Installing Windows 7 on NVMe M.2

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Viporus

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been doing research on this as I had to update my system a bit to run Fallout 76 beta. My question is many people have suggested using "Gigabytes Windows USB tool", to assist in loading Windows onto a Samsung (950/ 960/ 970) m.2 NVMe. I'm using an Asrock Motherboard and before I use that i wanted to know if it might affect the motherboard or drivers?

Mobo: Asrock Fatal1ty x370 gaming x
CPU: Ryzen 5 1500x
Samsung M.2 970 EVO NVMe

p.s. I'm aware of the fact that Ryzen doesn't support updates without an unofficial patch.
 

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You should be OK
That is not to say it will be straightforward
Your CPU is Summit Ridge family
http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Zen/AMD-Ryzen 5 1500X.html

and the main, sometimes insurmountable problems, are with Raven Ridge
That said, you may encounter USB keyboard or mouse problems on install - use PS2 will circumvent those

See this link
Use the ASRock tool rather than the Gigabyte one, if indeed it is necessary
http://www.asrock.com/microsite/Win7Install/index.html

You may need this link as well
https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/Fatal1ty X370 Gaming X/index.asp#Download

and here is the ASRock tool
http://www.asrock.com/microsite/Win7Install/index.html
CLICK ON AM4 series heading
OR
here
http://asrock.pc.cdn.bitgravity.com/Utility/UsbPatcher/Win7UsbPatcher(v2.0.18_AM4).zip

That all said why you would want to install 7 a shortly to be END of Life OS on such hardware is beyond me even considering the Fallout76 Beta which as you may know was found to have many bugs
https://www.vg247.com/2018/11/13/fallout-76-launch-times/
 
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Viporus

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used the Asrock patcher, was able to start setup with the usb, but it will not see the NVMe drive in setup. just as note though i can see the drive in BIOS.

issue now seems to be the NVMe drivers so that it can see the drive, which i've pulled the drivers from the latest Samsung driver exe with 7zip as suggested on Reddit, pulled the Samsung drivers in form of .inf .cat and .sys from this site. https://www.win-raid.com/t29f25-Recommended-AHCI-RAID-and-NVMe-Drivers.html, and went into the gigabyte tool and copied the Samsung NVMe drivers over to the thumb drive i'm using as well as the 2 updates that were there. Still did not see the drivers or drive.

(and only reason I haven't upgraded to 10 yet is that my finances are a bit tapped getting the new hardware, least for the next 5 months or so, where as i have a perfectly good windows 7 key. Also as a note, while Fallout 76 does have bugs as most beta's do, it was fun and another chance to play games with my brother, so i'll forgive a few bugs here and there.)

If you have any suggestions on how to get the NVMe drivers in I'd be grateful, otherwise i'll likely try this guide i found even though the process seems lengthy, ran out of time to try it tonight, i'll likely have more time to try it friday. if you know a better suggestion i'd be happy to hear it :), and i'm thankful for the help.
http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...an-nvme-ssd-from-a-usb-3-0-thumbdrive.783921/
 

Viporus

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ok, i'm not sure if i'm doing something wrong or if a setting is wrong and i don't know it or what.
i've tried side loading the drivers, slip streaming them, made a bootable drive after formatting it, used dism cmd's to install USB3 and the NVMe drivers, and near the end i found this: https://www.mantis.es/noticias/Win7SP1-Update-EN
all the updates and drivers built in, put it on a bootable drive and it still didn't see the drive.
I've got UEFI mode as off if BIOS, and compatibility mode on to see the drive. any suggestions to check or to change? (p.s. it wouldn't let me edit my previous post)
 

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Have you slip-streamed the 2 Hotfixes and the USB 3.0 and Samsung NVME drivers into boot.wim ?
 
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