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Windows 7: Installing win7 on an SSD - missing driver

21 Jan 2019   #1

windows 7 64 bit
Installing win7 on an SSD - missing driver

I'm trying to install windows 7 onto a new ssd (samsung 970 evo) and it's being installed from a working computer with windows 10. I loaded the windows 7 cd into the drive, started the installation process, and got to the "expanding files" part before it put out an error stating that it can't install windows due to a missing driver.

It didn't have any details on what it was talking about and booted me out of the installation screen after hitting ok. Anyone know what drivers I'm missing?

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21 Jan 2019   #2
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit

If you're connecting the 970 to a NVME slot, Win 7 doesn't have the NVME driver.

I don't know if this will help-

3 Ways to Install Windows 7 to NVMe SSD
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21 Jan 2019   #3

windows 7 64 bit

I tried using the method above and here is what I got. It appeared to install everything fine but then when it went to restart the computer, it kept going through the windows failed to start screen. I chose safe mode to see if it made a difference which it did not. I loaded the drive with windows 10 and saw that the nvme drive I used had the windows files on it (user, program files, etc). Not sure what's going on with that.

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21 Jan 2019   #4

windows 7 64 bit

I then tried removing the working drive out of the computer just in case that was causing any issues with my new drive. I selected it, loaded the nvme driver, then the partition vanished before I could even install it.

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21 Jan 2019   #5

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22 Jan 2019   #6

Windows 10 Pro x64

Look at the motherboard manufacturer`s website, if it has a M.2 slot than they should have a driver for it.

But SIW2`s reply should work for you.

Just an example but ....

Asus has a great program called Asus EZ Installer which lets you create a W7 installer with the M.2 driver added.

A W7 installer does not have USB 3.0 drivers either.
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