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

18 Oct 2016   #11
tigpoppa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Using HWinfo I can see that the SSD attached to the motherboard is a
Drive Model: PC300 NVMe SK hynix 512GB

Does this change anything in drivers needed? Going to make factory recovery media today.


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18 Oct 2016   #12
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Is the PC300 NVMe SK hynix a M.2 or a sata drive?
If it is a M.2 PCIe drive you will need the driver and add it to the Win 7 installation disk.

You can also do a installation to a normal SSD or HDD, find all the needed drivers and then clone to the M.2
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18 Oct 2016   #13
tigpoppa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just placed an order with Amazon to overnight a 16gb USB to make the recovery media including partition.
Will continue this fight after that and make drive so then Im not scared to try this method. Looking forward to this battle against Skylake to eliminate this Win10 OS.... its like battling skynet.
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18 Oct 2016   #14
tigpoppa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Is the PC300 NVMe SK hynix a M.2 or a sata drive?
If it is a M.2 PCIe drive you will need the driver and add it to the Win 7 installation disk.

You can also do a installation to a normal SSD or HDD, find all the needed drivers and then clone to the M.2
Is it a SATA Drive? hmmmmm its some sort of stick that is in the motherboard laying flat. is that sata or M.2, I did install HWinfo but do not know where to look to see that information listed at least I dont see it.
Image of SSD from Page 38 in the service manual https://downloads.dell.com/manuals/a...89&lid=5129275
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18 Oct 2016   #15
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

It is a M.2 PCIe ssd.
I found this drivers for MVme. As it is a M.2 PCIe drive you will need the driver and add it to the Win 7 installation disk or you wont see the drive when installing.


Attached Files
File Type: zip NVMe.zip (55.6 KB, 289 views)
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18 Oct 2016   #16
tigpoppa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Product Support | Dell US

Looking at the drivers list I do not see a specific one listed at all? Would the driver you posted work? I think it should see the drive, when testing the isntallation of win 7 from inside win10 it does see the SSD drive.
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18 Oct 2016   #17
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Of course you can see the M.2 drive when you're under Win 10 as your win10 installation has the MVMe driver.
I don't know if the MVMe driver I attached will work.
Add to the Win 7 Installation disk and you're going to find out.

This is what I would do:
- Add the SATA, USB3 and MVMe drivers to the installation disk using my tutorial.
- Shut down the computer, take out power cord from the PS, take out the M.2 SSD (read the manual) and disconnect the HDD.
- Attach an old SATA HDD and try to install Win 7 with the created media.
- If successful, shut down, take out power cord from the PS, put on the M.2 SSD (read the manual) and boot into Win 7 on the old HDD.
- Open device manager and install all missing drivers, including the M.2 MVMe SSD driver.
- If everything works fine, you can reinstall Win 7 directly on the M.2 SSD or you can clone the installation you just did to the M.2 SSD.
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18 Oct 2016   #18
tigpoppa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That is a real good idea, I been testing and trying to make something work but so far cant get the cursors on the screen.
Is there an easier version of the tutorial to follow or a video? I think if i can just get my win 7 dell OEM images recognized for USB use then Im half way there.
I have 2 Dell OEM discs:
1. Win 7 pro SP1
2. Win Ultimate
3. Alienware Win Ultimate SP1 from my alienware.
*If the pro works can i then just upgrade it to the ultimate?

I feel very scared of that tutorial because there is alot of words which maybe means its real hard to do so im trying to break it up maybe into just getting the cursors to work then worrying about the sata driver? Do you think that would be easier?
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18 Oct 2016   #19
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Witch win 7 dell OEM images you talking about? From the old computer wont work, as they don't have the new drivers.
What win 7 installation disk you have?
On my tutorial I've attached the folders (Drive7.zip) that has all commands on it.
Just place the drivers and Boot.wim and Install.wim on the folders and run the commands.
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18 Oct 2016   #20
tigpoppa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Win 7 discs I have from Dell:
1. Win 7 Ultimate <---would like to use this one if possible?
2. Win Pro SP1
3. Alienware Win 7 ultimate SP1

The first 2 from dell have no bloatware and are straight install discs. The third alienware has some bloatware but not much. Cant wait to test out your tutorial, waiting for the 1 day amazon shipment which sadly will not arrive until thursday to backup the win10 os.
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