Windows 7 on B550 With Ryzen 5 CPU

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  1. Posts : 20
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
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       #21

    It doesn't seem to work. When I boot from the USB stick, a blue Windows logo appears very briefly then seems to crash and the whole screen is black with a white flashing line on the top left (like the cmd prompt). Can't type anything though. Have tried all the USB ports on the laptop and it's the same result. Maybe I need a different iso?

    Edit: Nevermind! after waiting about a minute or so it loaded up. Looked like it crashed though. Works flawlessly, am looking at my drive now and moving files as I write this

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    As expected, it will take quite a long time to backup gigabytes of files to an external drive, but it works which is what matters. So if anyone is in my position (I'm positive I won't be the last person on Windows 7 with a discontinued motherboard) then follow the advice kindly provided by SWI2 and you shouldn't have a problem. When booting from the USB stick, if it looks like it's crashed, it hasn't, just wait a bit.

    There's only one thing left, downgrading to Windows 10. How is the best way to go about this? From what I researched, LTSC version is has the least bloat and garbage, so I would prefer something like this. Would it be as simple as downloading a Windows 10 iso onto this USB drive, booting from that drive, then the Windows 10 installation should offer an option to completely wipe the drive and install Windows 10? I have read some posts about some compatibility issues with software like photoshop/gaming with LTSC but I'm not sure.
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  2. Posts : 15,181
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #22

    after waiting about a minute or so it loaded up.
    yes it is big and can take a while to load unless on a reasonably powerful pc.

    Would it be as simple as downloading a Windows 10 iso onto this USB drive, booting from that drive, then the Windows 10
    Not exactly. Because you have already created the bootable usb stick, I would suggest look inside the sources folder on the usb.
    Rename boot.wim to something sensible like 1904v3.wim

    Then just extract the contents of the win10 iso file onto the usb stick using 7-zip.

    https://7-zip.org/a/7z2107-x64.exe

    https://7-zip.org/a/7z2107.exe

    Highlight the contents of the win10 iso and then rt click and select copy to, Like this: ( in the example below replace R:\ with the letter of your usb stick )

    Windows 7 on B550 With Ryzen 5 CPU-7-zip-copy-iso-contents.jpg


    That is so the 1904v30.wim is still in the sources folder and the other stuff like the Uprograms folder will still be on the usb stick.
    So you can add an entry to select booting either windows setup or the 1904v30.wim .
    I can show you how to add the boot entry for that later.
    It will be a multi purpose usb media.
    Last edited by SIW2; 30 Apr 2022 at 20:48.
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  3. Posts : 20
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
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       #23

    Okay, It'll be 3 - 4 days until my motherboard arrives then I can proceed, otherwise I've backed up what I needed to and am ready to wipe the drive. What Windows 10 iso do you think is appropriate and where should I get it? I don't see it on the usb unless I'm mistaken. I am considering LTSC for gaming and with the hopes it'll be a bit more similar to Win7 by not installing stuff like cortana, but don't really know enough about Windows 10 to make a decision
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  4. Posts : 15,181
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #24

    What Windows 10 iso do you think is appropriate and where should I get it?
    I tried to like win10, but I prefer win7.

    I am not the best person to ask about ltsc etc.

    You can d/l the iso files from here:

    TechBench by WZT (v4.1.1)
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  5. Posts : 7,029
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #25

    SIW2 said:
    I tried to like win10, but I prefer win7.

    I am not the best person to ask about ltsc etc.

    You can d/l the iso files from here:

    TechBench by WZT (v4.1.1)
    I think TechBench provides Win 10 with install.wim that is bigger than 4G.
    I would download from MCT that provides Win 10 with install.esd that is smaller than 4G.

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    I have created a USB boot able with SIW2 excellent tools.
    I have created a Win 7 folder where I extracted a Win 7 iso.
    To install Win 7 (or Win 10) I boot the USB boot able with SIW2 tools, open Explorer and on the Win 7 folder I run setup.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Windows 7 on B550 With Ryzen 5 CPU-siw_tool.jpg  
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  6. Posts : 20
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
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       #26

    SIW2 said:
    I tried to like win10, but I prefer win7.
    I feel the same way, but will just bite the bullet if it might mean less headaches in the future for me compatibility wise


    Megahertz07 said:
    I think TechBench provides Win 10 with install.wim that is bigger than 4G.
    I would download from MCT that provides Win 10 with install.esd that is smaller than 4G.

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    I have created a USB boot able with SIW2 excellent tools.
    I have created a Win 7 folder where I extracted a Win 7 iso.
    To install Win 7 (or Win 10) I boot the USB boot able with SIW2 tools, open Explorer and on the Win 7 folder I run setup.
    Thanks mate, so basically I would download the Win10 iso from MCT, extract the iso to the bootable USB, then boot my PC via the bootable USB and run the Win10 setup pointing to my main PC SSD drive as the source for the OS. Is this correct? Also sorry I'm talking about Win10 here, I'm just a bit conflicted at the moment whether to double down with Win7 or just go to Win10
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  7. Posts : 7,029
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #27

    Get a 8G USB drive
    Open a CMD window as administrator and type:

    diskpart
    list disk (it will list all drives. Identify the USB drive number)
    select disk n (replace n by the USB drive number obtained with list disk)
    clean
    convert mbr
    create part primary
    select part 1
    format fs=fat32 quick
    assign
    active
    exit (to exit diskpart)

    On Win 7 computer use 7Zip to extract all files and folders from the 17514x64v30.iso file to the USB drive.
    On Win 10 computer , mount the iso file and copy all files and folders to the USB drive.

    Create a Win 10 folder on the USB drive.
    On Win 7 computer use 7Zip to extract all files and folders from the Win 10 iso file to the Win 10 folder on the USB drive.
    On Win 10 computer , mount the iso file and copy all files and folders to the USB drive.

    Windows 7 on B550 With Ryzen 5 CPU-siw2_tools.jpg

    Boot from SIW2 tools.
    Open Explorer
    Browse to Win 10 folder
    Run Setup to install win 10
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  8. Posts : 20
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
    Thread Starter
       #28

    Hey mate, all good with formatting the drive to SIW2 tools. I can't use the Windows MCT though, I get an error code 0x80072F8F - 0x20000. I've tried using an ISO instead, but can't copy the large install.wim file like you mentioned earlier. So I'm currently going to try entering 'Dism /Split-Image /ImageFile:\sources\install.wim /SWMFile:E:\sources\install.' into the CMD prompt

    As advised here; Install Windows from a USB Flash Drive | Microsoft Docs
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  9. Posts : 15,181
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #29

    It is easier with something like gimagex. Works fine on win7.

    https://www.autoitconsulting.com/fil...ex/gimagex.zip

    Windows 7 on B550 With Ryzen 5 CPU-gimagex-split.jpg

    A useful tool for working with wim files ( and a lot else ) is dism++, but oddly it doesnt include a split feature . It is attached to my sig at the bottom of my posts.
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  10. Posts : 20
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
    Thread Starter
       #30

    If I use Usb7ice to copy the Windows 10 iso to the USB drive, wouldn't I be able to boot from that and install Windows 10 to a drive of my choice? If that wouldn't work I'll use gimagex, thanks SIW2
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