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  1. the bootx64.efi file is located on you windows 7 iso file - see post #9 - [url]https://www.win-raid.com/t7111f52-Install-Windows-on-Kbook-Apollo-Lake-n.html
    I know the location in Win 7.

    I was missing the file in uefi-seven, realized my mistake (i had the source code, not the actual program). I'll report how it goes.
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  2. Hi everyone I am definitely late to the party but feel like I need this. I have the official Windows 7 ISO on a bootable USB via Rufus. I have removed the hard drive that came with the HP Laptop originally with Windows 10 (that is now an external hard drive on my Windows 7 PC). The laptop gives me the famous "drivers not found" error on the installation startup screen of Windows 7. I am downloading the tool that was shown at the beginning of this thread and hopefully it will work. Any other advice I should be aware of?
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  3. Hello again - update:

    The software took 63 minutes to create my new ISO with no errors - I have a genuine Windows 7 ISO.

    As of typing this post the installer very quickly and efficiently entered the installation program and seems to be running smoothly.

    Will provide updates.

    Originally Posted by tahirtheram86 View Post
    Hi everyone I am definitely late to the party but feel like I need this. I have the official Windows 7 ISO on a bootable USB via Rufus. I have removed the hard drive that came with the HP Laptop originally with Windows 10 (that is now an external hard drive on my Windows 7 PC). The laptop gives me the famous "drivers not found" error on the installation startup screen of Windows 7. I am downloading the tool that was shown at the beginning of this thread and hopefully it will work. Any other advice I should be aware of?
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  4. All I can say is WOW. This worked absolutely perfectly. The ISO was made smoothly and in an hour, the install went perfectly and zero issues (so far) during the usage and play-around within Windows 7. Just this morning I had "technical experts" from HP and Microsoft saying that it won't work and it is not supported on a machine designed for Windows 10. Well I didn't give up and thanks to your AMAZING software, I now have Windows 7, pretty much for the rest of my life.

    Thank you so much Atak!

    Happy to field any questions from anyone curious about my experience with the software.

    My laptop is HP 17-p150na, you can find the spec on the HP website (I think it has a nickname "Energy Star" or something).

    Originally Posted by tahirtheram86 View Post
    Hello again - update:

    The software took 63 minutes to create my new ISO with no errors - I have a genuine Windows 7 ISO.

    As of typing this post the installer very quickly and efficiently entered the installation program and seems to be running smoothly.

    Will provide updates.

    Originally Posted by tahirtheram86 View Post
    Hi everyone I am definitely late to the party but feel like I need this. I have the official Windows 7 ISO on a bootable USB via Rufus. I have removed the hard drive that came with the HP Laptop originally with Windows 10 (that is now an external hard drive on my Windows 7 PC). The laptop gives me the famous "drivers not found" error on the installation startup screen of Windows 7. I am downloading the tool that was shown at the beginning of this thread and hopefully it will work. Any other advice I should be aware of?
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  5. OK so now the problems begin - below is a list of the hardware which hasn't installed. Currently can't get onto the internet or install remaining drivers with a USB.

    SORRY THE PICTURE IS GRAINY - TOOK PHOTO OF LAPTOP MONITOR:

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    Originally Posted by tahirtheram86 View Post
    All I can say is WOW. This worked absolutely perfectly. The ISO was made smoothly and in an hour, the install went perfectly and zero issues (so far) during the usage and play-around within Windows 7. Just this morning I had "technical experts" from HP and Microsoft saying that it won't work and it is not supported on a machine designed for Windows 10. Well I didn't give up and thanks to your AMAZING software, I now have Windows 7, pretty much for the rest of my life.

    Thank you so much Atak!

    Happy to field any questions from anyone curious about my experience with the software.

    My laptop is HP 17-p150na, you can find the spec on the HP website (I think it has a nickname "Energy Star" or something).

    Originally Posted by tahirtheram86 View Post
    Hello again - update:

    The software took 63 minutes to create my new ISO with no errors - I have a genuine Windows 7 ISO.

    As of typing this post the installer very quickly and efficiently entered the installation program and seems to be running smoothly.

    Will provide updates.

    Originally Posted by tahirtheram86 View Post
    Hi everyone I am definitely late to the party but feel like I need this. I have the official Windows 7 ISO on a bootable USB via Rufus. I have removed the hard drive that came with the HP Laptop originally with Windows 10 (that is now an external hard drive on my Windows 7 PC). The laptop gives me the famous "drivers not found" error on the installation startup screen of Windows 7. I am downloading the tool that was shown at the beginning of this thread and hopefully it will work. Any other advice I should be aware of?
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  6. Hi everyone, so I am finally up and running.

