Solved Trying to install Windows 11 on Laptop with NVME m.2 drive.


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The Windows installer still can't see a NVME drive. This is rather annoying. Microsoft should really fix this. I tried to google the problem but all the solutions show what to do with Windows to prepare the drive. Currently the system has Fedora Lenux installed. So I can't run any Windows programs to prepare the drive. I believe I have to add some drivers to the USB drive with the Windows installer, but I don't know where to get these drivers or how to put them on the USB drive and it still be bootable. I do have other computers running Windows, so a Windows method for creating this USB drive that will see the NVME drive so i can install Windows. Any help would be appreciated.
 
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HI, specs would be great. Laptop or desktop. Model and brand
 

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You can get the drivers for the NVMe from the manufacturer's website, download the drivers in a folder, add it to the Windows bootable USB pen drive and get windows installed:
 

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You need Intel IRST (Intel Rapid Storage Technology) drivers.
 

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The problem is that Windows-based apps can't work with Linux drive formats. I would use, and have used, the free GPARTED [GNU Partition Editor] LiveCD created from the downloaded .iso file then boot to it to delete any non-Windows partitions or all partitions on the drive then boot the Windows installing media. Linux LiveDVDs also have GPARTED included but the installed version may not but can get it. Booted to the LiveDVD can allow using USB Image Writer to create a 4GB or larger USB Thumb drive [using the Linux .iso file for the source] which is bootable. The reason for using bootable media/OS is the installed OS can't be running, won't kill itself.
 

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The problem is that Windows-based apps can't work with Linux drive formats. I would use, and have used, the free GPARTED [GNU Partition Editor] LiveCD created from the downloaded .iso file then boot to it to delete any non-Windows partitions or all partitions on the drive then boot the Windows installing media. Linux LiveDVDs also have GPARTED included but the installed version may not but can get it. Booted to the LiveDVD can allow using USB Image Writer to create a 4GB or larger USB Thumb drive [using the Linux .iso file for the source] which is bootable. The reason for using bootable media/OS is the installed OS can't be running, won't kill itself.
Respectfully, that is not the problem. The drive will still show up on the list of drives screen, even if it has Linux partitions on it.

The drivers required are one of the two .zip files here:

More than likely non-VMD, unless VMD option is turned on in the BIOS options.
 

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Sorry its a HP Laptop 17 - by 4xxx
4J8C8UA#ABA
SN# 5CG21295PH

included the SN cause that is what the HP site asks for. Not seeing the drivers when I go under my product on the HP site.
 
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Thank you for all the replies. I have been working on College homework. I'll dive into these fixes tomorrow and see if any work.

Did find a fix on the HP site...
haven't tried any fixes yet.
 
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The problem is that Windows-based apps can't work with Linux drive formats. I would use, and have used, the free GPARTED [GNU Partition Editor] LiveCD created from the downloaded .iso file then boot to it to delete any non-Windows partitions or all partitions on the drive then boot the Windows installing media. Linux LiveDVDs also have GPARTED included but the installed version may not but can get it. Booted to the LiveDVD can allow using USB Image Writer to create a 4GB or larger USB Thumb drive [using the Linux .iso file for the source] which is bootable. The reason for using bootable media/OS is the installed OS can't be running, won't kill itself.
Not the cause of the problem. Windows installation looks for the hardware, not the format. Windows installation is fast falling behind all the required drivers (their generic drivers no longer work with newer technology) so it falls upon the user(s) to add the (newer) drivers to the installation boot drive. Easily navigatable to that drivers folders when prompted during installation.

(And because this is now becoming more and more common, and users are starting to realise the 'tricks" I suspect MS is not in any hurry to remedy the situation .... Memo from MS : suck it up, get used to it)
 

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Sorry its a HP Laptop 17 - by 4xxx
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SN# 5CG21295PH

included the SN cause that is what the HP site asks for. Not seeing the drivers when I go under my product on the HP site.
It is there in the drivers list on HP website. Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver under Driver-Chipset. For some reason it seems like you don't believe me when I post that is the driver you need and provided the link to it.
 

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Inputting Win 11 22h2 it only shows this:

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Input Windows 11 instead click submit and it then shows the drivers. Weird.

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