The Intel USB 3.0 Creator Utility was a tool for adding USB 3.0 driver support to Windows 7 Installation Media. It is now obsolete and has been superseded by the far more reliable Windows USB Installation Tool by Gigabyte.
The Windows USB Installation Tool adds USB 3.0 and NVMe hotfixes only. It does not add F6 Storage Controller Drivers which may need to manually loaded in order to read your System Drive during the Windows 7 Setup. It also does not update the installation media and as Microsoft’s Installation Media is typically from about 2011, it currently takes about 3 times as long to manually patch Windows 7 then to clean install it. I have created a Windows 7 Slipstream Script which slipstreams the Convenience Rollup and it’s perquisite update, IE11 and it’s perquisite update, the NVMe hotfixes, USB 3.0 Drivers and F6 Storage Controller Drivers. See Slipstreaming Windows 7. Slipstreaming Windows 7 is a bit advanced but I have made it as simple to do as possible, you only need to copy the files to the correct folders and run the script file. If it is a bit too advanced for you, you can use the Windows USB Installation Tool as outlined below and then manually install the Updates.
Windows USB Installation Tool
The Windows USB Installation Tool by Gigabyte may be found here:
It adds not only USB 3.0 drivers but the hotfixes associated for NVMe SSDs. You may need to however Load Intel F6 Storage Controller Drivers provided by your OEM during installation to see the SSD like I did when I tested this on a Dell OptiPlex 7040 and Dell OptiPlex 3040 6th Generation Intel Skylake System with a NVMe SSD. The USB was Created Fresh from the Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 2011 Installation ISO. These models are amongst the last newest hardware support to run Windows 7 64 Bit.
Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit can only run on systems with a 6th Generation Intel Processor or Earlier. The newest Dell Systems to run Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit are the OptiPlex 7040 and OptiPlex 3040. You can no longer get these on the Dell Website as they have been superseded by the OptiPlex 7050 and OptiPlex 3050 respectively but you can find plenty on Amazon (I’ll give affiliate US and UK links below, if you use these, it will help me cover the costs of running this website).
It works reliably on Windows 7 and Windows 10 unlike the old Intel USB 3.0 Creator Utility.
Scroll down until you find it:
Alternatively press [Ctrl] and [ f ] and search for Windows USB Installation Tool.
Using the Gigabyte USB Installation Tool
Download the tool and extract it:
To proceed you will need to have already created a Bootable USB from a Windows 7 Installation .iso using Rufus.
To launch the utility double click the WindowsImageTool.exe and accept the User Account Control:
Check the three boxes to add the drivers:
Leave the Source Path as “None – Add USB Drivers” and change the Destination Path to your Windows 7 Bootable USB Flash Drive:
The tool will mount each index of your boot.wim file, add the drivers and then commit the changes. It’ll repeat the process for the install.wim file:
For a Bootable USB made from a English Windows 7 64 Bit .iso Downloaded Directly from Microsoft.
The process took about 16 minutes in my test.
The boot.wim found in the sources folder of the USB was updated from 160 MB to 189 MB.
The install.wim found in the sources folder of the USB was updated from 2.75 GB to 2.88 GB.
You may have slightly differing file sizes depending on your original installation .iso.
Standalone Updates for Windows 7
It is highly advised to download the standalone Updates, copy them to your Windows 7 Bootable USB and manually install them post installation. See Windows 7 Standalone Updates for more details.