I've spent the entire day attempting to fix this issue, but I think I'm up against several problems here and could use some advise, as they seem to be complicating each other.
Backstory: my HP Folio 13 came preloaded with all sorts of bloatware (no surprise there obviously), and I immediately went through and uninstalled everything HP related that I could. Everything seemed to be working just fine, with the exception of the WiFi wouldn't work reliably up on my college campus. No big deal, but I noticed there were some persistent HP files that I wanted to remove to free up space (I only have 120gb on the SSD). I attempted to do a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and this is where I believe I went wrong.
Just last week I reinstalled Windows 7 on an old Dell XPS laptop, beginning with formatting and deleting all partitions. I created 1 partition and installed Windows onto it, and then updated all drivers
through Microsoft Update tool. Everything worked great.
Attempting to do the same thing, I formatted and deleted all partitions on my HP Folio 13, and created 1 new partition to install windows onto. Immediately I was stopped and told I could not install windows onto the partition because I was missing device drivers. I'll jump to a quick overview:
Attempted install from USB created with Windows USB/DVD installer tool, with an OEM Windows 7 home premium x64 ISO. (no internal CD/DVD drive)
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible"
Attempted install with DVD created with the same Windows USB/DVD tool
-booted from DVD, began windows installation and immediately confronted with "A required CD/DVD device driver
is missing" issue.
I've attempted to repair the bootloader from the CMD prompt, but it can't find an OS (because I erased it). I can't format the C: because it gives me an error. I can't install from DVD because it's asking for drivers. I can't access Hard Drive information in the BIOS (it's nowhere, I've checked multiple times. no options). I can't install from USB because it gives me the bootloader error. I can't find appropriate drivers, or instructions to repair the bootloader. I've tried the windows recovery option and automatic repair, which gives me: "StartupRepairOffline" error.
So basically I have zero OS (from what I can determine), and can't get past the various errors to install the OS. This is totally my fault, I should have known better and should have been more careful, but are there any kind souls out there with any ideas that might help?
HP Folio 13 Notebook PC
product number: A4A69AV
System Board ID: 17F8
BIOS Version: F.02
Processor Type: Intel Core i5-2467M
*I'll get specific detailed error information tomorrow morning when I have a minute to redo all the steps I've attempted so far*