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Windows 7: Windows 7 Clean Installation from USB 3.0 fails

13 Sep 2012   #1

Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Windows 7 Clean Installation from USB 3.0 fails

Hi folks,

Got Windows 7 Clean Installation over the computer's USB 3.0 port done without too many problems but with some hassle anyhow.

For the clean installation I followed the procedure of GreGrocker Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and put the whole installation onto a 4GB USB Flash Drive.

From the computer's USB 2.0 ports there was no problem whatsoever and Windows 7 got installed very quickly.

However, over the computer's USB 3.0 port things weren't easy. I finally got it done by uploading the proper USB 3.0 Root Hub and Controller drivers *.ini and *.sys files.

Strangely enough, at first everything went well over the USB3 port and the WinPE environment with its RAM drive (X:\) got deployed correctly. The only sensible explanation for that is that the computer's BIOS used the appropriate and build-in USB3 driver to do that part of the job.

However, once the the installer (located in the X: drive) was about to install Window 7 on the system HDD, it asked me for a CD/DVD driver. I loaded the appropriate USB3 drivers at that stage and the installation process continued over the USB3 port.

I had a closer look in the RAM drive (X:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\), and indeed, there are no USB3 drivers present anywere in that folder, only USB2 drivers where in there, named: usb.inf_amd64... and usbpor.inf_amd64...

So I was wondering, as USB3.0 is so common and the future standard, why aren't there any USB3 drivers in that folder present?
Is there any possibility that the creators of the Windows 7 Clean Installation files (Digital River, or My Digital Live) could put USB3 drivers in the Win7CI package?


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13 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Best to use a USB2 port for install since few USB3 drivers are in the Windows 7 w/ SP1 installer until SP2 is released. If Updates doesn't provide it then import the driver from the PC model's Support Downloads webpage.

Thanks for reminding me this needs to be added to the Clean Reinstall tutorial.
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