Windows 7 fails to install

hi experts,

i'm installing windows 7 pro on a laptop and it goes through the installation of copying files....expanding windows files....installing features...installing updates...and then on completing installation... is fails with error..

windows setup could not configure widnows to run on this computes hardware. it's a dell e6420.
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frankbustos --
Does'nt the dell e6420 come with Win 8 installed?  Downgrading is complicated.  If this is the case, let us know so specific instructions can be given.

In general and without reference to downgrading--
Is the drive on which you want to install formatted?  
Did you run the Upgrade Advisor on this laptop to determine if it can handle
Win 7?

If you can, run chkdsk /f /v /r on that drive from a command prompt.
Shahnawaz AhmedTechnical Services SpecialistCommented:
Dear Frankbustos,

To install Windows 7 with SATA RAID on you need to download from Dell "Intel Rapid Storage Technology (Pre-OS Install)". Extract this onto a USB drive and then as Windows 7 prompts you so manage the drive where you are going to install Windows 7 select the "Load Driver" button and load the above driver and then continue.

Also Try this.

At "windows setup cannot configure windows for this hardware"
Shift F10
Type -
Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
This should force it to finalize and create computer name, password, time, etc

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frankbustosAuthor Commented:
the second option worked. thanks!
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