quick question about windows 7 builds

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Eric, Jun 9, 2011.

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    Eric Guest

    I'm finally upgrading my computer to windows 7 and I was under the
    impression that I did not have to install raid drivers from a floppy during
    the initial windows 7 install like I did with XP but when I go to my
    motherboard's website and select my OS to download drivers it gives me the
    RAID drivers with just that explination. I am assuming that this is a catch
    all for anyone running XP but it has me concerned, will I have to find a
    floppy to start the install?
    Eric, Jun 9, 2011
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    Eric Guest

    Never mind.. I found where I can load it from a flash drive.. but I do have
    another question, my motherboard (MSI K9A2 Platinum) only has drivers for
    one of the raid controllers... should I assume that windows 7 has the
    promise raid controller already installed on the disk? I asked promise and
    they had no idea, but assumed that this particular controller was no longer
    Eric, Jun 9, 2011
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    John Doe Guest

    Try breaking that up into smaller parts.
    Which motherboard? Post a link to your motherboard's website. Is RAID
    John Doe, Jun 9, 2011
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    Eric Guest

    RAID's definitely working because I can see it in the bios... but I've hit
    another snag as it won't load from a SATA CD drive (says it's missing
    drivers) and I don't have a older drive handy...
    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/K9A2 Platinum.html#/?div=Driver&os=Win7 64
    Eric, Jun 9, 2011
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    Paul Guest

    Before you start a project like that, you have the option to run the
    Upgrade Advisor and see what it says.


    During the install process itself, it is possible for an installer
    to use BIOS calls to access hardware storage devices. That is why
    sometimes, you can have an installer process work, and yet upon a
    reboot, the OS won't start (because when the OS runs, it stops using
    BIOS calls and uses the drivers the OS owns).

    See what the Upgrade Advisor reports first. The Upgrade Advisor
    may require .NET libraries, and the last couple of times I used
    advisors, I needed to do additional downloads to meet the requirements
    of running it. The Upgrade Advisor also doesn't support older
    Windows OSes (which is stupid), so if say, you had a Windows 98 machine
    and wanted to query whether the computer could run Windows 7,
    the Advisor could not help. You need a relatively recent OS, to
    get the Advisor to work.

    Paul, Jun 9, 2011
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    Eric Guest

    Well the urge to upgrade to windows 7 was prompted by my main system drive
    failing after 5 years of service. I guess I could install XP first then load
    everything and run the advisor then just do a reinstall with Windows 7...
    Thanks for the link and advice, I'll definitely look into it!
    Eric, Jun 10, 2011
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