    I removed the hard drive and plugged into my main Windows 7 PC with USB/SATA bridge - downloaded as many drivers as I could find using the "hardware IDs" of the missing hardware.

    That sorted out about a third of them, importantly the ethernet controller - once I got online, Windows update installed another third of hardware drivers.

    Finally I posted my missing hardware IDs onto the HP support forum as it is a HP laptop - that got the rest of them installed.

    The only ones missing are the touchpad drivers (which is weird because the touchpad works - probably additional features and interface missing maybe, but I use a mouse so it doesn't matter) and the bluetooth driver which didn't extract, probably because Windows 7 won't support it.

    I will open those two .exe files with 7zip and see if I can install the remaining hardware using the browse function.

    Once again Atak, thanks so much for your software. Lifesaver.
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  7. I need some help please.

    Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming (WiFi 6) AMD AM4
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
    SSD: Samsung 830 Sata

    My base image was: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.7.ULTIMATE.RTM.WITH.SP1.X64.RETA IL.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT The Image Updater completed successfully in 2-1/2 hours (what an incredible tool). I burned the image and booted into Windows Setup (and, to my relief, for the first time I had a functional mouse and keyboard).

    Installation went smoothly up until "Installing updates ..." At that point, the installation process said that it would automatically restart in 10 seconds (which it did).

    My problem is that upon restart, the Win7 system doesn't boot. I end up with a blank screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner. I looked at the file structure on the drive, and the BOOTMGR file does, indeed, exist. The disk is an MBR (rather than GPT) disk.

    Maybe there is a BIOS setting that I don't have set correctly? CSM is enabled; Secure Boot is disabled. I have Win10 on another drive, and it still boots, fortunately.

    Suggestions?
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    Originally Posted by Droiderat View Post
    I need some help please.

    Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming (WiFi 6) AMD AM4
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
    SSD: Samsung 830 Sata

    My base image was: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.7.ULTIMATE.RTM.WITH.SP1.X64.RETA IL.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT The Image Updater completed successfully in 2-1/2 hours (what an incredible tool). I burned the image and booted into Windows Setup (and, to my relief, for the first time I had a functional mouse and keyboard).

    Installation went smoothly up until "Installing updates ..." At that point, the installation process said that it would automatically restart in 10 seconds (which it did).

    My problem is that upon restart, the Win7 system doesn't boot. I end up with a blank screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner. I looked at the file structure on the drive, and the BOOTMGR file does, indeed, exist. The disk is an MBR (rather than GPT) disk.

    Maybe there is a BIOS setting that I don't have set correctly? CSM is enabled; Secure Boot is disabled. I have Win10 on another drive, and it still boots, fortunately.

    Suggestions?
    first try disconnecting all devices connected to the computer (mouse keyboard wifi adapters etc )
    then try booting the computer and see if it will boot.

    second -
    Boot your PC via Safe Mode.
    Click the search box, then type “cmd” (no quotes).
    Right-click Command Prompt, then select Run as Administrator.
    Run the command below:
    sfc /scannow
    Wait for the SFC scan process to complete.
    Exit Command Prompt by typing “exit” (no quotes). Press Enter on your keyboard to execute the command.
    Restart your PC as you normally would.

    try these 2 tips and report back
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  9. Thank you for your kind response. Before I heard from you, I deleted all of the partitions on the drive, and began the Win7 installation all over again.

    Installation went smoothly up through "Installing updates ..." The installation process said that it would automatically restart in 10 seconds (which it did). Upon restart, the installation process continued for several more minutes. The screen momentarily went black when, presumably, a graphics driver was being updated. I could see the USB mouse lose (and regain) connectivity (the MS mouse has a light in the "tail"). And then there was another restart. After this boot, the installation hung on the Win7 splash screen (with the logo and "Starting Windows"). No drive activity (per the activity LED attached to the motherboard) and no light on the mouse. So I did a hard reset, and was presented with the startup options screen (safe mode, etc.). I elected to "Start Windows normally", and ended up stuck at the same place.

    I have no idea how to get past this, but I assume that I will need to do something in Safe Mode ... perhaps an SFC /scannow.

    Your thoughts ?
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    Originally Posted by Droiderat View Post
    Thank you for your kind response. Before I heard from you, I deleted all of the partitions on the drive, and began the Win7 installation all over again.

    Installation went smoothly up through "Installing updates ..." The installation process said that it would automatically restart in 10 seconds (which it did). Upon restart, the installation process continued for several more minutes. The screen momentarily went black when, presumably, a graphics driver was being updated. I could see the USB mouse lose (and regain) connectivity (the MS mouse has a light in the "tail"). And then there was another restart. After this boot, the installation hung on the Win7 splash screen (with the logo and "Starting Windows"). No drive activity (per the activity LED attached to the motherboard) and no light on the mouse. So I did a hard reset, and was presented with the startup options screen (safe mode, etc.). I elected to "Start Windows normally", and ended up stuck at the same place.

