Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware,” is an error message that some customers attempting to install Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 received before the deployment failed.

Microsoft confirmed the issue and also offered details on the source of the error message.

According to the Redmond company, the problem involves scenarios in which users try to install either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to an advanced 512-byte emulation (512e) format disk.

The drive also needs to be configured in such a way as to emulate RAID disk functionality in order for the error message to be presented, the software giant explained. More »

Upgrading their LG notebook to Windows 7 has left some customers scrambling for new batteries after the new operating system suggested they needed to replace their old one, and scratching their heads when the “Consider replacing your battery” persisted.

Microsoft confirmed that users were seeing a warning message immediately after they made the jump to Windows 7 on certain LG notebooks, instructing them to replace their laptop’s battery.

However, customers that went ahead and swapped existing batteries or new ones, continued to see the message from the Windows Battery Meter.

The software giant explained that Windows 7 is not at fault for the problem. According to the Redmond company, the erroneous “Consider replacing your battery” messages are generated by a code defect in the system firmware (BIOS) of some LG notebooks, including the R500 family of laptops. More »

The first Beta for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is now approximately a month away from launch. Microsoft has already confirmed officially that it will offer early adopters the chance to download and test drive Windows 7 SP1 Beta and Windows Server 2008 SP1 Beta by the end of July 2010. However, the Redmond-based company has started posting content designed to help testers take Windows 7 SP1 Beta out for a spin. The “Troubleshoot problems installing a service pack for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2” from Windows Help is an illustrative example in this regard.

Microsoft is informing customers willing to jump the gun, download, install and run a pre-release copy of Windows 7 SP1 that they might not be able to go through with the deployment process. According to the software giant, failed installations could generate the following error message: “Installation was not successful.” More »

Microsoft has made a fix available for an issue affecting Windows 7 customers that also use fingerprint biometric device and applications leveraging the Windows Biometric Framework. According to the Redmond company, in certain scenarios, namely on restart or when putting the Windows 7 machine to sleep or in hibernation, users can come across a stop error message. “This problem occurs because requests on the pipe to the device are not cleaned up or are canceled,” the software giant stated.

The Redmond company failed to mention the fingerprint biometric devices and the WBF apps that fail to play nice with Windows 7. However, the software giant has already taken the necessary measures to help customers deal with eventual problems.

A hotfix can be grabbed from Microsoft Support, and is available not just for customers running the latest iteration of Windows client, but also for those with Windows Server 2008 R2. However, as is the general care for hotfix releases, the company underlines that only users affected by the problem described below should download and deploy the hotfix.

“Consider the following scenario: You have a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. You connect a fingerprint biometric device to this computer. More »

On the heels of the Windows 7 Release Candidate public download going live, Microsoft has released a hotfix designed to fix the RC bits. The Redmond company has acknowledged the existence of an issue where incorrect access control lists (ACLs) are associated with the Windows 7 root. As a direct consequence of this bug, Windows 7 RC users will find that some applications fail to perform under normal parameters, and that the operating system fails to deliver on simple tasks. According to Microsoft, only the Ultimate SKU of the English version of 32-bit Windows 7 is affected by the problem.

“The folder that is created as the root folder of the system drive (%SystemDrive%) is missing entries in its security descriptor. One effect of this problem is that standard users such as non-administrators cannot perform all operations to subfolders that are created directly under the root. Therefore, applications that reference folders under the root may not install successfully or may not uninstall successfully. Additionally, operations or applications that reference these folders may fail,” Microsoft explained. More »