I am trying to install and boot Windows 7 embedded via USB 3.0.
I am able to do this with USB 2.0 but not from USB 3.0. I have a Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3L motherboard.
Is this possible? What do I need to do?
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Almost anything is possible, however, Windows does not natively support USB 3.0 drivers, so it might get a bit complicated.
The following is adapted from one of William Hilsum's posts.
This gets quite advanced, I hope you have a working knowledge of command prompt. I would recommend you add the various Microsoft directories to your path, or run the
What I recommend you do is download the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and then your USB drivers.
Once you've done that, load the
Once this is downloaded, you can use the "copype" command to copy the required Windows PE files to a staging folder. Assuming you wanted
For 64 bit use:
(I won't give two versions from now on, simply use common sense and replace 64 with 32!)
This will basically copy the required Windows PE files to the folder above.
Next, we need to mount the
This will mount the
To load the driver, have the path to the
If you explore this folder, you can add additional files if you wish. Personally, I include ImageX so it is available from Windows PE.
Now commit the changes by typing:
Now you simply overwrite the default
Lastly, we use the Microsoft Mastering tool with the following command:
Congratulations! You now have a new bootable Windows PE
You can burn this to disk, and hopefully, everything should work as long as the driver is compatible with Windows PE.
A pointer to a discussion that could be useful :
This thread explores several subjects of interest and points to several other useful articles. I suggest reading it and its links and comparing them carefully to what you did.
Windows & Embedded and the Regular Windows 7 Versions can be booted from USB 3.0 by integrating USB 3.0 Drivers into the install.wim.
You will have to download the USB 3.0 drivers from your Vendor's website. Integrate these drivers into your Install.wim using DISM. Then apply/install Windows & to your USB 3.0 Drive
For more details read the below links.
To install Windows 7 to a USB Drive i.e, to Enable Windows To Go on regular versions of Windows 7 you can use WinNTSetup or NT Fast Installer.