I think the 1 stick of RAM might be a good idea, but I don't get it because I was able to install windows 7 onto a 3GB machine just perfectly fine without any problems! Would a different hard drive perhaps solve the problem?
and I don't know if running DiskPart is the best option, 'cause if I did wipe the recovery partition, then I have absolutely nothing to bank on if that fails!
Could anyone pinpoint WHY this error happens to begin with? Thanks so much for all the solution ideas so far!