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Windows 7 on an MSI Z390 Motherboard

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by FakeNinja, Jan 17, 2019.

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  1. FakeNinja

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    I just built a PC with an MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard and I need help installing Windows 7. I went to the driver download page on my mobo website and only Win 10 x64 was listed, however, when I downloaded the LAN and the chipset driver, the installer said that Win 7 was indeed supported as well. So if I have the chipset, LAN and GPU drivers, will I be fine? Or are there any other necessary drivers?

    Secondly, I can't even get the OS to install. My USB mouse and keyboard didn't even work so I had to use a PS/2 keyboard to navigate in the installer, but when I click the install button, I only get this far: https://imgur.com/a/iMj4mmH

    I tried using the MSI smart tool and even the ASUS EZ installer to inject USB 3.0 and NVME (Yes I have a M.2 NVME drive) but it didn't work and I still got the same error message.

    I also tried loading several USB 3.0 drivers in the Win 7 installer but it said that the driver wasn't compatible with my hardware? This is one of the many drivers I tried to install: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/65855/Intel-USB-3-0-eXtensible-Host-Controller-Driver
    Shouldn't this be the correct driver? It says it's compatible with Windows 7 so why does the installer say otherwise? Is the Windows 7 installer just badly coded when it comes to installing drivers or is this not the correct driver for my hardware? (Btw I'm installing Windows using a USB)

    The weird thing is, the Windows 7 installer does detect both my NVME SSD and my HDD when I browse for drivers, so what driver does it want me to install exactly?? Is it just impossible to install Windows 7 on a Z390 motherboard and am I better just downgrading to a Z370 instead? Or is there actually a way to fix this?

    What else can I do here? I would be extremely thankful for any help.
     
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    MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON (support site)

    It supports 8th and 9th Generation Intel processors.

    Windows 7 needs a 6th Generation or older Intel processor.

    That's why you see listed drivers only for Windows 10 64-bit.

    You cannot install Windows 7 64-bit in that motherboard.

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    That's not true, I have seen people install Win 7 on Z370 motherboards with an 8th gen CPU. The ASUS Z370-H even has drivers available for Windows 7.
     
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    In post #1, you said you built a computer with a MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON motherboard.
    The title of your thread even refers to a Z390
    In post #1, you did not say you built a computer with an ASUS Z370 or ASUS Z370-H model motherboard.

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    Yes, but you claimed that Win 7 only works on 6th gen CPUs or older, but the Z370 motherboard even has drivers available for 7 which means that even 8th gen CPUs are supported.
     
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    Windows 7 may possibly install in a computer that has a 7th generation Intel processor.
    However, Microsoft may not allow that computer to install Windows 7 updates for it.
    This is Microsoft's way of forcing people to move to Windows 10.
    To my knowledge, Windows 7 will not even install in a computer that has an 8th or 9th generation Intel processor.

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    You are not going to install win7 on a nvme type drive unless you slipstream the necessary drivers into the install media. This is going to require a reasonably high level of skill. Even IF you were able to slipstream the nvme driver, win7 is not a supported operating system.

    In short, you are fighting a loosing battle. While you may get win7 to install, it is never going to work well.
     
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