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windows 7 on z170 boards

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im looking to upgrade to skylake but i want to keep using windows 7 since i have a cd for it. but my concern is i have read that you can't boot windows 7 from usb, i have a external usb dvd drive would i be able to use that or would i have to connect an optical drive to the board.

 

Check the manual for the specific Z170 board you plan to buy—most manufacturers make them freely available on their product pages. My Asus Z170-A's manual stated that 100-series boards do not allow Windows 7 installation without pre-loading USB 3.0 drivers, and it includes instructions for doing so.

 

For my part, I installed Windows 7 by booting from the DVD in legacy mode. I did not have to mess around with the USB driver. I think UEFI mode is what has trouble with it.

im looking to upgrade to skylake but i want to keep using windows 7 since i have a cd for it. but my concern is i have read that you can't boot windows 7 from usb, i have a external usb dvd drive would i be able to use that or would i have to connect an optical drive to the board.

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What I would do to make sure it works is try it before buying the board and CPU. With your current system, boot from the W7 disc using your external USB DVD drive. It should work though.

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Im pretty sure you can run the windows 7 installer from an USB drive.

Linux even made video of how to do it back in the day (at NCIX Tech Tips):

 

I personally use RUFUS for installing from an USB drive.

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USB DVD drive will work fine.

 

Also USB drive should work. Set the BIOS on UEFI/legacy mode. Now it can boot the USB.

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im looking to upgrade to skylake but i want to keep using windows 7 since i have a cd for it. but my concern is i have read that you can't boot windows 7 from usb, i have a external usb dvd drive would i be able to use that or would i have to connect an optical drive to the board.

 

Check the manual for the specific Z170 board you plan to buy—most manufacturers make them freely available on their product pages. My Asus Z170-A's manual stated that 100-series boards do not allow Windows 7 installation without pre-loading USB 3.0 drivers, and it includes instructions for doing so.

 

For my part, I installed Windows 7 by booting from the DVD in legacy mode. I did not have to mess around with the USB driver. I think UEFI mode is what has trouble with it.

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i installed win7 from USB stick all the time. Just extracted the ISO and selected the USB stick as first boot device in my Bios. Should work for DVD Drives too!

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i installed win7 from USB stick all the time. Just extracted the ISO and selected the USB stick as first boot device in my Bios. Should work for DVD Drives too!

You don't have to extract and make the device bootable in the Command Prompt and then boot it.

 

There is a simple and lightweight tool for making your USB bootable with ISO file. It's called Rufus.

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You don't have to extract and make the device bootable in the Command Prompt and then boot it.

 

There is a simple and lightweight tool for making your USB bootable with ISO file. It's called Rufus.

cool cool, but its on the stick for years now and worked great over the time. I dont see a reason to change anything. But thanks for the tip. Maybe the stick will die in some years, and ill remember ;D

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