I was installing Windows & on one of my client machines and got the following error message” Windows could not complete the installation. To install windows on this computer restart the installation”, installation will not complete system reboot will go in loops few times till system hangs. This error occurs because of Intel Storage drivers that was included in release of Windows 7 and Server 2008. This issue is resolved in Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1.
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.
- 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.