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11 Aug 2011   #11

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Try uninstall the Graphic Cards in Safe Mode.

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11 Aug 2011   #12


Try this method to enter Device Manager during final hardware config phase of install, uninstall driver(s) showing in error so that installation will complete and you can then update the driver from desktop: Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation

Most often starting the Display driver is hanging the installation. Can you default in BIOS to onboard video chip instead of card?

You can write ISO to bootable USB flash stick using this tool with Win7 in dropdown menu: Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3

Then boot the installer and follow these steps for install: Clean Install Windows 7
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11 Aug 2011   #13

Windows 7 Professinal x64

It sounds like you haven't gotten it to install yet.. if not here is my 2 cents..

Try booting the flash drive off a USB port that has an older chipset that windows has the drivers for (99 percent of all USB 2.0 chipsets windows has a driver for) If you use an USB 3.0 and windows doesn't have the driver for it it can fail.. I have had this happen to me before and I kept thinking my hard drive was unplugged or I had a bad copy of a Windows 7 ISO..

also try setting all USB ports to compatible instead of for speed. (if the BIOS has an option for it)
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11 Feb 2012   #14

Windows 7 64bit


I had the same error message (Windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computer's hardware) when I changed my harddisk on a Dell Lattitude D830.
The new disk has advanced formatting (500Gb) and that was the problem.

I am installing windows 7 SP1 64 bit with MDT 2010.

The solution is to install the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Support for 4k sector disks Intel® Rapid Storage Technology — Support for 4k sector disks in the WinPE image and with the windows 7 drivers.
Also update the Microsoft patch KB982018 (An update that improves the compatibility of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Advanced Format Disks is available) to both the Windows PE and Windows 7 Image.

With these updates my installation runs fine (for IDE and AHCI).

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