Windows 7 Discussion on Windows 7 and operating it on the Dell Mini series.
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Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: Error message installing Windows 7 - 01-15-2009, 06:08 PM
When you power on, go into the BIOS by pressing 2. See what BIOS version you're using. I believe you may need to be running at lease A03. You can download the current version, A04 from Dell's website.
somms has also put together a bootable bios installer that you can use if xp isn't still available on your mini.
Join Date: Sep 2008
Re: Error message installing Windows 7 - 01-15-2009, 06:30 PM
Updating the bios is a good idea. I'm running A03 and didn't have any issues installing Windows 7 on my Dell 16GB SSD or the Runcore 64GB SSD.
Is the disk formatted Fat32 by any chance?
You may also want to try some of the suggestions in this kb... it's a Vista article but the same concept should apply:
933171 You cannot select or format a hard disk partition when you try to install Windows Vista
http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... -US;933171
Method 5 is a good one, it walks you through booting off the setup CD and using diskpart to get the drive configured.
To use the Diskpart.exe utility to clean the hard disk, follow these steps: 1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then restart the computer.
2. Install Windows Vista. During the installation process, in the Where do you want to install Windows screen, press SHIFT+F10 to open a command prompt.
3. Click Start , click Run , type diskpart , and then click OK .
4. At the command prompt, type list disk , and then press ENTER. A list of available hard disks is displayed.
5. At the command prompt, type sel disk number , and then press ENTER. The hard disk is now selected.
Note number is the number of the hard disk that you want to clean.
6. At the command prompt, type det disk , and then press ENTER. A list of partitions on the hard disk is displayed. Use this information to verify that the correct disk is selected.
7. Make sure that the disk does not contain required data, type clean all at the command prompt, and then press ENTER to clean the disk. All the data and all the partitions on the disk are permanently removed.
8. Type exit , and then press ENTER.
9. Run Windows Vista Setup to perform a clean installation of Windows Vista.
Join Date: May 2009
07-20-2009, 05:32 PM
I ran into this when I was trying to install Win7 on my double wide. My initial thought was that the drive wasn't seated right, I powered it down and pulled the drive and reinstalled it. On the second attempt Windows installed just fine, I have no idea if messing with the drive actually had anything to do with it though.
64gb SuperTalent Double Wide | 2gb RAM | eBay bluetooth | Windows 7
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Lahore | Manama | Washington
08-08-2009, 06:34 PM
I have never installed Win7 via DVD--until now. I always install from my USB stick, whether it is 32bit or 64bit.
For those who are getting the message "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu" while installing Win7 from USB, this is because Windows is uncertain about which disk to install to. The USB stick confuses it. The only way around this is to install from DVD. I did that and it installed just fine. As far as I can tell, this has to do with the MiniPCIe interface on the Mini9/A90. The USB drive clearly interferes with how it is recognized during the Windows installation.
I hope this helps folks who arrive here via Google, as I did
Edit: Just wanted to note that I am running the RunCore SSDs so perhaps the host USB controller on these drives messes things up. Apparently people have installed Win7 just fine on the stock drives via USB.
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