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Windows 7: Windows 7 UEFI install motherboard ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1

14 Feb 2016   #31
teckneeculler

XPPSP3, Win7Ultimate
 
 

I don't have a RAID issue. Perhaps you're confusing me with Registus.

Anyway, as Registus has probably discovered, requests for help on most forums just seem to get people grumpy, possibly because they don't know the answer either.

Gears grinding? Perhaps you should oil your gearbox.


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14 Feb 2016   #32
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I never said you had a Raid issue, I was talking to you about Asus, if you had a bad experience with them, that`s your problem.

And you`re right, people here don`t have a clue about Raid on an M.2 on a Z170, so he should be contacting Asus.

They are the people that will help him, we are just a humble Windows 7 Forum.
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14 Feb 2016   #33
registus

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

RootBeet
Your posts were not completely helpful, but in generaly helped me to step on the proper way, so thank you for them. I will describe it below.

AddRAM
As I mentioned already in some post before Asus support was useless and did not help me anyway. Generally they are able to solve maybe 90 % issues that can be also done by IT advanced users. For the rest of 10 % maybe they help maybe users have to check forums for help as thousands users are able to see the problem and may have already facing them. So your question is not waiting somewhere in a ticket system waiting for the support person. In my case I received the answer, but was not helpful at all.

teckneeculler
If you want to install UEFI Windows 7 with USB flash drive follow this advice. Maybe not all of them are necessary, but I did not check it with or without them, so I basically describe how was my procedure:

Note: My mobo is Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1, but this may work for other mobos from ASUS as well.
Note: I used USB 2.0 and USB 2.0 port as Sabertooth is familiar with this.

non RAID
1. Set BIOS to defaults, but in CSM settings set all options as UEFI driver first, because default are in Legacy (my case)

Note: Hard drive was not formatted so in case of troubles delete all partitions on your drive and keep it unformatted and unallocated.

2. Download EZ Installer from ASUS support wb page. It is under Drivers \ Utilities
EZ installer allows you to create ISO file from DVD or "burn" it to USB flash drive

3. Insert Windows 7 DVD (I used original OEM version) and Create ISO file with EZ installer

4. Download Rufus https://rufus.akeo.ie/ and run it (no need to install). Choose the iso file you created with EZ installer

5. Choose the method of creating USB - ISO Image and click the icon to the right and choose your ISO file

Set partition scheme and target system type to:
GPT partition scheme for UEFI
File system to:
FAT32 (Default)

Other settings keep default no need to change them. Cluster size in my case was by default 8192 bytes.

Don't forget to backup your USB files.

Click on Start

Note: If you want to copy some files to your Bootable USB you can do it now.

6. Restart the computer and keep pressing F8 to show up Boot menu. You will have there 2 options for your USB Flash Drive, e.g.
1. UEFI: ABC Flash Drive
2. ABC Flash Drive

Choose UEFI

Let the installation process begin .


For those who want to use Raid

Follow steps 1-5.

7. In BIOS go to Advanced and choose PCH Storage Configuration. Set SATA Mode Selection to RAID instead of AHCI, or turn the Intel Rapid Storage Technology On in the EZ mode (first you enter to BIOS)
8. In Advanced mode go to Advanced and you will see Intel Rapid Storage Technology on the bottom. Go there and set up RAID to your own. If you don't see it save the settings, restart and go back to BIOS. You will see it.

Note: You can also follow the instructions in video posted by RootBeet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMFE6mF4NgA

9. Since the RAID is set up you still have to download RAID drivers and copy it to your USB drive created in steps 1-5. Download it from ASUS Support Driver web page. They are under SATA and its name is for example: Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology Driver Software V14.5.0.1081 for Windows 7 32bit & 64bit / 8.1 64bit / 10 64bit.

10. Create a directory on your USB drive. Unpack the drivers downloaded from Asus and copy the directory to the new one on USB drive.

11. Restart the computer and keep pressing F8 to show up Boot menu. You will have there 2 options for your USB Flash Drive, e.g.
1. UEFI: ABC Flash Drive
2. ABC Flash Drive

12. Your install will stop at the moment the installation process will not see any drives where to install the OS. Now choose Load Driver - Find your directory with drivers, my way was IRST_Win7-81-10_V14501081\Driver\Disk\64bit . You will get one listed (iaStorAC.inf). Click Next and your hard drive will be shown. Now continue on your own .


I also did all these steps before, but probably did something wrong (the results were in some posts before). I Probably used wrong partition settings in Rufus. RootBeet posts and links motivated me to try it again, so thanks for posting them. Now I have no doubts about UEFI, as UEFI is everywhere exactly same as by installing W8 or W10.


There is also one issue. What to do if you have only USB 3 ports. You have to download USB 3 drivers the same way like I described RAID (and load them at the same moment). If this will not help you, try this How to Install Windows 7 with only USB 3.0 Ports

I did that as well even if it was not necessary to me (I used USB 2.0 flash drive and USB 2.0 port)

Hopefully this can help some users and spent time was worth it. Also thanks to all comments that tried to show the proper way .

So the result is that you are able to install Windows 7 UEFI from USB on your Sabertooth (and probably other ASUS mobos). If you use DVD only you can install it with Legacy settings in Bios (but you can do UEFI boot and it creates EFI partition to Boot) or create customized DVD with RAID drivers.
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14 Feb 2016   #34
RootBeet

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by registus View Post
There is also one issue. What to do if you have only USB 3 ports. You have to download USB 3 drivers the same way like I described RAID (and load them at the same moment). If this will not help you, try this How to Install Windows 7 with only USB 3.0 Ports
You can use a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port, because the ASUS EZ Installer automatically copies USB 3.0 drivers to ISO file.

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14 Feb 2016   #35
registus

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Yes you are right. That is the purpose of EZ installer. I just wanted to mention that I used USB 2 and some user experiences are that it did not work for them so there is also another way to solve it.
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29 May 2016   #36
Rusty867

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

OMG Registus. You are a saint and a scholar my friend.

I've been trolling through boards, reformatting drives, and toggling bios settings for three days straight this Memorial Day weekend and now at 2am I finally found this thread.

I know it took you a couple of weeks to solve, and this thread is now stale, but please know one guy out there is extremely thankful for this post. Thank you for your work, and if you're ever in Ohio I'll buy you a beer.
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02 Jul 2016   #37
registus

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I'm happy it helped you Rusty and hopefully some other people, too ;-). It's quite far from Slovakia to Ohio yet ;-), but I've been nearby couple years ago, so who knows
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