Windows 7 installation help for Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake laptops

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  1. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Hello, here I go again

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    This guide is for those who doesn't like their new laptop with Windows 10 shipped and would rather use the good old Windows 7. There are many reasons to not like Windows 10, for me mostly the ugly appearance! In my opinion the 24 years old Windows 95 has better look, while Windows 7 shines 100 times more, giving more premium feeling for the laptop.

    The 24 years old Windows 95,
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    A quick look of Windows 95, running by a Pentium Pro machine...

    Now look the Windows 10 in a fancy modern expensive laptop,
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    In 1995 as a little kid for Windows 2020 I imagined a visually very fancy, shiny, moving, interactive interface. Instead we've got this garbage.
    Damn… shocking, or? The old-world Windows looks so much better than the new candy crush operating system! Windows 10 basically already ruins our laptops by it's appearance.

    And here is how Windows 7 going to look like,
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    Windows 7 the most succesfull Operating System ever running in a recent hardware

    So, do you get the difference? Furthermore, others are concerned about privacy, telemetry, adware, forced updates, windows store, the must use of apps, lack of usable start menu and more. Unfortunately, these are quite real problems, which makes many of us frustrated! So either you tweak your 10 to make it more like 7 or install Windows 7. I say doesn't matter how many tweaks you do for 10, it won't be like Windows 7. Not mention when you do all those tweaks carefully for your Windows 10, the major half year updates will nullify your work! So I simply not mess with 10, instead I take SSD out, another SSD in and I start installing Windows 7.

    Windows 7's maximum hardware support:

    Basically all laptops with;
    -Intel 6th Generation (Sky Lake) processors are compatible.
    Laptops with
    -Intel 7th Generation (Kaby Lake) processors are working with modded IGP driver, but Asus and some special brands might have missing touchpad driver.
    Laptops with
    -Intel 8th Generation (Kaby Lake Refresh) processors tends to be compatible with modded IGP driver, but some model can have touchpad driver issue.
    Laptops with
    -Intel 8th Generation (Coffe Lake) processors, currently uncompatible because lack of IGP and motherboard drivers. Once someone mods the needed drivers, Windows 7 will work!

    Installing Windows 7:
    Unfortunately, if you try to install Windows 7 for a recent laptop, you probably facing problem with “Load Driver & Missing CD/DVD drive device driver” right after the start;

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    It is actually an USB 3.0 driver issue
    This error will prevent to install Windows 7. I’ll explain how easy is to overcome of this unwelcome problem. Tested with,
    -Dell Inspiron 7559 (6th Gen. Intel Skylake I7-6700HQ),
    -Dell Inspiron 5577 (7th Gen. Intel Kaby Lake I5-7300HQ),
    -Lenovo Ideapad 310 (7th Gen. Intel Kaby Lake I3-7100U),
    -Many similar laptops by other users.

    Solution:
    Actually there are many ways to solve this problem, but the easiest is to use the ASUS EZ Installer tool and it automatically adds USB 3, USB 3.1 and NVMe drivers. It can create a USB installer from DVD, ISO, or update an existing USB installer with support for modern tech. It is very easy to follow this little program, just a few clicks and your Windows 7 installation media pendrive is done. It is not specific to ASUS and adds no ASUS branding. If for some reason you would fail to make your install pendrive, follow my older guide;
    Optional step;
    Before we start fixing that error, i would recommend to search and find Windows 7 drivers for your hardware. Most importantly the WIFI driver will be needed, because without you will not be able to connect to the internet in your freshly installed Windows 7. Additionally i used to pre-download also the Chipset, the IGP, GPU drivers. For example at Intel.com, AMD.com, Nvidia.com or at your laptop’s manufacturer website.

    Most commonly you will need the following Windows 7 drivers;

    - Intel Chipset driver from Intel’s website,

    - Intel HD Graphics (Skylake) from Intel’s website,

    - Intel HD Graphics (Kaby Lake) from here (this is the latest 21.20.16.4821 modded by me) or alternatively mod your own driver,

    - Nvidia Geforce driver from Nvidia’s website,

    - Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and Drivers for Windows 7 from Intel’s website,

    - Intel® Wireless Bluetooth® for Windows 7 from Intel’s website.

