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Windows 7 on New Motherboards

weoiwe Aug 29th, 2016 (edited) 10,608 Never
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  1.     Windows 7 on Intel
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  3. Anyone with a modern Intel based PC (anything since the 2015/Skylake/6000 series) will probably need to do an extra step before they can install Windows 7, because the OS was made before the modern XHCI controller came out, and has no drivers for it.  This may keep USB devices from working (flashdrives, keyboards, etc), but more often it interrupts the Windows installation with errors, such as  "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing." The most reliable way to solve this is to patch your Windows 7 flashdrive with USB 3 drivers before you begin (if in doubt, do the patch).  There are several free tools from different motherboard manufactures. You may have a better chance of success with the tool provided by your own manufacturer/model, but most tools work for most Intel PCs. After adding the patch you can run the Windows installation as usual.
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  5. ---It does not matter if your system also has USB 2.0 ports on it, they will not work either. On some older motherboards that mixed types you used to be able to sidestep the problem by plugging the flashdrive into a different port, but this does not apply to the Skylake+ boards.  The controller itself needs the patch now, and neither kind of port will work without it.---
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  9. Some tools include:
  10. MSI
  11. Win7 Smart Tool
  12. https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/support/Z170-A-PRO.html#down-utility&Win7%2064
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  14. ASRock
  15. Win 7 USB Patcher
  16. http://www.asrock.com/microsite/win7install/
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  19. Gigabyte
  20. Windows USB Installation Tool
  21. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5589#utility
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  25. Links:
  26. http://wccftech.com/intel-skylake-remove-support-usb-based-windows-7-installation-platform-specs/
  27. https://www.logicsupply.com/explore/io-hub/installing-windows-7-on-a-skylake-pc/
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  33.     Windows 7 on Ryzen
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  35. Ryzen Processors have a similar but different problem:
  36. https://www.anandtech.com/show/11182/how-to-get-ryzen-working-on-windows-7-x64
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  38. You may be able to bypass some or all of those steps by patching your Windows 7 installer with this:
  39. http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Utility/mb_utility_windowsimagetool_am4.zip
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  46.     Windows works (but Internet & USB don't)
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  48. If you’ve gotten Windows 7 installed and running, but you can’t get it to connect to internet or USB, you may need to download internet/USB drivers from your motherboard's website and copy them over outside of Windows. An easy way to do this is by starting up a portable copy of Windows or Linux from a flashdrive, and using it to download and save the drivers directly onto the drive where Windows is installed.
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  51. Portable Windows with apps:
  52. https://gbatemp.net/threads/medicat-dvd-a-multiboot-linux-dvd.361577/
  53. -Most familiar if you’re used to Windows. Use "mini.windows.10.NAKED.iso"
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  56. Ubuntu:
  57. http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
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  60. You can load either of the above onto a flashdrive using Rufus-  https://rufus.akeo.ie/  and use them to download drivers directly from the internet (or copy over ones you've already downloaded from a flashdrive) onto your Windows hard drive/SSD, so you will be able to install them after starting Windows back up.
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  71. Note: Any clean install of Windows 7 will need help getting updates started:   http://pastebin.com/quC0gz4j
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