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Windows 7: A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing.

30 Apr 2011   #1

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing.

hello people,

i have the same problem with "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.

Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive, you can safely remove it for this step."

i have a dell mini 10 (1012) & it doesn't have a dvd drive. i have win7 home premium (upgraded from starter). i made a bootable usb stick (downloaded iso file from mintywhite & then made the bootable stick). that process worked fine.

when i try to do the re-install, however, get the message noted above. i've spent days trying to sort this out & am going crazy. i read on another post to 'disable the raid function in bios'. IF i need to do that - could someone please tell me how? also, after i (hopefully) can do the re-install, do i need to enable the raid function again?

i also tried downloading ALL my dell drivers & tried the re-install with them on another flash drive stuck in the machine.

please help. PLEASE!!!

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30 Apr 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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30 Apr 2011   #3
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How do you plan to activate Win7?

Are you aware you can insert higher version Product Key into Win7 Anytime Upgrade to unlock the higher version features? Just type Anytime into Start Search box.

Confirm the ISO integrity by checking it's HASH against official Win7 HASH.

Easiest method for writing ISO to stick is Ultra ISO trial version: On File Open ISO, on Bootable Write Disk Image, Format, Write.
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 A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing.

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