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Windows Setup could not configure Windows to run on this computer's hardware.

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Problem: After deployment of a Windows 7 image has completed, during the Sysprep stage you receive an error stating: "Windows Setup could not configure Windows to run on this computer's hardware."

Resolution:This is generally due to the use of an advanced format hard drive, especially on older hardware that wasn’t shipped with the advanced format hard drive. There are two considerations that need to be made to fix the issue.

First insure that hotfix KB982018 is installed in the virtual reference machine. Next check whether the Platform Pack contains a SATA node, if the node exists check the date/version of the driver by exporting it form the Platform Pack. If the driver doesn’t match the version information located here remove it from the Platform Pack. The SATA drivers come directly from the device manufacturer, with older devices the drivers are not always updated to support advanced format hard drives. By removing the SATA node the inbox drivers that were updated by the hotfix will be used.

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