Windows 7 installation help for Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake laptops

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  1. dataworx

    dataworx Newbie

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    Still battling to create the USB tool. The Win 7 USB download tool doesn't work -at the end of the process I get the "Unable to run Bootsect" message. I've tried it a few times now, using Diskpart to [prep the USB (16GB), but I get the same result. Maybe the copy of the Wi 7 USB tool I found is dodgy.

    So I gave up with this tool and used Rufus - the ISO installs to USB (I selected GPT partition scheme for UEFI), but when I try to slipstream the Intel USB utility it hangs at "Cleaning up mount directory" - I left it alone for 45 minutes to see if it would complete, but no luck. This is the log:

    Beginning patch process...
    Accessing ./sources folder for install.wim & boot.wim
    Detecting if 64-bit or 32-bit...
    Windows image is 64 bit
    Detecting windows image edition...
    Edition is Windows Professional
    Creating mount directory
    Determining number of images
    Number of images detected: 3
    Mounting install.wim image:1
    Adding USB 3.0 Drivers to install.wim image: 1
    Unmounting and committing install.wim image: 1
    Mounting install.wim image:2
    Adding USB 3.0 Drivers to install.wim image: 2
    Unmounting and committing install.wim image: 2
    Mounting install.wim image:3
    Adding USB 3.0 Drivers to install.wim image: 3
    Unmounting and committing install.wim image: 3
    Mounting boot.wim image:1 WinPe
    Unmounting and committing boot.wim image:1 WinPe
    Mounting boot.wim image:2 Windows Startup
    Adding USB 3.0 Drivers to boot.wim image:2 Windows Startup
    Unnmounting and committing boot.wim image:2 Windows Startup
    Cleaning up mount directory

    Can you suggest what I can try next?
     
  2. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Hello, here I go again

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    Unsure what is going on by you, maybe try a different clean Windows 7 ISO from a different source. Is your pendrive in ntfs file system? Also try NTLite, it is very professional. The free version is enough and gives also the opportunity to slipstream the necessary drivers. At the end it will create an ISO and you can burn that to the pendrive.
     
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  3. dataworx

    dataworx Newbie

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    So I finally got Win 7 Pro installed, dual booting with Win 10.

    Found some very useful drivers on the MSI site, and then bunch of other drivers from Intel directly and from Softpedia. Anybody need links, just give a shout.

    Everything on the system is now working, I'm just trying to get the Synaptics touch pad drivers but the only exe I could find is packaged by Dell, I installed it and it does nothing. I also got a cab file that I've tried to work with and install but I think that's too much for my brain, so I'd appreciate some help with that.

    EDIT: Installed older Synaptics drivers that work, so all good now...
     
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  4. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Hello, here I go again

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    Glad to know you have worked out. Soon you will see Windows 10 not even needed, 7 does everything better ;)
     
  5. dataworx

    dataworx Newbie

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    Thanks for the assistance Atom Ant. All I need to do now is apply updates at some point, so I'll probably investigate the Simplix pack, unless you have a better suggestion.
     
  6. JKnows

    JKnows Notebook Consultant

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    And here comes my dell inspiron 5577 with Windows 7 installed:
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    Everything perfect, no issues like others with Windows 10. Like chrome browswer stuttering with hardwer accelaration for them
     
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  8. LaptopNut

    LaptopNut Notebook Virtuoso

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    It's really nice to see this guide. I recently purchased a new mid range laptop from Pcspecialist and it only came with Windows 10. I didn't buy Windows 10 and decided I would install Windows 7. Their tech support told me it wouldn't work, or would fail because it wasn't supported. Their comments were vague and I didn't believe a word of them. I asked them for advice and they refused saying it wasn't supported (fair enough). But they said the install froze on ''Starting Windows (7)) because Windows 7 was not supported. They were really trying to discourage me from Windows 7.

    However, I discovered that it only failed because the installation environment of Windows 7 had no USB 3 support. This is why if you have a USB 2.0 port, you can switch the installer DVD to use that and it might work.

    I figured out everything that was mentioned in this guide and was going to write up my own one, but I knew someone else here would have figured all of that out and done one already, then I found this guide after a search. I knew it!

    I used 99% of the same tools and created a Windows 7 Boot 4GB Usb Pendrive. Then I installed SP1, a few hotfixes, and then the Convenience Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 which some say is more like an SP2. It would be easier to just Slipstream everything into one DVD but I couldn't be bothered.

    When it came to the Drivers CD that came with my laptop, they enjoyed making the Autorun say ''Not supported''. Sure this may have been done for safety reasons, but it seemed they were really trying to make me believe that the drivers could not work with Windows 7. I just browsed the CD and installed directly, then there was no ''this Operating system is not supported''. Those messages were built into the GUI of the driver install software. Some of the drivers did not install because of dependencies like Net etc. This is why installing SP1 and the Rollup are useful.

    All in all being told that Windows 7 cannot run on my new Laptop was nonsense, and I knew it. Now my laptop is running Windows 7 SP1 on the SSD, it's lightening fast, and has none of the Windows 10 Bloat.

    I did notice the thread here about a modified Windows 10 install where someone had removed all of the bloat from the Iso though.

    Edit:

    I had trouble getting my Intel HD620 working. The Drivers would not install, even the ones that intel released to support Windows 7. I was about to edit the inf when I came across this video. After I followed those simple instructions, my HD 620 installed perfectly.

     
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  9. pantau000

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    Hi everybody, thanks for this valuable info.

    I managed to install W7 on my new X1 Carbon 5G. The only driver missing seems to be the Intel Chipset. In the device manager, it shows up as (translated) "PCI Communication Controller", Hardware ID 9D3A.

    Any ideas why the Intel driver is not working in my case?

    Thanks!
     
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