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Windows 7: How to install Windows 7 on Skylake Dell XPS 8910

22 Oct 2016   #71
SIW2

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Thanks for helping with the install to the HDD. Following these steps using your files I can confirm successful installation and activation of Windows 7 ultimate 64 on Skylake on the HDD
Great.

Did you include the updates I posted, or just the drivers?

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Using Dell OEM Windows 7 Ultimate on USB
What is the exact name of the Dell Ultimate iso you used?


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22 Oct 2016   #72
tigpoppa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For the HDD install added the 3 zip files of drivers from this post: How to install Windows 7 on Skylake Dell XPS 8910

Tonight hoping or tomorrow can begin installing it to the Hynix SK 2 NVME which looks like a stick that attaches to the motherboard, is that called an SSD? The ISO was win7 Ultimate SP1 was unsure if SP1 was needed but it seemed every youtube video could find showed people installing the OS all used some form of win 7 with SP1, not sure if that is needed though or just coincidence.
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22 Oct 2016   #73
SIW2

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Trying to find out if the iso you used was already Dell version. If it was, it may already have MS nvme updates included.

You could PM me the exact filename of the iso ( and the SHA1 if you know how to do that ).

You can get the SHA1 hash with this:
GoHash-X86-X64.zip


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22 Oct 2016   #74
tigpoppa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Cant confirm if it works on the Hynix yet, right now working on deleting the windows 7 partitions just need to figure out which they are to backup the windows 10 installation if possible.

The ISO used is an official Dell OEM windows 7 Ultimate 64 ISO copied from a disc to USB using PowerISO. It doesnt seem to have the NVMe updates Im not sure if it even existed when the disc was made

Ran a test to install Win7 to the Hynix NVME. Good news is the cursor works when going through install, bad news is there is no drive listed and no partitions. There are no listings to install the OS. Do you have a driver for this possibly to try adding to the ISO like before via DISM?

HWINFO for missing drive:
PC300 NVMe SK Hynix drive 512gb
Drive Firmware 20003A00
NVMe version: v1.2
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22 Oct 2016   #75
SIW2

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22 Oct 2016   #76
tigpoppa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Are the updates installed the same as the drivers so put them all in one folder, then using DISM use the Add Driver Folder button?

Been using a 16gb USB for install because the ISO with the files copied from a USB3.0 ISO and the added drivers is 7.2gb. The drive is NTFS but read in a diff thread it should be Fat32 but that doesnt work on this size drive it said in Rufus.
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22 Oct 2016   #77
SIW2

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Use the add package folder (ADD PKG FOL) for updates. ( .msu or .cab files)

7.2 gb? Have you got a load of languages in there?
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23 Oct 2016   #78
tigpoppa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Use the add package folder (ADD PKG FOL) for updates. ( .msu or .cab files)

7.2 gb? Have you got a load of languages in there?
Added, packages. Yes there are alot of languages in there from what I can tell that seem to make it very large is that an issue?

After adding packages when clicking install now it now skips the i accept part and goes right to a window that says select the driver to be installed. Before it went to the i accept then the HDD screen, should I revert to prior to installing the packages? Does the drive have to be fat32? Not sure if that matters going to test this wipe the drive and put the official dell win7pro iso on with the drivers and see what happens.
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23 Oct 2016   #79
tigpoppa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Dell Win7pro ISO = Success seeing NVMe SSD.
Just tested using an official Dell windows 7 pro ISO with NVME drivers and it can see the SK Hynix NVMe drive in the 8910 and all 5 partitions.
Windows 7 recovery image download available with USB 3.1 and NVMe driver support | Dell US

Think this is the problem but not 100%. Last time the error occurred after adding packages. So went back through the thread and noticed you mention adding them to winre.wim. Did not do this last time, which image should be mounted with winre.wim? like with boot.wim it was inage 2, and install.wim is image 4.


Things I am confused about:
What is the NVMe SK Hynix SSD called? Is it an SSD? An NVMe?
Checked each of the 5 partitionw and they all said the PRO OS could not be installed there, not sure if deleting them will fix that?
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23 Oct 2016   #80
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

1) It is nvme. If the Dell pro install media works, it may be because it includes the MS nvme updates ( those are the exact updates I posted - the MS nvme driver is part of those).

2)The Dell image includes:

Windows6.1-KB2990941-v3-x64.
Windows6.1-KB3087873-v2-x64.
kb2732500-v2
iaStorAC.inf
iusb3hcs.inf
iusb3hub.inf
iusb3xhc.inf

The nusb drivers are in $winpedriver$ and only loaded if needed. Installing them should do the same job.

The above are in install.wim, boot.wim and winre.wim ( winre.wim only contains 1 image).

It should work with those included.

3) If you are tring to install in Bios mode, you won't be able install to GPT partitioned disk. You would need mbr partitioning style.

If you want to install using EFI, you will need FAT32 filesystem on usb. The 4gb limitation can be worked aorund by splitting the install.wim file.

( There are EFI ntfs drivers around, doubtful if your firmware does that.)
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