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

05 Feb 2016   #11

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Well that shot of Disk Management shows you how it`s installed, you see it says EFI.

What the difference is, who knows, I see no difference installing windows either way.

As far as changes in the bios, I didn`t make any. I just think that when you bring up the boot menu manually, it gives you the option to choose a normal install or a EFI install.

Testing now.

Yep, I just see 2 choices normal and UEFI, but both choices are still my single dvd drive.

When I free up my Samsung Evo I`ll do some more experiments.

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05 Feb 2016   #12

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

It's a waste of 2 partitions
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05 Feb 2016   #13

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I was thinking/hoping you could establish Raid after windows is installed, but if you went into the bios and changed from AHCI to Raid, then windows wouldn`t boot.

Everyone here has said that Windows 7 doesn`t like Raid, or something to that affect.
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05 Feb 2016   #14

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
It's a waste of 2 partitions
I think it`s a waste of another drive, when you could be storing data and images on it instead.

But Raid does have it`s purpose in this case.
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05 Feb 2016   #15

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yea Intel rapid storage
I don't need it the more drives connected is more drives infected
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05 Feb 2016   #16

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Feeling a little Paranoid ?

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05 Feb 2016   #17

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Nope just don't need a lot of other drives
I have a 500gb ssd with a lot of room left
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08 Feb 2016   #18


Registus, this won't help, but you have my heartfelt sympathy. I spent weeks trying to find out how to do a USB install onto a new Asus Z170-M Plus, and never did get it to work.

I finally gave up and used DVD.

Incidentally, this worked fine through several test installs, but I've now run into another problem - a newly created integrated ISO that's 4.9Gb. As I type, Windows Disc Burner has just finished burning the ISO to a DVD+R Dual Layer disc, but I have no idea if the new PC's DVD drive will accept an installation from a DL disc.

Registus, by all means PM me if you want to compare motherboard settings. Just be aware you're not just crying alone in the wilderness :-)
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08 Feb 2016   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

(click here if you have a GIGABYTE motherboard)

Intel Skylake Removes Support for USB based Windows 7 Installation - Major Platform Specs Confirmed

How to install Windows 7 64-bit in UEFI mode from USB flash drive if you have an ASUS motherboard.

First of all, you need to have a Windows 7 64-bit USB flash drive that is compatible with UEFI mode. As long as it is FAT32 formatted and has \efi\boot\bootx64.efi file, it should be UEFI bootable.

The easiest method to do this, would be to use Rufus:

Rufus automatically creates the boot folder in the efi folder and puts the bootx64.efi in the folder.

In Rufus do this (select the Windows 7 64-bit ISO image by clicking the CD drive icon):

Windows 7 UEFI install motherboard ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1-ndh8y7h.png

For example, ASUS Z170M-PLUS - Driver & Tools

> "Windows 7 64-bit" > "Utilities"

Download the "EZ Installer" (Windows® 7 and USB 3.0 driver installation for 100 Series and Braswell platform).

Then copy (from the OS folder) the AutoUnattend folder and AutoUnattend.xml file to the root of the USB flash drive:

Windows 7 UEFI install motherboard ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1-y1r1zye.png

Check the following options in the ASUS motherboard's UEFI BIOS settings before you install Windows 7.

Boot > CSM (Compatibility Support Module) > Launch CSM > Enabled (Default)
Boot > Secure Boot > OS Type > Windows UEFI mode (Default)

You must boot the installation media as a UEFI device.
- Reboot PC and enter the Boot Menu by pressing F8.
- Select the name of your USB flash drive. If you have CSM enabled in UEFI BIOS you will see it twice, but one will have a UEFI: prefix, select that.

Windows 7 64-bit USB flash drive should now boot fine in UEFI mode. The USB 3.0 driver will be loaded automatically during installation startup.


Windows 7 can normally be booted with the ASUS motherboard's Secure Boot feature enabled as well, but without actually using it.

But if you are dual booting Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8/10 64-bit, then you must select the following option.

Boot > Secure Boot > OS Type > Other OS (default: Windows UEFI mode)

Or you get the following error message when you start Windows 7.

File: \Windows\system32\winload.efi
Status: 0xc0000428
Info: The digital signature for this file couldn't be verified.


If you have a Samsung M.2 SSD (for example, Samsung 950 PRO) then you will also need to download the Samsung NVMe drivers. You can download drivers from the link below.

Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers

"Samsung NVMe Drivers"
- Note: Get the pure driver files, not the installer set.
- Open your Windows 7 USB drive and create a folder named “nvme” in the root of the drive.
- Copy all of the NVME driver files you just downloaded to this folder.

Boot from the USB and “F6” the NVME drivers.
1. Click through the initial windows setup pages, selecting your language and then press “Install Now”.
2. After accepting the License Terms, under “What type of installation do you want”, select ‘Custom (advanced)’.
3. You’ll now see a list of drives and partitions on your computer. If you have a non-NVME secondary drive, it will be listed here – but since Windows 7 does not yet have drivers installed for NVME, it won’t recognize any NVME SSDs. Let’s fix that.
4. Click: ‘Load Driver’ below the list of drives.
5. Select Browse, and then expand the thumb drive (Likely labeled ‘Removable Disk’).
6. Select the ‘nvme’ folder, and press OK.
7. You should now see a Samsung NVME Controller. Select this driver and press ‘Next’. The driver will be installed.
8. Once complete, and you’ll return to the disk selection screen and should see the NVME SSD (you may have to click refresh).

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08 Feb 2016   #20


The 'EZ Installer' you're quoting is intended for the Braswell platform, not Skylake-S, which is what I believe my Skylake Core i5 6500 to be. Please tell me if I'm wrong.
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