Alienware 17 R4 2017 review
My wife's old Dell desktop is no longer "fit for purpose" so I decided to build a new one for her and at the same time upgrade some components in my desktop computer.
In my computer I changed existing components for an Intel Q9650 CPU, Artic cooler, ASUS P5QL-E motherboard and 4 GB of DDR2 1066 MHz memory. Having used Windows 7 successfully for a couple of months as a dual boot I removed my OEM Vista Ultimate and now use Windows 7 PRC exclusively (with a full retail version on order).
My existing Intel Q6600 cpu, Zalman cooler, ASUS PK5C motherboard and 2 GB of 800 MHz memory were re-used in a new Antec case with 500W PSU, new graphics card, 2 new SATA hard drives and 2 SATA DVD-RW drives to make up her new computer. Because her new computer used the core components from my computer I assumed it was OK to reinstall the OEM Vista from my machine on her new hard drive.
However - when I tried to install Vista on the new/old build it refused to get beyond the point where I had to choose which drive to install it on. I got a message saying "This computer's hardware may not support booting up to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS memory".
However BIOS settings were all OK.
I then formatted the hard drive tried again and then got a message stating "Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation" and the installation refused to continue.
I was nonplussed because in effect all I am trying to do is reinstall Vista on the same motherboard, with the same cpu, same graphics - but in a new case and on a new hard drive.
Thus stymied - I installed Windows 7 without a problem
What's going on here? - I'm very puzzled.
Forgot to add, the SATA drivers may be on a hidden partition of the old drive.
Both computers have identical SATA hard and DVD drives. The Vista CD installed without a problem on my original computer onto the motherboard and cpu etc it is now not working with. Hence I doubt that it is an issue with SATA drivers.
In any event - Windows 7 (which is based on Vista) installed without a problem.
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