I recently purchased Windows 7 Ultimate Full Version and have been trying to set it up on my 8TB 4-way AMD SB850 BIOS RAID array to no avail. I've been in contact with Microsoft support -- Today is my third call -- and my case has been elevated past initial phone support, to 2nd level support, and then today from initial phone support to 2nd level support, to 3rd level support and then to 4th level support and finally to level 5 ( does it end with Bill Gates when you get to 9? ) who talked with level 4 but could not resolve my case and I will be getting a call from him Jun 30.
The initial problem I had when installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit was that I could select advanced setup, load the driver
for the BIOS RAID off of a USB key, partition the logical disk and format it but when I selected the partition and clicked "Next" I would get an error stating "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log files for more Information." I soon found out by googling that this is an old bug in the Windows 7 installer that has been present since RC1 and that I needed to remove the USB key immediately after Windows was finished loading the driver.
That worked and Windows said It may have to create additional partitions and indeed it did create an 87MB system partition. After pressing "Next" installation proceeded normally, that is, until it got to the end of the installation process.
Now I receive an error stating "Windows could not prepare the computer to boot into the next phase of installation. To install Windows, restart the installation." -- infinite loop etc. And no my system is not overclocked and neither is my hardware bad nor are my disks bad.
Also, I've been an exclusive Linux user for years and this is my first encounter with Windows 7. I bought Windows to run some games and my previous Linux installation is backed up and if I can get Windows to install then I'll be dual booting. Furthermore, Linux has *no problems whatsoever* with my RAID configuration, either relating to installation or booting off the array so I know it's not my hardware.
So, I'm completely stuck. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.