Update Win7x86 for USB3/nvme?

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  1. Posts : 70
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    Update Win7x86 for USB3/nvme?


    I want to update windows 7 32 bit with the USB3 and NVME drivers ( I have many legacy 16 bit programs to run). Is it possible?
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    7 X64
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    yes.
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  3. Posts : 70
    windows 7 ultimatex64
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    Using nvme-WIN7x86 the m.2 nvme appeared as a drive and could be partitioned, but it did not appear to the Win7 installer so I could not install it.
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    If you want windows setup to see the nvme disk , the nvme updates need to be integrated into boot.wim image 2.

    32 bit (x86) win7 does not support efi booting.

    For efi boot you should use 64 bit (x64) win7.
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  5. Posts : 70
    windows 7 ultimatex64
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    I will retain win7x86 on the sata drive and prepare x64 for the new nvme drive as a start. I downloaded the Lenovo hotfix and made the nvme drive visible to x86 so I know it works. I have an x64 ISO which I will extract to a temp file next.

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    Oops...7UPDATERv42A needs a 64bit machine, so everything was moved to one nearby and the task was run to an apparent completion. When the task completes where are the results?
    Is the original file overwritten?
    Last edited by joeyc100; 06 Dec 2022 at 20:23.
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  6. Posts : 15,676
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    whatever distribution folder you pointed it at will have been updated.
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  7. Posts : 668
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (dual boot)
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    joeyc100 said:
    I will retain win7x86 on the sata drive and prepare x64 for the new nvme drive as a start. I downloaded the Lenovo hotfix and made the nvme drive visible to x86 so I know it works. I have an x64 ISO which I will extract to a temp file next.
    Oops...7UPDATERv42A needs a 64bit machine, so everything was moved to one nearby and the task was run to an apparent completion. When the task completes where are the results?
    Is the original file overwritten?
    Why are you using 3-year old version 42A instead of current version 64I of the integration tool?

    Update your Win 7 installation media
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  8. Posts : 70
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    I "read" 641 not 64I and after perusing 143 pages of thread I came across 42A, a logical update of 41, and so used it.

    But, no matter, after copying a WIN7x64 dvd to a disk folder and using 641, I converted the resulting folder to an ISO using Imgburn. Rufus v3.11.1678 produced a USB which booted up nicely back on my WIN7X86 target machine and accepted a USB mouse (so the USB3 drivers were included). However, upon reaching the partition selection page the nvme drive did not appear and so I could go no further. All the sata partitions showed but no nvme partition.
    I then tried all of this again using a WIN7X86 dvd on the nearby x64 o/s. Bringing the new USB back to my x86 and booting it fared no better. Even tho the current x86 o/s could use the nvme drive as data storage, the new x86 boot could not get to it.
    What next, the world wonders....

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    Ok...
    I have tried:
    1. WindowsImageTool from GA. It inserts the USB3 drivers but not the nvme driver, even when asked to do so.
    2. Win7UsbPatcher(v2.0.21_Braswell) from Asrock. Same results as above.
    3. 7UPv64I from SIW2 running on a 64bit machine, and ported back. Again, same results as above.

    I'm beginning to think that I have been incorporating the wrong nvme driver. I am running a KabyLake I5 on an Asrock Z270M Pro4 m/b. But I don't see an nvme driver in all of the driver downloads from Asrock. The KB2990941 hotfix allows the nvme drive to be seen by Win7x86 and used as a data drive, but that's all.

    I shall try Integrate7, altho I don't want to add the Win7 updates to the results just yet. I have to figure out how to stop this.
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    the new x86 boot could not get to it.
    what do you mean "get to it "

    did you open a cmd prompt and type

    diskpart
    list disk
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  10. Posts : 70
    windows 7 ultimatex64
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    Yes. Copying by hand:
    Disk 0 Online 465 GB (current o/s ssd)
    Disk 1 Online 931 GB (current archives hdd)
    Disk 2 Online 465 GB (new ct500p3pssd8 nvme)
    Disk 3 Online 28 GB (Usb boot drive after Integrate7)

    And so,
    4. Integrate7 by Keller running on a 64bit machine and ported back. USB3 drivers were added ok, but no nvme.
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