[Desktop PC/All-in-One]Windows 7 and USB 3.0 driver installation for Skylake(H110/H170/Z170/B150/Q150/Q170) and Braswell platform

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[ Desktop PC/All-in-One] Windows 7 and USB 3.0 driver installation for Skylake(H110/H170/Z170/B150/Q150/Q170) and Braswell platform

Based on the chipset specification, Skylake (H110/H170/Z170/B150/Q150/Q170) and Braswell platform require USB 3.0 drivers to be preloaded in order to use USB keyboard/mouse during Windows 7 installation.
This section is a guide on preloading USB 3.0 drivers and installing Windows 7.

Method 1: Using SATA ODD & USB devices
Load USB 3.0 drivers by using the ASUS support DVD and install Windows 7 by using a USB device.

Requirement:
1 x ASUS support DVD
1 x Windows 7 installation source
1 x SATA ODD
1 x USB device (ODD or storage)

Note:
1. The USB storage device requires 8 GB or more capacity. It is recommended to format the storage in device before use.
2. If you want to install Windows 7 64-bit UEFI mode, use both a USB ODD and a SATA ODD.

Installation Steps
1. Insert the Windows 7 installation DVD into a USB ODD or copy all files on the Windows 7 installation DVD to a USB storage device on a working system.
2. Connect the USB ODD or USB storage device to your Skylake (H110/H170/Z170/B150/Q150/Q170) and Braswell platform.
3. Insert the ASUS support DVD into a SATA ODD on your Skylake (H110/H170/Z170/B150/Q150/Q170) and Braswell platform.
4. Power on your system and keep  pressing F8 during POST (Power-On Self Test) to enter the boot screen.
5. Select the USB ODD or USB storage device as the boot device.

6. The USB 3.0 driver will be loaded automatically during installation startup.
When the “Setup is starting..” screen shows up, it means the USB 3.0 driver is loaded correctly.

7. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the Windows 7 installation.

Method 2: Using ASUS EZ Installer
Use the ASUS EZ Installer to create a modified Windows 7 installation source

Requirement:
1 x ASUS support DVD
1 x Windows 7 installation DVD
1 x Working system (PC or laptop)
1 x SATA ODD
1 x USB storage device (8 GB or more)

Installation Steps
1. Insert the Windows 7 installation DVD.
2. Launch the ASUS EZ Installer in the ASUS support DVD.
3. Select a method of creating a modified Windows 7 installation file:

A) Windows 7 OS disk to USB storage device

a. Select Windows 7 OS disk to USB storage device then click Next.

b. Check I agree and then click Next.

c. Select the source of the Windows 7 installation disk then click Next.

d. Select the USB storage device and click Next. Click the refresh icon  if the USB storage device is not displayed.
   Note: The USB storage device will be formatted, so ensure that you have backed up your data from it.

e. Click Yes to clear the contents on the USB storage device and create a bootable USB device.
Make sure to backup contents on the USB storage device, as it will be formatted.

f. Once completed, click OK to finish.

B) Windows® 7 OS disk to ISO file
Note : Before using this method to install Windows 7:

  • If you are using only one SATA HDD, ensure that your SATA HDD has more than twice the storage space (ISO file size +500MB).
  • If you are using two or more SATA HDDs, ensure that at lease two of your SATA HDDs have more than the storage space (ISO file size +500MB).

a. Select Windows 7 OS disk to ISO file then click Next.

b. Check I agree and then click Next.

c. Select the source of the Windows 7 installation disk then click Next.

d. Select the folder to save the modified Windows 7 installation ISO file and click Next.

e. Once completed, click OK to finish.
f. Burn this ISO file onto an empty DVD to create a modified Windows 7 installation DVD.

4. Insert the modified Windows 7 installation DVD into an ODD or connect the USB storage device with modified Windows 7 installation files onto your Skylake (H110/H170/Z170/B150/Q150/Q170) and Braswell platform.
5. Power on your system and press F8 during POST (Power-On Self Test) to enter the boot screen.
6. Select the ODD or USB storage device as the boot device.

7. The USB 3.0 driver will be loaded automatically during installation startup.
When the “Setup is starting…” screen shows up, it means the USB 3.0 driver is loaded correctly.

8. Follow the onscreen instruction to complete the Windows 7 installation.

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