When Windows Setup Cannot Run on Your Computer’s Hardware

I reformatted a netbook and it ran the setup fine. Until the step where it makes you set up username, password, etc.

Windows popped up a “Windows setup could not configure Windows to run on this computer’s hardware.” error.

It’s not yet the end of the world. There’s a solution!

Hit Shift+F10 on your keyboard and it will bring up the command prompt.
Type cd.. twice and it will bring you to the root directory.
Type Cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
Then type Msoobe

This will force windows to the OOBE (Out-of-the-box experience) setup.

I hope this helps!


I don’t have that much space on my HDD to install linux so I had to find an alternative. (My Linux disk failed so ggwpripseagateyousuck)

One problem of windows users is “alt+tabbing” throughout a multitude of opened windows. When everything is clumped up into one big “alt+tab” list, it starts to get cluttered.

For someone being a developer, this really gets into my nerves and productivity gets reduced especially when you are doing a project. My capstone project was a web-based system. One of which I do is test it on different browsers to test compatibility. Switching between these browsers through alt+tab is quite time consuming.

That is when I switched to linux. In addition to our project being run on linux, I switched OS because of the workspace. If you might say, it’s like having different desktops on one machine. There would be less clutter and switching between workspaces is much faster.

I don’t really know why Windows has not incorporated this in their OS much like linux did with its multitude of distros.

As an alternative, I would suggest VirtuaWin.

VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system (Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista/Win7). A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops (also called ‘workspaces’). Virtual desktops are very common in Unix/Linux, and once you get accustomed to using them, they become an essential part of a productive workflow.