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SayedMasihEmami
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How to do a clean installation of Windows 7 Professional 32bit on Z240 Tower Workstation

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Z240 Tower Workstation
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit)

I created a bootable USB for windows 7 professional 32bit, and booted with it to do a clean installation.

 

At the time of booting, only one normal hard disk (which was originaly included within this workstation) was connected through SATA interface.

 

Also, in Security Boot Configuration in BIOS, Legacy support was enabled and secure boot was disabled.

 

I also upgraded my BIOS to latest version (1.71 Rev.A) before doing this installation.

 

After I entered the setup, I found out that it does not detect my USB keyboard and mouse, and was forced to attach a PS2 mouse and keyboard to be able to proceed with the installation.

 

After solving the issue with mouse and keyboard, I was asked for selecting the driver to be installed. Then I downloaded the 32bit windows 7 drivers for this workstation and placed it on the 2nd partition of the same disk, so that I can point the installer to these drivers during the installation. I did accordingly (browsed for all different drivers for chipset, intel active management technology, intel rapid storage technology, USB3 host controller, etc followed by pressing Next), and the installer came up with the following error message:

 

"No new devices could be found. Make sure the driver files are correct and located on the driver installation media."

 

Can you provide me with some hints which enables me run a smooth installation of windows 7 32bit on this workstation?

 

Thanks in advance.

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windows 7 lacks native usb 3.x drivers 

 

windows 7 lacks the nessary driver(s) for the motherboards chipset SATA ports

 

both drivers can be downloaded from the HP driver page for your z240

 

All usb devices must be connected to usb 2.0 ports on setup, since there is no usb 3.0 support during setup

 

 

extract the SATA/RST driver either by running it and going to said folder or by using winzip/winRAR

 

once extracted, the DOS folder for the SATA driver needs to be copied to a formated USB key

 

when prompted at the no HD found page during setup, point it to the usb key (which must be in a USB 2.0 slot)

 

and the system will now find the drive and continue

 

 

if you wish you can slipstream both drivers into the win 7 setup by using a program called NTLite (google it)

 

i strongly recomend you skip windows 7 and install windows 10, as win 7 support will stop in 17 months

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I tried your suggested solution for integrating drivers with windows installation media using NTLite. But I'm getting the same error:

 

"A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk,  CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.

Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive, you can safely remove it for this step."

 

FYI. I put the windows 7 installation USB flash drive into a USB2 port, and started the installation through booting with that drive. 

Drivers I integrated with the installation are as follows:

 

Realtek High Definition Audio Driver for Z240 32-bit: https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp74001-74500/sp74035.exe

Intel Chipset Drivers for Microsoft Windows: https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp76001-76500/sp76104.exe

Intel Management Engine Software v1824.12: https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp86501-87000/sp86885.exe

Intel PROSet/Wireless for Bluetooth Technology Driver for Windows 7 32 Bit: https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp88001-88500/sp88100.exe

Intel Graphics Driver (32-bit) for Windows 7: https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp85001-85500/sp85110.exe

Intel Network Connections Drivers Release 20.4 for Windows 7 32-bit: https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp73501-74000/sp73566.exe

Intel PROSet/Wireless LAN Technology Driver For Windows 7 32 Bit: https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp82501-83000/sp82522.exe

Intel Wireless LAN Drivers: https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp87501-88000/sp87799.exe

Intel Rapid Storage Technology Utility and Driver for Microsoft Windows 7 x86: https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp73501-74000/sp73501.exe

Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller for Skylake: https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp74001-74500/sp74052.exe

 

Besides, there is no DOS folder in RST driver extracted folder (Intel Rapid Storage Technology Utility and Driver for Microsoft Windows 7 x86: https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp73501-74000/sp73501.exe). It only contains the following:

 

Drivers

+ iaAHCIC.cat

+ iaAHCIC.inf

+ iaStorA.sys

+ iaStorAC.cat

+ iaStorAC.inf

+ iaStorF.sys

SetupRST.exe

 

Can you either point me to the SATA/RST driver download link, which solves this problem, or make the win7pro.sp1.x86 iso image and upload somewhere so that I can get it and proceed with installation?

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As additional information, I've updated BIOS to the latest version using this tool:

HP Z240/Z238 series Workstation System BIOS https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp85001-85500/sp85284.exe

 

I also upgraded intel management engine firmware to latest version using this tool:

Intel Management Engine (11.8) Firmware Update and Utilities https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp90001-90500/sp90100.exe

 

Any hints would be highly appreciated.

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After integrating the RST drivers into installation, when I browse to RST drivers downloaded to some other location on the same hard drive, I'm getting this error:

 

"The [Intel Chipset SATA RAID Controller (E:\HP Z240 Drivers - Win7 32bit\Intel Rapid Storage Technology Utility and River for Microsoft Windows 7 x86\Drivers\iaStorAC.inf)] device driver could not be installed. Contact your vendor for an updated driver."

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Skipping Windows 7 is not possible for us, since production is based on a 32bit program made 18 years ago, which is dependent on some drivers that are not compatible with windows 10.

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wrong drivers being used? or not slip streamed into image 

 

main HP z240 driver page:

 

https://support.hp.com/ee-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-z240-tower-workstation/8354563

 

 

win 7/8x/10 RST driver: pay attention to descriptions!!!!! read all text,

since win 7 support will be ending in less than 17 months i strongly recomend you use windows 10

 

if you insist on using windows 7 you will need to locate drivers by the device hardware id(s), google on how to do this

 

https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/sln121527/how-to-find-drivers-for-devices-using-a-hard...

 

note: edited link to win 7 32 bit HP driver page (for some reasion my browser will not load the this page at this time)

HP does list win 7 drivers

 

please describe how and which part of the win 7 image you are intergrating drivers into this link may help:

 

https://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Guide-Integration-of-drivers-into-a-Win-image.html

 

 

 

 

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The link you provided is for Windows 7 x64, but I'm trying to install Windows 7 32bit. Does it still fit to my case although it's x64?

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again,........read the description carefully it does state win 7/8x compatability!!!!!

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yes the intel rst driver is 32/64 bit and the later v15 can also be used under win 7

 

https://www.necacom.net/index.php/intel/rst/10802-intel-rapid-storage-technology-rst-version-15-5-2-...

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