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Windows 7: "No device drivers were found ..." when trying a clean Win7 install

23 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
"No device drivers were found ..." when trying a clean Win7 install


I've a samsung with some extra samsung features (samsung update plus, speed up manager, recovery system etc.) and they bug me. Therefore I wanna do a clean installation on my laptop but when I boot up on my USB (works fine) I get the following message "No device drivers were found ..." instead of having access to the partition manager.
I've done a lot of research on my problem but haven't come up with any solutions yet. Does anybody out there know what to do?

Btw., I've tried the to boot other laptops with the USB stick and it works like a charm. I read somewhere that the problem could be that my laptop didn't load the SATA drivers, which is needed for the partition manager, that might be the problem but I don't know where to find the drivers though.
Furthermore I've noticed that I can't see my USB drive when I browse for files only C:/ (system disk), D:/ (primary), E:/ (some recovery disk) and X:/ (boot) and that might be the problem I guess!? Strange this that I boot from the USB stick though

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Dec 2011   #2


Format the USB stick using Universal USB Installer with Win7 in dropdown menu. Boot under USB, Removable or HD's in one-time BIOS Boot Menu. Set HD to boot first in BIOS setup.

I would first make sure your Samsung Recovery is not set up like in this thread, which is the worst nightmare I've seen here in thousands of successful clean reinstalls. The OEM software didn't work correctly when downloaded from webpage. Samsung claims the apps which work are stored on the Recovery partition which only enables the use of an image user is to save to external or DVD's. However if a small Recov partition is accidentally deleted during reinstall there is no access to this or the Recovery image - ever - and Samsung won't ship Recovery Disks. Apparently the only way to reinstall the Recov partition is if the image is saved to DVD's which will boot and run, but many save it to external instead.
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24 Dec 2011   #3

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As you have Samsung DO NOT CLEAN INSTALL.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Why not do a clean install when I have samsung?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Dec 2011   #5


We had a recent case where the webcam and Elan touchpad software wouldn't work correctly on Samsung when clean reinstalled and then reimported from Support Downloads webpage for the model.

Samsung tech support claimed the real downloads which would work are stored on the small OEM Recovery partition on HD and accessible via the hotkey after clean reinstall, but the user wasn't able to access them nor run Factory Recovery from an image she saved to her external HD.

Seems the Recovery will only run to recover all partitions including a corrupted Recovery partition if run from DVD's. It was quite a mess and really soured many of us to Samsung.

You can read about the case here to compare it to your model: New laptop, changing partition disks? - Windows 7 Forums
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I know it's been 2 weeks but if you decide you want to risk a clean install I may one idea. It is to include your SATA and possibly your USB 3 drivers on the USB so Windows Setup finds them. Place them in a folder named "$WinPEDriver$" in the root of the USB (subfolders are ok), presuming the USB is your install disc. Let us know if you want more help.
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