    I have no idea how to get past this, but I assume that I will need to do something in Safe Mode ... perhaps an SFC /scannow.

    Your thoughts ?
    try the SFC/scannow option in safe mode and see what that does.
    does the computer boot up in safe mode ??
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  11. Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    Originally Posted by Droiderat View Post
    Thank you for your kind response. Before I heard from you, I deleted all of the partitions on the drive, and began the Win7 installation all over again.

    Installation went smoothly up through "Installing updates ..." The installation process said that it would automatically restart in 10 seconds (which it did). Upon restart, the installation process continued for several more minutes. The screen momentarily went black when, presumably, a graphics driver was being updated. I could see the USB mouse lose (and regain) connectivity (the MS mouse has a light in the "tail"). And then there was another restart. After this boot, the installation hung on the Win7 splash screen (with the logo and "Starting Windows"). No drive activity (per the activity LED attached to the motherboard) and no light on the mouse. So I did a hard reset, and was presented with the startup options screen (safe mode, etc.). I elected to "Start Windows normally", and ended up stuck at the same place.

    I have no idea how to get past this, but I assume that I will need to do something in Safe Mode ... perhaps an SFC /scannow.

    Your thoughts ?
    try the SFC/scannow option in safe mode and see what that does.
    does the computer boot up in safe mode ??
    I received the following message when I tried to enter safe mode:
    "Windows cannot complete installation in safe mode. To continue installing Windows, restart the computer."
    Here is the good news from the logs:
    2021-05-30 11:50:23, Info [0x0601dc] IBS Setup has completed phase 4 at 2021-05-30 11:50:23
    2021-05-30 11:50:23, Info IBS Successfully logged Setup information onto event viewer system channel
    2021-05-30 11:50:23, Info IBS Successfully logged OS information onto event viewer system channel
    2021-05-30 11:50:23, Info [0x0601e1] IBS InstallWindows:First boot phase of setup done!!!!
    2021-05-30 11:50:23, Info [0x090009] PANTHR CBlackboard::Close: c:\windows\panther\setupinfo.
    Unfortunately, I didn't get much further than this, as the system hung while booting for the second phase.
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    Originally Posted by Droiderat View Post
    Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    Originally Posted by Droiderat View Post
    Thank you for your kind response. Before I heard from you, I deleted all of the partitions on the drive, and began the Win7 installation all over again.

    Installation went smoothly up through "Installing updates ..." The installation process said that it would automatically restart in 10 seconds (which it did). Upon restart, the installation process continued for several more minutes. The screen momentarily went black when, presumably, a graphics driver was being updated. I could see the USB mouse lose (and regain) connectivity (the MS mouse has a light in the "tail"). And then there was another restart. After this boot, the installation hung on the Win7 splash screen (with the logo and "Starting Windows"). No drive activity (per the activity LED attached to the motherboard) and no light on the mouse. So I did a hard reset, and was presented with the startup options screen (safe mode, etc.). I elected to "Start Windows normally", and ended up stuck at the same place.

    I have no idea how to get past this, but I assume that I will need to do something in Safe Mode ... perhaps an SFC /scannow.

    Your thoughts ?
    try the SFC/scannow option in safe mode and see what that does.
    does the computer boot up in safe mode ??
    I received the following message when I tried to enter safe mode:
    "Windows cannot complete installation in safe mode. To continue installing Windows, restart the computer."
    does the display driver have the latest driver update ??
    try going into the advance boot option screen and use the arrow keys and Enable low-resolution video (640ื480), and then press Enter.
    if computer still will not boot, others say that you might have a virus - https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/windows-7-boots-to-an-unresponsi...7642e7e?page=1
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  13. Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    Originally Posted by Droiderat View Post
    Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    Originally Posted by Droiderat View Post
    Thank you for your kind response. Before I heard from you, I deleted all of the partitions on the drive, and began the Win7 installation all over again.

    Installation went smoothly up through "Installing updates ..." The installation process said that it would automatically restart in 10 seconds (which it did). Upon restart, the installation process continued for several more minutes. The screen momentarily went black when, presumably, a graphics driver was being updated. I could see the USB mouse lose (and regain) connectivity (the MS mouse has a light in the "tail"). And then there was another restart. After this boot, the installation hung on the Win7 splash screen (with the logo and "Starting Windows"). No drive activity (per the activity LED attached to the motherboard) and no light on the mouse. So I did a hard reset, and was presented with the startup options screen (safe mode, etc.). I elected to "Start Windows normally", and ended up stuck at the same place.

    I have no idea how to get past this, but I assume that I will need to do something in Safe Mode ... perhaps an SFC /scannow.

