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Windows setup could not configure to run on this computer's hardware

I am trying to install Windows 7 on with raid0 my desktop, One is old and one is new Seagate Barracuda 320GB HD When the windows is almost done installing the message pops up saying "Windows setup could not configure Windows to run on this computer's hardware."

I searched online for answers and it is a dead end.
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  1. specs ?

    All the best Brett :)
  2. EVGA X58 SLI LE
    i7 with Corsair H60
    2 Seagate Barrauda 320GB HD,One is new and one is old.
    EVGA GTX 560 TI 2GB GDDR5
    6GB of Ram
  3. Best answer
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe
    This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc.
  4. Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe
    This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc.



    Great advice. Much better than m$ helpful solutions.
  5. Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe

    After searching and search, reformating, and evertythingelse I could think of.. this worked..

    question is.. why? what is msoobe? from what I've seen searching, it's Microsfot out of box experience.. is that right? I'm just curious..

    but damn, THANK YOU so much! I've been trying for hours to downgrade win 8 to win 7 on my friends lappy.. (shes moving tomorrow) and it was stuck with the this error.. and I was ready to give up and just buy another one and figure it out later..

    again.. thank you sir!
  6. Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe
    This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc.


    Great answer! Much appreciated! Thanks.
  7. Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe
    This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc.


    Mattam111, you are genius! I came to the same sticky end and your solution worked as a dream. Thank you very much!
  8. Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe
    This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc.


    Thank you!!!
  9. Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe
    This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc.


    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!! I was on the edge of a thrombo when I found this. Just brilliant - thank you for taking the time to post this.
  10. OH MY TECHNO GODS THANK YOU!!! Simle and effective, must remember this!

    Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe
    This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc.
  11. this solution has helped me with my lenovo z400 downgrade, i started an account only for say thanks !
  12. Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe
    This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc.


    Anonymous said:
    this solution has helped me with my lenovo z400 downgrade, i started an account only for say thanks !
  13. Hello bro , please i pass through your answer but am not understanding what i doing after get this file named oobe, please help..
  14. “Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware” installation error on a Windows 7-based or a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer
    Article ID: 2466753 - View products that this article applies to.
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    Collapse imageSYMPTOMS
    When you perform a clean installation of Windows 7 or of Windows Server 2008 R2, you may receive the following error message during the device-detection phase of setup:
    Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware.
    This error can occur when you try to install Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 on a system if the following situation is true on your PC:

    You are installing by using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM media.

    Note: Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 are not affected by this issue.
    Your system has an Intel storage controller that is configured to "RAID" mode in the BIOS. (This is a standard setting for many PC manufacturers)
    The hard drive you are installing to ia an "Advanced Format" disk.

    Note Advanced Format disks have a physical sector size of 4 kilobytes and a logical emulated sector size of 512 bytes. "Advanced Format" is a new technology being adopted by PC manufacturers to increase media format efficiency which will lead to larger capacity hard drives. If you are replacing a hard drive in an older PC, you may be more likely to encounter this issue.

    How do I know if I have this issue?
    To determine whether your system is affected by this issue, follow these steps:

    Insert a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 DVD into your DVD drive, and then close the drive.
    Restart your computer, and then press a key on the keyboard when you receive the following message:
    Press any key to boot from CD or DVD
    Set the following preferences, and then click Next.
    Language to install
    Time and currency format
    Keyboard or input method
    On the next screen, select Repair your computer.
    In the System Recover Option dialog box, select the drive that you tried to install Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
    In the Choose a Recovery Tool box, select Command Prompt.
    Change to the drive that you want to install Windows on. (In a standard installation, this is drive C.) Type Notepad, and then press ENTER.
    In Notepad, click Open on the File menu, and then browse to %systemroot%\Panther.

    Note On a standard installation to drive C, the path is C:\Windows\Panther. (On most PCs this will be the C:\Panther folder)
    Open the file setuperr.log, and look for lines that resemble these:

    2010-09-23 17:34:58, Error [0x0f0082] SYSPRP LaunchDll:Failure occurred while executing 'C:\Windows\System32\scecli.dll,SceSysPrep', returned error code 1208[gle=0x000003e5]
    2010-09-23 17:34:59, Error [0x060435] IBS Callback_Specialize: An error occurred while either deciding if we need to specialize or while specializing; dwRet = 0x4b8

    Note If these lines and errors exist, note the errors.
    Open the setupact.log file that is located in the same directory, and then look for the line that resembles the following line:

    2010-09-23 17:31:26, Info SYSPRP SPPNP: iaStorV is the function driver for device PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2822&SUBSYS_2819103C&REV_02\3&33FD14CA&0&FA

    Note If this line exists, it indicates that the drive on which you are trying to install Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 is configured in a RAID configuration.

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    Collapse imageCAUSE
    This error occurs because of an issue with the Intel storage controller driver that's included in the released versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2. This issue is resolved in Windows 7 SP1 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.
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    Collapse imageRESOLUTION
    To help resolve this issue and install Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 on your computer, follow these steps. Method 1 is the easiest and preferred method. If you cannot complete method 1, try method 2.

    Method 1: Download the appropriate drivers for your hard disk drive
    Download and install the latest drivers for your Windows 7-based or Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer. To do this by using another computer, visit the following Intel website and download the appropriate drivers for your hard disk drive (either 32-bit or 64-bit) to a flash drive. Or, burn the drivers onto a CD or DVD. The flash drive or the disc will then be used during setup of Windows 7 or of Windows Server 2008 R2.
    http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-031502.htm

    Go to another computer that has an internet connection and click the link below to download the driver for your hard disk drive (either 32-bit or 64-bit):

    http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-031502.htm
    Save this downloaded driver to a DVD or USB flash drive or an external hard drive that can be taken to the PC that you're installing Windows to.
    Next, start the installation of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 and watch for the Load Driver option. You will see this option on the Where do you want to install Windows? screen in the lower right corner.
    Connect the USB flash or external drive to the computerthat you're installing Windows or take the Windows DVD out of the drive and put the driver DVD into the drive. (You will put the Windows DVD back into that drive after the driver is loaded)
    Click Load Driver, (clicking this option checks removable media for storage controller drivers)
    Once the driver is loaded, continue with the Windows setup.

    The Advanced Drive Format hard drive will be recognized and Setup will continue as expected.

    Method 2: Change the BIOS hard disk drive setting to AHCI or IDE

    Warning This procedure may involve changing your hard disk drive settings in the BIOS. Incorrect changes to the BIOS of your computer can result in serious problems. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems that result from changes to the BIOS can be resolved. Change the BIOS settings at your own risk. Incorrect or corrupted BIOS settings can cause startup problems or shutdown problems.

    You can change the hard disk drive setting in the BIOS to AHCI or to IDE if the hard disk drive setting is currently set to a RAID configuration. If you set the hard disk drive to AHCI or to IDE, you do not have to install the driver that you obtained in method 1.

    Microsoft cannot provide specific instructions for how to change the BIOS settings because they are specific to your computer. For information about the correct BIOS settings for your computer and how to check and change these settings, see your computer documentation, or contact the manufacturer of your computer.
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    Collapse imageMORE INFORMATION
    For more information about Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 compatibility with Advanced Format disks, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    982018 An update that improves the compatibility of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Advanced Format Disks is available
    Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

    The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.
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  15. Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe
    This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc.


    You are awesome, awesome, SIMPLY AWESOME. You saved me. Thanks a lot, dude!
  16. Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe
    This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc.
  17. IMPOSSIBLE! ... indeed you did it!!! THANK YOU!!!
  18. Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe
    This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc.


    Hi, I was rather hoping this would be the solution I was searching for, but unfortunately it caused me other problems...

    I have created a VM in Virtualbox, The host is Windows 7 x64 and the guest is Windows Server 2008 R2, no issues installing, as I have done this many times before. I added AD role and installed important updates. All was ok. I wanted to make this a base for linked clones, thus saving disk space for multiple VMs. This has not been an issue before, I sysprepped my new machine as OOBE (generalised). I created a clone from the base machine, but when I started it up I received the all too familiar error message "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware".

    I tried starting up the base image and that does not start either, since I used sysprep and get the same error.

    I used your solution, which enabled me to get past the error, but was greeted by another error when I tried to logon:
    "The security database on the server does not have a computer account for this workstation trust relationship"

    The machine seems to have forgotten that it's a DC, the hostname has changed to a Windows generated one (WIN-361H252JPTD). The administrator account is there as I can list it with net user and have reset the password, but having done that I get another error message: "An attempt was made to logon, but the network logon service was not started"

    I attempted to start the service manually but received "Could not start the Net Logon service on Local Computer.
    Error 0xc0000064: 0xc0000064
    "

    What I don't understand is that I've used sysprep before with Win Server 2008 VMs, without any issues...

    Does anyone have any ideas?
  19. You are Hero man!! you saved me, i am looking for this error since 5 days!!
  20. saved the day, thanks.
  21. HiroMiya said:
    EVGA X58 SLI LE
    i7 with Corsair H60
    2 Seagate Barrauda 320GB HD,One is new and one is old.
    EVGA GTX 560 TI 2GB GDDR5
    6GB of Ram


    remove stick after first restart
  22. Hei ! You just take out your hard drive from the casing then you take in back . After that , format your PC . For sure, its solved !
  23. Johnathan Post said:
    Mattam111 said:
    By now I'm sure you have fixed it but...
    At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
    Shift F10
    Type -
    Cd..
    Cd..
    Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
    Msoobe

    After searching and search, reformating, and evertythingelse I could think of.. this worked..

    question is.. why? what is msoobe? from what I've seen searching, it's Microsfot out of box experience.. is that right? I'm just curious..

    but damn, THANK YOU so much! I've been trying for hours to downgrade win 8 to win 7 on my friends lappy.. (shes moving tomorrow) and it was stuck with the this error.. and I was ready to give up and just buy another one and figure it out later..

    again.. thank you sir!





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  24. HiroMiya said:
    I am trying to install Windows 7 on with raid0 my desktop, One is old and one is new Seagate Barracuda 320GB HD When the windows is almost done installing the message pops up saying "Windows setup could not configure Windows to run on this computer's hardware."

    I searched online for answers and it is a dead end.
  25. I did the above and after I enter time, select network it says windows is finalizing installation the screen goes black. It doesn't come back. Any help would be greatly appreciated since Sony was useless. Thanks!
  26. If you have an older PC like 2010 or earlier and you just try to upgrade your hard drive then you might have a problem like I did. Most of the newer hard drives have "AF" stamped on the outside of the hard drive. AF stands for advanced format, and that is not compatible with some of the older PCs. You need to get a different hard drive. You need to get a 512 bite sector hard drive. This was the case when I tried to upgrade my HP computer model name is HPE-240f
  27. Thanks very much. This was really helpful.
  28. Thank you very much for this solution, it helped me with the companies t400 lenovo.
    tried everything else and reached here to see the answer to be this simple! thanks again
  29. @Mattam111 Thank you so much you are a life saver, your solution works fine for me just came here and created an account to say thank you man you're a Hero
  30. Thanks again. This fix worked for us on a Dell XPS 8700 with Raid1. - Dean, MossyTech
  31. Marvelos solution I never seen this type of solution your genious no words for your talent .a small ex :sky that is your talent we cannot measure.its worked for me
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