Intel USB 3.0 Creator Utility

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 It is now obsolete and has been superseded by the far more reliable Windows USB Installation Tool by Gigabyte.

Windows USB Installation Tool

The Windows USB Installation Tool by Gigabyte may be found here:

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-Z170X-Gaming-G1-rev-10#support-dl-utility 

It adds not only USB 3.0 drivers but storage controller drivers and drivers for Intel and Samsung NVMe SSDs as well as associated hotfixes.

Video Tutorial

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.

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/windows-7-sp1-iso-download/

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:

Select Start:

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 create an Updates folder on your Bootable USB and to download and place the following updates in it. Also make a text file in this folder and copy the information below so you know what order to install the updates in. Installing these updates immediately after Windows 7 will save you Windows Update hassles due to your installation media being >7 years out of date and embedded with Internet Explorer 8 which is no longer supported.

Windows 7 64 Bit

Service Stack and Convenience Rollup

A restart is required after each of these updates.

Perquisite IE11 Updates

A restart is required after each of these updates.

IE11

The Latest Security Rollup

A restart is required after this updates.

When downloading sort by the latest date, use the latest (non-preview) Windows 7 for x64-based systems update only.

Microsoft .Net Framework

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials Latest Definition

Windows 7 32 Bit

Service Stack and Convenience Rollup

A restart is required after each of these updates.

Perquisite IE11 Updates

A restart is required after each of these updates.

IE11

The Latest Security Rollup

A restart is required after this updates.

When downloading sort by the latest date, use the latest (non-preview) Windows 7 for x86-based systems (or just called Windows 7) update only.

Microsoft .Net Framework

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55167

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials Latest Definition

OEM Cert Collection

If you are using a system with an OEM License (including OEM Downgrade Rights from Windows 8.x Pro and Windows 10 Pro) on a computer manufacturered by a major OEM such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, ASUS, Acer, Compaq, Gateway, Packard, Fujitsu, IBM, MSI, Samsung, Sony or Toshiba you are best to install Windows 7 without a Product Key and activate post installation using OEM System Locked Preinstallation – the same BIOS based Product Activation mechanism of factory settings. Doing so will save you from having to call Microsoft to activate by phone.

I have put together the OEM Cert Collection along with an associated 2 line script to install the Cert and Apply the associated OEM SLP Key. After Installation copy the OEM folder containing the cert and OEM SLP key to your C:\ Drive and then run the script file.

It is available as a .zip file here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d2xFAA6aDJu3PEtLD2Sv4WUfxg5lTwBl/view?usp=sharing

Obsolete Guide

Downloading Intel USB 3.0 Creator Utility

The Intel USB 3.0 Creator Utility for Windows 7 was available for Download here:

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25476/Windows-7-USB-3-0-Creator-Utility

Unfortunately version 3 of this utility stupidly doesn’t work in Windows 7…

It only works on a system running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 only.

In practice this utility is very fussy and only works on A Clean Install of Windows 8.1 or 10 only.

The utility must be used on a Windows 7 Bootable USB Flash Drive. If one attempts using a folder (e.g. from an extracted .iso) they will instead get error 0x80070057:

0x80070057

Without a complete Clean Install you will experience common errors like 0xC1420114. Such an error message may occur if the utility has been used and exited without completion. Essentially its attempted to extract a .wim file to a temporary location and can’t delete it. It uses this temporary location to remount the new .wim and can’t because the temporary location is occupied…

0xc1420114

Using the Intel USB 3.0 Creator Utility

Insert your Windows 7 USB Flash Drive:

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The Installer Creator must be run as an administrator for this utility to work:

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Right click the Installer_Creator and select “Run as Administrator”:

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Select Yes at the User Account Control:

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The Intel USB 3.0 Creator Utility will now open. Ensure all instances of Windows Explorer are closed in the VM:

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Select the Browse button:

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Select your Bootable USB:

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Select Create Image:

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It should mount all Editions in the install.wim and then slipstream the USB 3.0 drivers and then do the same with the boot.wim:

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Once its done it will say success:

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Note if you get an error message or it takes longer than an hour its likely stalled. Quit and recreate the Bootable USB with Rufus, you will need to do this on a fresh Windows Install.

For a Bootable USB made from a English Windows 7 64 Bit .iso Downloaded Directly from Microsoft.

The boot.wim found in the sources folder of the USB was updated from 160 MB to 164 MB.

The install.wim found in the sources folder of the USB was updated from 2.75 GB to 2.86 GB.

You may have slightly differing file sizes depending on your original installation .iso.