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Help with re-installing Windows 7

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November 21, 2012 6:48:38 PM

Hello,
I am trying to re-install Windows 7 on my xps15 l502x dell laptop. Everytime I try to re-install, however, i keep getting the same error message where it says "a cd/dvd driver is missing" (or something to that effect) or something about how I dont have the right drivers for my media. I try to install using drivers I downloaded from the dell website that are both on my usb and on my hard drive, but they don't actually show up. I'm getting really frustrated, can anybody help me?

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November 21, 2012 6:56:37 PM

Hi
Is the USB drive FAT formatted? Another option would be slipstreaming the SATA driver using vLite or setting SATA to IDE in BIOS.
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November 21, 2012 6:57:08 PM

Boot off of a floppy (old school), USB or BartPE cd and then format the drive and make it bootable. Then copy the contents of the CD/DVD to the drive in a folder called C:\Windows\i386. I then boot to that drive and run the installer.

This may help you as then you dont need any drivers for your CD/DVD player.
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November 21, 2012 7:06:35 PM

Im using a live USB. I can get it in all the way to the installation, so I know its recognizing my USB. But it is having some driver problems.... but I already having it booting the USB, I have that part done with.
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November 21, 2012 7:08:25 PM

Wait, Skippy27, which contents are you saying I should copy over? And are you saying I should format my entire hard drive first, and then install it? I was under the impression I could install Windows and it would wipe the drive for me.
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November 21, 2012 7:20:54 PM

Okay, from searching around, it would seem that the problem is that both my USB drive and my USB port are USB 3.0, and Windows 7 doesn't ship with drivers for these or something like that. Time to search for a DVD and hope the problem doesn't still occur!
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