I have a Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook (L322X) running Windows 7. Everything was fine up till a few days ago when Windows Update (for no reason!) decided to install some patches on my machine. When i next restarted, it started applying those Windows patches, and got hung Applying Update XX of XX. Multiple restarts and reboots didn't help. After trying a few things to resolve i gave up and i decided to perform a fresh Windows 7 install. (i have backups of all my files).
Does anyone have instructions on how to do a fresh install of Windows 7 from a USB drive on Dell XPS 13?
See Windows Reinstallation Guide/A Clean Install of Windows 7:
Note you will need to disable the USB 3.0 functionality of the USB ports otherwise the Windows 7 install will crash as Windows 7 has no native support for USB 3.0.
I tried following the instructions and I have disabled USB 3.0 as described (by toggling the Debugging switch in the BIOS of the Dell XPS 13). I have created a bootable USB disk, and managed to kickoff the initial stages of the Windows install. However, after the working thru the first few screens of the Windows 7 install, i am getting the following error (just after the section where it asks me to format my SSD disk):-
"Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. The error occured while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code: 0x80070057"
Would appreciate any help.
You'll need to load SATA drivers from here or here:
This will allow Windows to read/write to the SSD. For more details see here:
I downloaded the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver off the Dell ftp website as per suggested in your post above.
(refer to the below for the driver i downloaded)
I then extracted the driver files as per the instructions in the video in the last link and copied them to my USB key.
I then proceeded to kickoff Windows 7 install from the USB boot drive and Loaded the drivers as per your instructions.
All well and good.... however..... Windows 7 install still hangs when formatting the SSD.
Can i confirm if i have got the right driver loaded for my Dell XPS 13? (as wanted to eliminate incorrect drivers from the equation)
is there anything else i can try?
Try with the newer driver by Intel:
Also run the F12 preboot diagnostics in case the SSD has failed. It could be the reason for your initial problem.