    Your thoughts ?
    try the SFC/scannow option in safe mode and see what that does.
    does the computer boot up in safe mode ??
    I received the following message when I tried to enter safe mode:
    "Windows cannot complete installation in safe mode. To continue installing Windows, restart the computer."
    does the display driver have the latest driver update ??
    try going into the advance boot option screen and use the arrow keys and Enable low-resolution video (640ื480), and then press Enter.
    if computer still will not boot, others say that you might have a virus - https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/windows-7-boots-to-an-unresponsi...7642e7e?page=1
    I'm not sure you understand where I am in the setup process. I have completed the "first boot phase" of setup. At this point, there is not now, nor has there been, an opportunity to upgrade graphics drivers. Everything in the system is coming from the Win 7 setup disk.

    Further, I am presently unable to get into any "advanced boot options" screen in Win 7, and there is no such screen which contains video settings in my BIOS.

    And I am not booting to a black screen (as described in the article you linked). My system is hanging on the startup of the second boot phase. The animated Windows logo has swirled and come together, and the text below is says "Starting Windows ...". And at that point my system stops (and the logo and the text both remain on the screen).

    While I am reluctant to rule out any possible cause for why the system is hanging, it is unlikely to be due to the graphics driver, nor due to a virus (I personally downloaded the image file from the MSDN file server, and just ran a thorough virus scan on that drive, and it is clean).
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    Originally Posted by Droiderat View Post
    Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    Originally Posted by Droiderat View Post
    Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    Originally Posted by Droiderat View Post
    Thank you for your kind response. Before I heard from you, I deleted all of the partitions on the drive, and began the Win7 installation all over again.

    Installation went smoothly up through "Installing updates ..." The installation process said that it would automatically restart in 10 seconds (which it did). Upon restart, the installation process continued for several more minutes. The screen momentarily went black when, presumably, a graphics driver was being updated. I could see the USB mouse lose (and regain) connectivity (the MS mouse has a light in the "tail"). And then there was another restart. After this boot, the installation hung on the Win7 splash screen (with the logo and "Starting Windows"). No drive activity (per the activity LED attached to the motherboard) and no light on the mouse. So I did a hard reset, and was presented with the startup options screen (safe mode, etc.). I elected to "Start Windows normally", and ended up stuck at the same place.

    I have no idea how to get past this, but I assume that I will need to do something in Safe Mode ... perhaps an SFC /scannow.

    Your thoughts ?
    try the SFC/scannow option in safe mode and see what that does.
    does the computer boot up in safe mode ??
    I received the following message when I tried to enter safe mode:
    "Windows cannot complete installation in safe mode. To continue installing Windows, restart the computer."
    does the display driver have the latest driver update ??
    try going into the advance boot option screen and use the arrow keys and Enable low-resolution video (640ื480), and then press Enter.
    if computer still will not boot, others say that you might have a virus - https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/windows-7-boots-to-an-unresponsi...7642e7e?page=1
    I'm not sure you understand where I am in the setup process. I have completed the "first boot phase" of setup. At this point, there is not now, nor has there been, an opportunity to upgrade graphics drivers. Everything in the system is coming from the Win 7 setup disk.

    Further, I am presently unable to get into any "advanced boot options" screen in Win 7, and there is no such screen which contains video settings in my BIOS.

    And I am not booting to a black screen (as described in the article you linked). My system is hanging on the startup of the second boot phase. The animated Windows logo has swirled and come together, and the text below is says "Starting Windows ...". And at that point my system stops (and the logo and the text both remain on the screen).

    While I am reluctant to rule out any possible cause for why the system is hanging, it is unlikely to be due to the graphics driver, nor due to a virus (I personally downloaded the image file from the MSDN file server, and just ran a thorough virus scan on that drive, and it is clean).
    look under under Windows 7 hangs at startup - classpnp.sys - https://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/ultimate-troubleshooting-guide-for-windows-7-hanging-issues/
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  15. I solved my problem. As part of my troubleshooting, I used the BIOS to disable the onboard peripherals (HD audio, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth). After doing that, the installation of Win7 completed without issue. Testing the peripherals one-by-one, I determined that it was (is) the HD audio which causes the system to hang on startup (if enabled, it still hangs on system startup notwithstanding the completion of the installation). I don't have Win7 drivers for any of these:
    • ROG SupremeFX 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A
    • Intel Ethernet Controller - i225-V 2.5 Gb
    • Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 160 MHz
    • Intel Wireless Bluetooth
    The audio chip is a slightly modified Realtek, and uses Realtek drivers. I am hopeful that I can locate Win7 drivers for it. I am less optimistic about finding drivers for the Intel networking chips, as they weren't released until long after the discontinuance of Win7 support.

    Thank you for your help.
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