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Windows 7: Installing windows 7 home premium on blank HD, missing drivers.

09 May 2014   #1

Windows home premium x64
 
 
Installing windows 7 home premium on blank HD, missing drivers.

Hey guys, my hardrive burnt up so I went to a computer repair shop to see if He could check it out, when we were 100% it was done for he had a blank laptop hard drive he could sell me with a burnt windows 7 disk or charge 75$ extra to install it for me. I of course took the blank HD with the installation disk and went home and started it, but when I started the installation I got to the part where it requires drivers but it didn't find any on the disk.

My question is, since I'm going to have to get drivers, can I use a flashdrive to install the drivers? And if so, do I have to format the flashdrive or anything so it will read the drivers?


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09 May 2014   #2

Windows home premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Techmans View Post
Yes you can use your flash drive for provide drivers to the windows 7 setup. It does not need to format but you have to locate the driver files to Windows setup.
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Is there any chance that you know specifically which drivers I need to download, just so that I can get the hard drive going and be able to get online so that I can auto update the rest of the drivers?

The laptop itself is a...
Hp Pavilion g7 Notebook
Product number A7A44UA#ABA

I downloaded the graphics and audio drivers, along with the wifi one, but are there any that it absolutely has to have in order to work? I've read elsewhere about a chipset driver, but I cannot find it on the HP website.

Once I get it started i'll be using public wifi to get the rest of the drivers as well via auto update im assuming, or I can just download the rest as i see fit.
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09 May 2014   #3

Windows home premium x64
 
 

Just got back home and popped in the flash drive with the drivers I downloaded from hp-Hewlett, and the laptop cant find them, it shows all the folders from my other things but not them, anyone know as to why?
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09 May 2014   #4

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

As long as you have your wifi driver, you can get the rest later if needed.

Regarding the installer asking for drivers, I would start over with,

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Using a fresh download of the install media in step one.
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09 May 2014   #5

Windows home premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
As long as you have your wifi driver, you can get the rest later if needed.

Regarding the installer asking for drivers, I would start over with,

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Using a fresh download of the install media in step one.
Any idea why all of the drivers I downloaded aren't showing up on the "select the driver to be installed" part of the installation? All I have is a burned windows 7 installation disk, and this flashdrive with what I thought were the correct drivers. The rest I'm having to do at the public library, so burning a disk is out of the question. Although everyone told me having this USB would be enough.

After downloading them, I didn't click on them, do I have to install them or something first onto the flash drive in order for the computer to find and read them? Because there's a option to "hide drivers that are not compatible with hardware on this computer" and even when I click to see all drivers, even non compatible ones, nothing shows up.
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09 May 2014   #6

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Since it doesn't tell you what drivers it wants, it's hard to advise further, to be honest you shouldn't need to.

The reason I suggested a fresh download was to be sure you had an up to date installer, free of possible corruption.

Try working through these steps,

Windows 7 Installation Failure - Overcome
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09 May 2014   #7

Windows home premium x64
 
 

Wel I tested the hardrive in the BIOS and got Quick (303) 1 which when I googled it, is apparently saying the hardrive is no good, I put the CD into the desktop on my other 2 hardrives that need a OS as well and get the same "No device drivers were found. make sure that the installation media contains the correct drivers, and then click OK." Message, not sure what to do with that link you sent me with just the installation disk and flash drive though. Probably just going to try and find a desktop on craigslist or something for its Hardrive with a OS already on it since I cant get my desktop or laptop to read the drivers on the last 2 flashdrives I've used.
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09 May 2014   #8
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I would not give up on that PC. If the HD is connected correctly and is not being detected in BIOS setup or by a good Windows 7 installer, then take it back and have the store replace their bad merchandise. They can't rip you off like that and get away with it as it's theft.

The error message you're getting means the installation media is also bad, so the store needs to either make good their bad merchandise and installation media or refund your money.

If you have a flash stick you can download the latest official installer for your licensed version by clicking here Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 English Official ISO download to write it to a 4gb flash stick using the tool provided in Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool . Format the stick first by plugging it in to rightclick on it at Start>Computer to Format. Once it's written, you can again download your wireless driver to it from the HP Support Downloads webpage for your model PC. If there is more than one Wireless LAN driver download them all to the stick.

Now boot the stick using the HP F9 key, follow the illustrated steps in Clean Install Windows 7.

Once its installed if it's not ready to connect to network, install the wireless LAN driver to connect, enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) then Check for Updates, install all Important and Optional Windows Updates, with reboots, until there are no more offered when you go back to Check for Updates.

Any drivers then still missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model. We can help you find any that are elusive.

If you stick with the tips, tools and methods in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 you'll get and keep a perfect install.
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10 May 2014   #9

Windows home premium x64
 
 

Alrighty, I found a "HP pavilion all in one" computer for 100$ on craigslist, thing runs great so hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to format my flashdrive now since I couldn't at the library, thanks for all the help guys!
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10 May 2014   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

So what are you doing with the laptop?
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