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    The easiest method to do this, would be to use Rufus: https://rufus.akeo.ie/

    In Rufus do this (select the ISO by clicking the CD drive icon):


    Then copy the AutoUnattend folder and AutoUnattend.xml file to the root of the USB stick:


    If you don't have access to the Support DVD, I uploaded it here: http://www.filedropper.com/autounattend

    Remember to enable CSM in BIOS, but install in UEFI mode.
    It should now boot fine.
    Last edited by Desmond86; 08-19-2015 at 10:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond86 View Post
    The easiest method to do this, would be to use Rufus: https://rufus.akeo.ie/

    In Rufus do this (select the ISO by clicking the CD drive icon):


    Then copy the AutoUnattend folder and AutoUnattend.xml file to the root of the USB stick:


    If you don't have access to the Support DVD, I uploaded it here: http://www.filedropper.com/autounattend

    Remember to enable CSM in BIOS, but install in UEFI mode.
    It should now boot fine.
    Sorry guys, I have the ISO on the disc and copied the two folders on there and came to the same issue. When I 'browse' the drives in the windows install, I've only got harddrive X.

    Do I need to enable this CSM mode? Where is that located and is it not on by default?
    Kind regards

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    So you are booted into the installation and your keyboard and mouse is working? Then the USB 3 drivers is already working. Where are you browsing for drivers? On the step where you format your HDD? There you are only supposed to browse for the SATA driver if you need it.

    Yes, CSM needs to be enabled, and Secure Boot needs to be disabled.

    Last edited by Desmond86; 08-20-2015 at 04:43 PM.

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    Is there ANY way to fresh install windows 7 without a Sata DVD drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aceridgey View Post
    Is there ANY way to fresh install windows 7 without a Sata DVD drive?

    Asus says there is but them ways do not work for me, I have made a eufi W7 flash drive and put them files on it but it still looking for the drivers so the only way i can install W7 is from ODD

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    I've spent quite a few hours trying to install Win 7 on a Z170 Pro Gaming today. A few findings:

    Using the Asus tool to create a USB stick does not work (tried the tool both on a win 8.1 and a Win 7 32 bit PC). The tool completes but when using the USB stick I either get no USB 3 support (meaning I cannot use keyboard/mouse) or I get the message in this thread "missing driver...".

    Using a optical SATA drive with Asus DVD + USB stick with Win 7 I get a bit further. I get as far as "Extracting files 100%..." during the Win 7 install but then nothing happens (tried 3 times).

    To eliminate a faulty USB stick I installed Windows 10 using the same stick and it worked fine.

    So then tried using Rufus (both GPT/UEFI and Legacy BIOS) with and without the USB drivers from the ASUS DVD + Win 7. This did not work either.

    My last attempt now (looks like it has worked) was with a Rufus created Win 7 USB stick with the USB 3 drivers. Then when the install complains about "missing driver..." I browsed and used this driver (on another USB stick):
    \Intel_USB3_Win7_V40036_Win81_V10042\Windows7\Driv ers\HCSwitch\x64\iusb3hcs
    I found that driver on the Asus Support pages for Z170 Pro Gaming (it's in the Intel USB 3 package).

    Anyway, it's now booted into Win 7 and is downloading Windows Updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nilsman View Post
    Using the Asus tool to create a USB stick does not work (tried the tool both on a win 8.1 and a Win 7 32 bit PC). The tool completes but when using the USB stick I either get no USB 3 support (meaning I cannot use keyboard/mouse) or I get the message in this thread "missing driver...".
    Hello

    I would review the entire procedure being used to determine where things are going off track. Win8.1 does not need any USB driver or special preparation for install.

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    did you create the drive as MBr or GTP with rufus?

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    Sorry, my instructions does not work. I posted them without trying properly but tonight I have tested everything and found a solution.

    First I tried to boot the Installation USB.

    Keyboard and mouse works but no HDD is detected and I get driver error when trying to load the AHCI driver:





    I then tried to launch the setup from WinPE 10, HDD was detected but Install failed:



    So then I used ApplyWim method to put Windows on HDD without installing it.

    First you need to Download WinPE 10 ISO.
    (I uploaded only WinPE for you so you don't need to download the whole 3 GB Windows 10 ADK).

    Extract the files to the root of the USB drive (the flash drive must be FAT32).
    Copy install.wim from Windows 7 ISO\Sources folder to the root of the USB drive.

    Download ApplySeven and extract the files to the root of USB, where you copied install.wim

    Go into BIOS and set Secure Boot to "Other OS" and then enable CSM:







    Boot the USB drive. When you are at CMD window:

    Type
    Code:
    diskpart
    Type
    Code:
    list disk
    and check if your HDD is disk 0 (or disconnect all other HDD's from your PC except the one you want to have Windows on (safer)).



    Then figure out which drive letter your USB drive is mounted at by typing:

    Code:
    list volume
    You can see it by the label of the USB.

    Then select that volume by typing (where X is the number):

    Code:
    select volume X
    Then type:

    Code:
    ASSIGN LETTER=D
    Last step is to run the Apply script.

    Type
    Code:
    exit
    in diskpart, then type
    Code:
    D:
    and
    Code:
    ApplyImage.bat
    The script will then format and create all partitions on disk 0 and apply Windows image to it, and finally copy bootloader.



    You will see a message at the end when bootloader has been copied, just reboot PC and you will be at the OOBE setup.



    You can also put the install.wim and the other files on a second internal HDD, it will apply much faster, ~ 3 min, but you have to change the drive letter of that HDD to D.
    Last edited by Desmond86; 08-25-2015 at 03:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Praz View Post
    Hello

    I would review the entire procedure being used to determine where things are going off track. Win8.1 does not need any USB driver or special preparation for install.
    I know Win 10 and 8.1 both install fine. But what I'm talking about here is USING the Asus EZ Installer tool on already installed WIn 8.1 and a Win 7 PC.

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