Customers running Windows 7 have reported running into issues when attempting to install an Intel AHCI driver from the DVD or CD, as a part of deploying Microsoft’s latest iteration of the Windows client.

According to the software giant, users reported coming across an error message after they pressed F6 in order to load a vendor provided AHCI controller driver.

“The Intel Express Chipset SATA AHCI controller (E:\1046…\iaAHCI.inf) device driver could not be installed. Contact your vendor for an updated driver,” is an example of the information displayed to end users.

The Redmond company revealed that the issues can occur during the Windows 7 installation process, and only when customers attempt to install the AHCI driver from a DVD or CD media. More »

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 »

Walk through the process of installing Windows 7 from a USB source. In this video, you’ll learn how to :

1. Set boot priorities in the BIOS

2. Configure USB hard-drive emulation

3. Troubleshoot possible issues and implement solutions for images > 2GB

4. Perform the installation4.Perform the installation

More »

Windows Phone 7 users are required to signin to their smartphones using a Windows Live ID, just like Google’s Android uses a Gmail account. Once signed with a Windows Live ID, users will have access to Zune, Xbox LIVE, as well as Windows Phone Marketplace services.

Even though Windows Phone 7 is still in its infancy, its marketplace already features around 3,000 applications. However, the need for more third-party apps that cannot be found in the marketplace is rising.

Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t officially allow users to install third party apps on WM7 devices unless they’ve been approved by the company and posted in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Until last week, the easiest way to install third party apps was to download them directly from the Windows Phone Marketplace, or, if you don’t care about money, you could pay $99 per year for a developer marketplace registration account. More »

Concomitantly with the availability of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC), Microsoft also released an update designed to streamline certain scenarios such as the deployment and removal of the upgrade.

Just ahead of the 2010 Professional Developers Conference 2010 (PDC 2010), the Redmond company offered early adopters the next milestone of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, namely the RC Build.

At the same time, the software giant released the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 installation software feature update.

KB 976902 will be a requirement for the integration of upgrades into both the last Windows client and server platforms. More »