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Windows 7: Problem Installing Win7 x86 - Missing Drivers

03 Aug 2011   #11
eliminatrix

Windows 7 v7600
 
 

Update - I ran clean then clean all on two separate HDDs and created partitions as per that tutorial but the SAME BLOODY THING. Windows just refuses to see the drive.
I had installed Windows XP SP3 to one drive and the MSI Live-Update software said there's an upgrade for my BIOS from 1.20 to 1.90 but I need a floppy disk + drive to flash it. Which I don't have :P
Is it possible to do an in-house upgrade from within Windows XP to Windows Vista?


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03 Aug 2011   #12
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eliminatrix View Post
Update - I ran clean then clean all on two separate HDDs and created partitions as per that tutorial but the SAME BLOODY THING. Windows just refuses to see the drive.
I had installed Windows XP SP3 to one drive and the MSI Live-Update software said there's an upgrade for my BIOS from 1.20 to 1.90 but I need a floppy disk + drive to flash it. Which I don't have :P
Is it possible to do an in-house upgrade from within Windows XP to Windows Vista?
Have a look at this,

Upgrade Install - XP to Windows 7

And this,

How to Update BIOS Without a Floppy Drive | eHow.com
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03 Aug 2011   #13
eliminatrix

Windows 7 v7600
 
 

Well, I've tried that link - updating the BIOS using a removable drive and no go either. Going to see if I can source a floppy disk + drive from a friend as well as an IDE HDD and see if Windows will install to that.
The other annoying thing is that the two Windows Vista DVDs I have, won't load an install / autorun program from within Windows XP.
I get the old error - This is not a valid Win32 program. Both DVDs are Win Vista x86
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03 Aug 2011   #14
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eliminatrix View Post
Well, I've tried that link - updating the BIOS using a removable drive and no go either. Going to see if I can source a floppy disk + drive from a friend as well as an IDE HDD and see if Windows will install to that.
The other annoying thing is that the two Windows Vista DVDs I have, won't load an install / autorun program from within Windows XP.
I get the old error - This is not a valid Win32 program. Both DVDs are Win Vista x86
Are you trying to boot the DVD's or run them from the desktop?

Upgrade installs are done from the desktop.
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03 Aug 2011   #15
eliminatrix

Windows 7 v7600
 
 

"Upgrade installs are done from the desktop."

Just trying to run the DVDs from 'My Computer' within Windows XP.

Edit - Sorry, still trying to get the hang of how to quote. When I click quote - it's grabbing all the text in your comment, including my quote
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03 Aug 2011   #16
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eliminatrix View Post
"Upgrade installs are done from the desktop."

Just trying to run the DVDs from 'My Computer' within Windows XP.
I guess someone with a better answer will have to jump in, sorry.
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03 Aug 2011   #17
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Make sure you have the latest BIOS update, then set SATA controller to AHCI to try install.

If BIOS is latest, reset BIOS to optimal settings: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Unplug all other HD's, boot from DVD, select Custom Install, choose Drive options to delete all partitions, create New and Format. Do not rely on dated Gparted tool for modern formatting.

You'll need to install an OS to use MCI Live Update to update BIOS, which is always safest from Windows.

What were the results of the other steps given earlier?

What exact errors are you getting when attempting to boot the Win7 and Vista DVD's to clean install?

In addition to these standard install troubleshooting steps, next try removing all but 2gb of RAM to try install. Swap Sticks.
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03 Aug 2011   #18
eliminatrix

Windows 7 v7600
 
 

I'll screen shot it for you:

Step 1: http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/1497/biosupdate1.png
Step 2: http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/6952/biosupdate2.png
Step 3: http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/2231/biosupdate3.png

After that, the window just closes and nothing happens. All the drivers from the MSI site have been installed except for audio :/ So I have no idea what drivers it's complaining about.

Edit - I tried copying the .exe and BIOS update file to a USB stick, but it just wouldn't boot from it
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03 Aug 2011   #19
gregrocker

 

As this is a new mobo, I would get MCI tech support to proceed with BIOS update which is risky enough to justify doing this. You may also have an issue known to them.

You can also table the BIOS update for now to try all other install troubleshooting steps starting with resetting CMOS, set SATA controller to AHCI, unplug all peripherals, try install with 2gb of RAM.

Confirm the error you are receiving when you 1) boot the Win7 installer, and 2) run installer from XP which appears to be installed now to run Live Update, both before and after the steps given.
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03 Aug 2011   #20
eliminatrix

Windows 7 v7600
 
 

"set SATA controller to AHCI"

There is no option in the BIOS to set the controller to AHCI, only those options I laid out in my original post
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