I shut down to install the CD burner and my IDE cables weren't long enough to reach the CD burner so I switched back to:

PM: HD1 (Jumper set to master)
PS: HD2 (Jumper set to slave)
SM: DVD
SS: CD Burner

Then when I went to reboot I got a bluescreen "fatal error dumping to physical memory" error. Crap.

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A:XP Ugrade CD Can't Find Previous XP Installation

hmmm.......tries this first, disconnect the 80gig hdd and leave only the 40gig hdd. turn on your computer and see if you can get into windows. you can also try replacing the ide cable but i dont know if this process will fix your problem.

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Hello, I already had windows vista, but switched operating systems, and wanna switch back. I deleted windows vista entirely, nothing left at all. Please find me a disc to reinstall it on Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more.
My system specs:
Gateway M-6309
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Please, all help is appreciated!
Please do not give me an installation link to burn to a cd, it's so hard and is always missing install.wim

A:Please find me a installation disk (I have an activation key)

Half way down this page [Direct Download Links] Download Genuine Windows Vista RTM with SP1 Setup Files (32-bit and 64-bit) - Tweaking with Vishal
Your key will give the type you need.

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I have a 100gb hdd from a laptop plugged into an external hdd bay, mounted and working from another win7 laptop. How do I fetch the key used to install the windows on the 100gb hdd?

A:How do I find the Win7 key of an installation that will not boot?

It will be on a Sticker called a COA sticker on the underside of the laptop from which it came.

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Had my old g40 repaired unfortunately I can't find the installation discs and don't think Toshiba support the old g40 model I was wondering if anyone had both disc's they would sell me or would be willing to make a copy for me here's hoping

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i have a hp prodesk 400 g3 mt.  i try to install an os named freebsd10.3.  i am able to install it successfully , to active i need to reboot the system.  after the reboot  the machine says  " boot device not found ". Whats the problem.?

A:problem after reboot installation an OS the pc can not find...

New disk-drive, or "previously-used" disk-drive ? Reboot the computer, and enter BIOS SETUP, and confirm that the disk-drive is the first item in the list of bootable devices. Or, reboot the computer, and select "change boot devices", and select the disk-drive. 

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the powerdvd program which comes with my Acer VN7-792G-79BL does not work anymore.Where do i find the original installation program on the Acer website?

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I was running Windows 7 on an Intel NUC and went to the Microsoft site where I did an install. Before the install began, I was asked if I wanted a bootable media.

I clicked yes, and it appeared to create a file, however after a successful install, I have not been able to find the ISO file. Should there be one, or am I misinformed? If there is one, where do I find it?

Many thanks...

Todd

A:Where to find bootable ISO made during installation

Ohh! I'm suppose to do it *after* installing Windows 10!

Doing it now...sorry for the inconvenience.

/rtc

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