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 »
Microsoft is helping Windows 7 customers deal with poor startup performance in the context in which they have at least one external SATA port that is not used.
The Redmond company has confirmed an issue related to the latest iteration of the Windows client, in which customers can experience sluggish boot times on computers that have an unused external SATA port.
And while the software giant is not offering affected users an update to resolve the issue, it is providing them with a hotfix which can be downloaded from Microsoft Support.
“You experience a long startup time on a Windows 7-based computer that has an unused external SATA port,” reads Microsoft’s description of the problem.
For those not familiar with SATA, the acronym stands for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment, and is essentially a consumer mass storage interconnect designed for the ATA command protocol. More »
If your PC is less than a year old there’s a fair chance it has SATA (Serial ATA) hard drives, which basically means they’re a bit faster than the old PATA (Parallel ATA) or IDE drives, that used those big clumsy ribbon cables. Anyway, Windows Vista has built-in support for SATA drives but it’s not enabled by default so you could be missing out on a small performance gain.
To put that right go to Device Manager and there’s a couple of quick ways to do that, More »