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08-17-2018 06:16 AM
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.
08-17-2018 10:13 AM - edited 08-17-2018 10:15 AM
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
08-20-2018 04:53 AM
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:
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?
08-20-2018 05:01 AM
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.
08-20-2018 05:09 AM
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."
08-20-2018 05:40 AM - edited 08-20-2018 06:01 AM
wrong drivers being used? or not slip streamed into image
main HP z240 driver page:
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
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: