When you perform a clean installation of Windows 7 or of Windows Server 2008 R2, you may receive the following error during the device-detection phase of Setup: Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer's hardware. Microsoft has confirmed the issue and also offered details on the source of the error message.
"This error can occur if you try to install Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to an advanced 512-byte emulation (512e) format disk, and that drive is configured to emulate functionality similar to a RAID disk. Also, your computer has the following configuration," stated Microsoft via KB2466753.
To resolve this issue and install Win7 or R2 on your computer, follow these steps. Begin with Method 1.
Method 1: Download the appropriate drivers for your hard disk drive
Download and install the latest driver for your Win7 or R2 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 CD/DVD media. The flash drive or media will be used during the Setup phase for Win7 and for Server 2008 R2.
Method 2: Change the BIOS hard disk drive setting to AHCI or IDE
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. When 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.