Greg - Windows 7 is both an ISO and DVD that we use here at work, which has been installed on multiple systems without any issues (yet). To remove the ram, I'm going to have to remove the rubber bumpers under the system, which I really don't want to do as this is fresh out of the box and just in case we have to return this for any reasons. I don't want them to refuse it because I cracked it open.
This is a 32bit O/S that I'm trying to install, btw. I've also tried changing the AHCI and resetting of the bios already, no luck.