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Windows 7: My Windows 7 Install

06 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
My Windows 7 Install

Like many members here, I love technology. But, I never got on the Vista train. I built a 64-bit system and decided to run XP 64-bit. Overall, XP has been a nice ride.

Over the past few months, I read with curiosity the excitement over Windows 7. Even the usual Microsoft cynics find it hard to speak poorly of Redmond’s new product. In addition, software manufacturers jumped onboard supporting not only the new operating system, but the 64-bit version as well.

So, I bought the ticket for a new OS train. Okay, you’re right – enough train analogies.

I ordered the OEM version of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit from Newegg. Shipment was quick. Then, I am lucky – I live in Little Rock, Arkansas and one of the Newegg warehouses is in Memphis.

Planning no substantial changes in my hardware, I made backups of all the important stuff (i.e.: me and my wife’s resume. I’m just sayin’!) Also searched and downloaded drivers, updates, and a few new programs I was thinking of trying. Check, check, and check!

The one tweak planned is a RAID zero setup for the main drive. Combining my two 160-gig Western Digital SATA drives for a possible nano-second increase in speed. This means I will be diligent in making regular backups to my third EIDE drive.
With the BIOS set, I was ready to start the install.

A little history: Before the install, I unplugged the third EIDE drive. When I installed XP, all three drives were plugged in and the OS went to the D drive. Not a big deal, but I hated it. It was my fault for setting the wrong order in BIOS. So, you know what they say about hindsight.

Popping in the DVD install disk, the system roared alive! After a few seconds - BOOM! My first error.
Load Driver

A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.

I don’t have the RAID driver on a floppy. After self flogging with some old CAT-5 cables, I discover the driver Windows is looking for is for the new hard drive configuration. At this stage, Windows is not “seeing” the hard drive. I searched the CD that came with the motherboard as well as the INF folder on the Windows 7 install disk - no go.
Also see: Windows 7 Install Driver Issue?
I tried installing the drivers downloaded from the chipmaker (AMD/ATI) and still no luck.

I ended up dropping the RAID config and going to SATA>ACHI in BIOS. Once that was done, the install went without a hitch. Windows 7 found all the hardware, installed the drivers, and automatically connected to the Internet.

Next, the customization and tweaking.

More to come...

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Dec 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP


Thanks Joe! This is what we needed to know.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

All the Microsoft updates have been running smoothly. It also updated all the hardware drivers.

I installed Office 2007 last night - again, not a hitch.

FYI: I am running Microsoft Security Essentials with Defender and firewall turned on. I purposely went to a less than respectable website and it performed flawlessly fighting off any threat.

In addition, so far, I have been installing on one drive, I reconnected the other two drives last night. I have moved the My Documents, music, downloads, etc folders for each account to the second drive. I have also moved the temporary files in Environment Variables to the second hard drive. The third drive (and IDE) will serve as a backup drive.

If you know of other cache/temp folders not shown in the E.V., please let me know. I would like to move them as well. I wonder if there is a benefit to moving the pagefile to another drive?


I just spotted this at PC Magazine. Will something close to this work in Windows 7 running IE8?

To make all user accounts on a Windows 2000/XP system share the same Favorites, you have to tweak the Registry. Export the Favorites first. Now log on as each user and navigate to the Registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Locate the value named Favorites and change its data from the default of




Then import the saved Favorites into any user account.
The "all users profile" variable could prove to be useful.

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