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Error message when you try to install Windows Vista on a computer that has uninitialized hard disks: "This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk"
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When you try to install Microsoft Windows Vista, you may receive the following warning message:
This problem occurs if the following conditions are true:
This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.
When you click Next to continue with the Setup program, you receive the following error message:
Additionally, the Setupact.log file may contain an entry that resembles the following:
Windows cannot find a system volume that meets requirements for installation.
2006-08-08 16:21:11, Info DumpDiskInformation: Disk has no apparent ARC path
This problem occurs because Windows Vista cannot distinguish between ambiguous hard disks.
In versions of Microsoft Windows Setup that are earlier than Windows Vista Setup, hard disks are marked with distinct values to distinguish them. However, this method of distinguishing hard disks is no longer supported because of the potential for data corruption on hard disks.
To resolve this problem, follow these steps: