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Windows 7: Can't install Win 7 on ASUS laptop - running into different errors

05 Aug 2018   #1

Windows 10 64-bit
Can't install Win 7 on ASUS laptop - running into different errors

Hi guys. I've been going to great lengths recently trying to install Win 7 HPrem x64 as dual-boot on the machine specified in my details, yet, so far - to no success.
I initially set it up with Win 10 since ASUS provide drivers compatible only with it, yet I wanted to have Seven at least as dual boot. I had disabled 'Secure boot' in UEFI so everything was expected to go smoothly.
At first I tried to install it by simply launching the setup.exe from the ISO without any physical bootable device and while installation went through, it seemed botched - wireless card, USB ports, touchpad and even USB-mouse - NONE of these WORKED! I clearly recall on my old Samsung laptop, after a fresh Win 7 installation at least the touchpad worked for sure before any driver was installed, and the USB mouse does not require drivers - it's a plug-n-play device. Yet here they didn't.
I assumed maybe the installation did not unfold properly (since the ISO is supposed to be raw original - with a download link from Wincert tool, I guess it mustn't be broken itself) and so decided to make a bootable USB-drive and make a classic setup. So, I got Windows 7 USB DVD download tool from MS website and put it to work. The result was the following message:
Files copied successfully. However, we were unable to run bootsect to make the USB device bootable. If you need assistance with bootsect, please click the "Online Help" link above for more information.
I looked this up and on some other forum ppl shared personal experience that content was still workable and is safe to ignore the pop up, that it appeared because Win 7 ISOs were anyway bootable by default.. So I decided to go on with it, rebooted and the USB was listed simply as Generic flash disk 8.07. I chose it and started the setup, only to stumble upon this:

I have no idea why it is but it threw me out of installation.
So I returned to my installation guide - How to Install Windows 7 From USB (Flash Drive, Ext HD), since in the end he mentions this:
When the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool formats the flash drive during the process above, it does so using NTFS, a file system that some UEFI systems won't boot from if on a USB stick.
  • To get the USB drive to boot on these computers, you should copy the data from the flash drive onto a folder on your computer, then reformat the flash drive using the older FAT32 file system, and then copy that same data back onto the drive.
I thought may be this is the issue and performed the steps, then rebooted again. This time my boot options looked like this:

I naturally chose the 'UEFI flash drive' option, after I'd seen where the other leads, but when selected what it does is only to return me to the exactly same blue field of boot options.
Please, help me out with this, I'm totally lost!

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05 Aug 2018   #2

win 8 32 bit

Welcome to the forum. First thing have you checked there are drivers for win7 as there might not be any? Why not run it as a free virtual PC with virtual box
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05 Aug 2018   #3

Windows 7 HP 64

Win 7 installation disk doesn't have new drivers needed for a Skylake. You will need to add them, specially USB 3.x and SATA.

- Fist of all, you must find out if the disk is Legacy - MBR or UEFI - GPT (I would say it's UEFI - GPT). Under Win 10, open disk management. On the View menu - top - select Disk List.
Please report

- Under Win 10, with disk management, shrink the C: partition to make space to Win 7 (85G).

- Add the USB 3.x and SATA drivers to win 7 installation disk.
Read my tutorial Create a Windows 7 USB flash installation with new drives for new MB's - Windows 7 Help Forums
There is also a Asus program to add the drivers to the win 7 installation disk wizard.
Or use dism++ Dism++ | New Windows Utility
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05 Aug 2018   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

First thing is to add the needed drivers to your installation media.

There is an easy way to drivers.

Use dism++.

It is also possible to do it with 7update tool, but it takes longer because it is really intended for updates.

To work out what drivers you need, you will have to tell us more about your machine. What is the model? What is the motherboard? The only thing we know is that you have an i3 Skylake processor.

Second thing is to create efi bootable usb stick.
We can show you how to make efi bootable usb stick after you have added drivers ( and updates if you like) to your installation media.
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05 Aug 2018   #5

Windows 10 64-bit

Hi again. It's possible the driver request during installation was triggered by the fact I'd put the USB in the 3.0 port. Only later I read in another thread here that win 7 by itself is incompatible with 3.0 standard. I shall check this out, is this the reason, when I have time, maybe tomorrow - put it in the 2.0 port and make a new attempt.. Then I'll report what happened
@samuria virtual OS will be a last resort, if nothing else works. I've had Win 10 hog on my HDD spin load enough by itself I can only dread how much the system would freeze with a virtual machine on top..

@Megahertz07 Yes, it's UEFI - GPT. I've taken care of the partitions. Thank you for the links and tutorial, I'll look into them tomorrow.

@SIW2 Thank you too. We will see if it's actually drivers issue.. I thought Win installation was knee-deep waters, but now under UEFI seems there are a lot of hidden rocks..
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05 Aug 2018   #6

Windows 7 HP 64

SIW2 is the man with the fantastic tools.
My tutorial is 2 years old, still work but there is this tool that SIW2 provided that should be more easy to work with.
Read the tutorial to understand what is going to be done by the tool.
As I wrote before, you will have to add to the installation disk USB 3.x and SATA.

For your laptop, try this drivers
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06 Aug 2018   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I understand your problem fully as I went through the same saga before SIW2 helped me to resolve the problem. You can find the answer (hopefully) if you navigate to Have no nvm driver for windows 7 Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums and read the post. You may not have the same specs as I, but the final result will probably be the same. All the best.
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06 Aug 2018   #8

Windows 7 HP 64

@SIW2 has created a tool to install drivers and updates to the installation media.
Update your Win 7 installation media. - Windows 7 Help Forums
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18 Aug 2018   #9
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3

Hi ihatecaptcha, welcome to Seven Forums,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
To work out what drivers you need, you will have to tell us more about your machine. What is the model? What is the motherboard? The only thing we know is that you have an i3 Skylake processor.
If you get your system specifications sorted out in your UserCP > Edit System Spec setup it will enable us to give you better advice!

The tutorial below [Published by Brink and written by CyberZeus] let's you easily see all of your system information, along with the option of making filling out your system specifications here at Seven Forums easier: How to See Your System Specs with "System Info"

I hope this helps!
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