    Fixing the issue by integrating the USB 3.0 driver into the Windows 7 installation media:
    - Create your Windows 7 installation media with Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool. Follow this little program it will manage your Windows 7 disc or .iso file onto a Pendrive.

    Optional steps:
    1. Download the latest Simplix Pack
    2. Integrate Simplix Pack into install.wim with the following command:
    UpdatePack7R2.exe /ie11 /WimFile=C:\install.wim /Index=4
    (or Index 1,2,3,4.. For example Ultimate is Index 4) (Correct also the location of your install.wim)
    To check Index numbers exactly, use this command:
    Dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:MEDIADRIVELETTER:\sources\install.wim

    This way you will not need to install any Windows updates!
    Like if you have a Samsung 960 Evo PCIe/NVMe SSD, you will also need to integrate NVMe drivers into your installation media..
    1. Download the necessary NVMe Driver,
    2. Integrate with Embedded Utility Windows Image Tool or if that cannot complete the job use NTLite. (Note with these tools you can also integrate the necessary USB 3.0 drivers and skip the next step).

    - Than download Windows 7* USB 3.0 Creator Utility. Unzip all to a location, then run “Installer_Creator.exe”and give the location of your Windows 7 pendrive.
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    After more minutes of work, it will say “update finished”! It means you done this simply process right and you are almost good to go to Install Windows 7!
    If for some reason you would fail above to integrate the necessary drivers or you just looking for an alternative way to do, you can also use the Windows 7 image updater or the Embedded Utility Windows Image Tool.

    Lastly disable Secure boot and enable Legacy instead of UEFI in your laptop's bios. If you are having trouble to enter the bios google how to do on your laptop. Like in my Dell i had to press F12 after power-up, on my Lenovo I had press a little button on the left side near the USB connector.
    After these two correct bios settings, boot from your Pendrive and you will be pleased to see you are able to install Windows 7!

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    Earlier you could not reach this screen​
    Final part:
    When you have the running Windows 7 on your laptop, I recommend install Simplix Pack so you will not need struggle with Windows updates. Than install drivers in the following order; Intel Chipset --> Intel IGP --> 2nd GPU if you have --> WIFI adapter -->Bluetooth --> Other drivers.

    Good working Windows 7 on my laptops:

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    Windows 7 and Skylake

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    Windows 7 and Kaby Lake​

    Enjoy!

    Oh and youtube copy guys do not forget to reference for my guide and ask my permission!

     
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  2. steberg

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    Atom Ant Hello, here I go again

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    Awesome! I would love to get your recently modded driver. Or if you could share how to do it? It will be even more needed for next generations Intel CPUs...
     
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    Sure, working nightshift, but tomorrow I'll send the .inf file. I have written comments inside the file what I change so I can remeber till next time. But so far I modded 2 version of HD drivers and they work fine. Hope Intel doesn't find out, or they may stop it...
     
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    JKnows Notebook Consultant

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    The much anticipated guide. Thanks you made it! I remember it was problem to me as well how to install 7. it is still the best Windows yet!
     
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    steberg Notebook Evangelist

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    PM sent, just copy the file over the old .inf file. This is for DriverVer=03/09/2017,21.20.16.4627
     
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    Papusan JOKEBOOK's Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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    Just installed the latest simplix update pack 17.4.15 and it works fine, no nag about unsupported processor. I think it installed 7 security updates, so it seems we can still use windows 7 security updates on our Kaby Lake's even after micro$oft decision to end support for Kaby and Ryzen last month.
     
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    Unfortunate people believes they've to use their new hardware with that crapware virus. Fortunately Windows 7 still working, everything more pleasant immediately as installed.
     
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    Just ordered my new Dell Inspiron 15 5577 gaming laptop, so excited how Windows 7 will handle it :D.
     
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