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Windows 7: Bootable USB for i7 kaby lake

24 Dec 2016   #1

Bootable USB for i7 kaby lake

Hey everyone,

Sooo, just bought a new laptop. The model is below:
E5-575G-728Q | Laptops - Tech Specs & Reviews - Acer

Reading on the internet, I cannot find a reliable source confirming if Windows 7 can be installed on Intel Kaby lake processors. Found sources telling me that you can and sources telling me you cannot.

I needed to try, so I booted an USB with a WIN7 iso using RUFUS and tried to install, however after starting the install I get this:

I tried to use both 3.0 and 2.0 USB ports, same error. I cannot load drivers from same usb or other USB as I cannot access them from there, so I am guessing that's not the issue. I also enabled legacy.
I don't even know what driver I would need.

Am I forced to install Win10? I would very much appreciate any kind of guidance as I do not like WIN10 interface.
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24 Dec 2016   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

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24 Dec 2016   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64

Windows 10 would take you a day to customize and learn, you should have left it alone.

Windows 7 will install on a Kaby Lake :)

It`s a joke that laptops are not coming with a dvd drive.
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25 Dec 2016   #4

Windows 7 HP 64

Win 7 doesn't have some drivers for new MB. You have to load them. That is what it is asking on post 1. It would be simple to load them by a USB flash disk. The problem is that Win 7 doesn't have the USB3 drivers. Then you're stuck. There is a way to load the drivers too the installation disk. Read my tutorial Create a Windows 7 USB flash installation with new drives for new MB's
Try to add this USB drivers to the installation disk:
The Acer specs makes reference to a SSD. It can also need a specific driver.

But the main thing is that I don't think that Kaby Lake is compatible with Win 7. Many articles I read, It's only compatible with Win 10 and Linux.
Fist thing to check is if you're able to disable secure boot on BIOS. If you can't....
Should you upgrade to Intel's upcoming Kaby Lake processors? | Windows Central
Microsoft made 'em do it: The latest Kaby Lake, Zen chips will support only Windows 10 | PCWorld

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25 Dec 2016   #5

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

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27 Dec 2016   #6


Thank you for your kind replies and indications.
As I read from here and other sources, installing WIN7 may cause a drop in performance. As mentioned in this thread, even though it was forced by Microsoft, for full use of your Kabylake processor you need to install WIN10 or the newest Linux distros.
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27 Dec 2016   #7

Windows 10 Pro x64

Agreed, and after a week of using 10, you won`t even notice the difference :)
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27 Dec 2016   #8

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

lol I used 10 for nearly a year and I never got confused on what the differences were
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27 Dec 2016   #9

Windows 10 Pro x64

Just waiting on the desktop Kaby Lakes to hit the market, it shouldn`t be too much longer.

Forbes Welcome

Desktop Kaby Lake-S i7/i5 Lineup and 200-Series Chipsets Leaked
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17 Jan 2017   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Hello, I am going to buy i5 7500. Can I bypass this error by installing Windows through a DVD (I have a DVD-RW) and after that install necessary USB 3/motherboard drivers etc. ?
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