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post #21 of 24
You have a key right?
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I've seen this before.
The reason I've found is that BIOS has set the drives to AHCI. Installs of Vista and Windows 7 and beyond will see these drives. However, Windows XP and older OSes will not see any drives unless they are set to SATA or IDE.
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I have an email with the CD key in it that says it's an upgrade from XP. Need XP before I can do anything.

You know you can do the twice install method if you have a upgrade key. This method involves installing a clean copy of the Windows 7 (same version as the one of your key) without entering serial numbers. Once the OS finishes. Reinstall Windows 7 from the OS. Select upgrade enter you key and once it completes. Activate and delete the Windows old folder.

Use to work for vista don't know why it wouldn't work for windows 7. Or you could download a copy of windows Vista and do the same thing. Install vista then install 7.

Vista and Windows 7 comes with SATA AHCI drivers for AMD and Intel chipsets.


http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/w/microsoft_os/3317.2-3-microsoft-windows-vista-official-iso-download-links-digital-river.aspx
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I have an email with the CD key in it that says it's an upgrade from XP. Need XP before I can do anything.

Create a disk with the download. You would actually have an option for an ISO download.

And then use this guide to install it: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html
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