XPS 9560 - Any luck getting Win7 on this thing?

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  1. cyon02

    cyon02 Newbie

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    custom90gt Notebook Virtuoso

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    I mean none of those are the fault of MS. Windows 7 was released July 22, 2009 (long before NVMe or USB3). Welcome to the world of installing an out of date OS (good OS, but out of date).
     
  3. dg1261

    dg1261 Notebook Geek

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    I know the feeling. I've tried Win10 and have vowed it will never be my OS.

    I have no experience with the XPS 9560 so can't be specific, but I have successfully installed Win7 on a Kaby Lake Latitude E5470 a few months ago. I'll share my notes, in case they help you at all. The process involves patching your Win7 install media with USB3 and M.2 drivers.

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    E5470 Installation Notes

    Optional: Before nuking Win10, install "dell-usb-recovery-tool_wjfv2_win_2.0.2.0_a00.exe" to download Win10 OS Recovery image from support.dell.com. That way, you'll be able to reinstall Win10 if Win7 doesn't work for some reason.

    To install Win7 on E5470 with M.2 SATA SSD, first use Intel's USB3Creator to patch both USB3 drivers and IRST/NVMe drivers into the DVD or USB boot media. Trying to "browse" to drivers during installation never seems to work; the install media sees the drivers but can't install them, so embed them in the boot media instead.

    Drivers to patch include:
    USB3 drivers
    M.2 drivers

    Intel's USB3Creator is designed for inserting Intel USB3 drivers into USB boot media for installing Windows 7.

    Download USB3Creator from https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25476/NUCs-Windows-7-USB-3-0-Creator-Utility . Note there are two versions, depending on the host system on which you're doing the patching of your Win7 install media.

    For M.2 support, download "f6flpy-x64.zip" from https://downloadcenter.intel.com/do...d-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-?product=55005 .

    Copy the f6flpy-x64 drivers into "USB3Creator\USB_Drivers\x64" folder.

    Win7 installation files must be writable, so convert your iso or DVD to USB media and patch the USB stick, or extract DVD contents to a temporary folder for patching and then rebuild iso.

    USB3Creator expects boot.wim and install.wim to be in \sources of root folder, so if extracting contents to a temporary folder use subst command to assign a substitute drive letter to the temporary folder.

    If patching a DVD or iso file, extract the contents of the DVD or iso file into a folder of its own, then use subst command to assign that folder a drive letter, then run USB3Creator and select that drive letter in "USB Drive Path". Click "Create Image".

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    Additional notes:

    You may need to be resourceful in identifying various hardware devices in Device Manager and locating Win7 drivers for them. I found "E5470-W7-driverpack.zip" somewhere on Dell's site, which appears to be an assortment of E5470 drivers for Enterprise installers. It came in handy when resolving an "Unknown device" in DevMgr. I'm not sure if Dell has something like that for the 9560.

    Microsoft's KB2920188 patch is only needed for PTT/BitLocker on x64 version of Win8+. PTT is not supported
    on Win7 nor the x32 install of Win8+, so disable PTT in BIOS to avoid the Unknown device
    "ACPI\MSFT0101" in DevMgr.


    The above are my notes from installing Win7 on a Win10 Kaby Lake E5470. Hopefully, some of that might help you figure out how to do the same on a 9560. Just glancing over it, the method you linked to in post #11 appears to accomplish the same goal (patching the install media), though in a somewhat different manner.
     
  4. The_Dude_Cares

    The_Dude_Cares Newbie

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    I know that I'm new here but maybe this will work:

    https://forum.videohelp.com/threads...SkyLake-KabyLake-CoffeLake-Ryzen-Threadripper

    You can take a vanilla win 7 iso and it inputs into the iso all the drivers that and other things that are necessary to run win 7 on new hardware and have it recognized. IE NVME, USB 3.1, etc

    It takes a while to update the iso so be patient. Mine came out to 5.34gb when completed. Look at the web page to see what it can and can't do. I didn't try it on my system to test, but it's another direction you could try. If it does anything to your machine I am not responsible. As I said, I only used the program and created the iso, I didn't install it.

    If this has been posted already, apologies. I'm new here.
     
  5. Maleko48

    Maleko48 Notebook Evangelist

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    Dell 7577 here with Windows 7 running lovely. You will likely need to hunt down a few drivers manually or be clever and pull them from an older model Dell with a generation older hardware or that offers Win8 support though.

    I use this tool:

    https://forum.videohelp.com/threads...SkyLake-KabyLake-CoffeLake-Ryzen-Threadripper

    and a stock copy of Win7 iso to start with and it will press a fully updated image ready to be copied to a bootable USB drive which you can make with Rufus. The tool takes about ~2 hrs to do everything from start to finish. In Rufus I made my USB boot disk a GPT disk for UEFI booting on my multiboot system. There are a few other tools worth getting prepared beforehand as well just in case you find you need them to recover from a mistake. Things like: BCD Editor, Visual BCD, Dual Boot Repair, and Linux Ubuntu (or just Gparted).
     
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