Downloading Windows 7 and Creating a December 2018 Bootable USB with USB 3.0, Storage Controllers and NVMe Support

For Dell Systems, this guide has been superseded with the following three guides making March 2019 Installation Media:

 

This guide will instruct in making your Windows 7 Bootable USB Multi-Edition and slipstream the Installation Media bringing it up to Date until December 2018.

Note that Windows 7 Reaches End of Life in January 2020 and it is advised to migrate to Windows 10 Version 1903. Your Windows 7/8.x OEM/Retail Product Key will work with Windows 10 Version 1903 Installation Media giving you a Free Upgrade to Windows 10*. For more details see Windows OEMs and FAQs.

* During launch Microsoft stated the Free Upgrade to Windows 10 would work between August 2015 and August 2016 however I have verified that it still works with Windows 10 March 2019 Installation Media.

Download a Windows 7 ISO from Dell or Microsoft

The most reliable way to Download Windows 7 is to use the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool which will generate a direct download link from Microsoft’s or Dell’s servers. Launch the Application.

Select Run:

If using a Dell System select “Dell” and if using a non-Dell system select “Windows 7” then OptiPlex 7040 (the ISO is the same for all Dells):

If you have Dell Hardware (Intel 6th Generation or Less) with a Windows 7 Professional OEM License, Windows 8.x Pro License (Downgrade Rights) or Windows 10 Pro OEM License (Downgrade Rights) you should use the Dell Windows 7 Professional Reinstallation ISO. This ISO has been updated in 2016 for basic driver support required for this hardware although you can optionally slipstream additional updates or drivers as instructed below.

If you have Dell Hardware (Intel 6th Generation or Less) with a Windows 7 Home Basic OEM License you should use the Dell Windows 7 Professional Reinstallation ISO. This ISO has been updated in 2016 for basic driver support required for this hardware although you can optionally slipstream additional updates or drivers as instructed below.

If you have Dell Hardware (Intel 6th Generation or Less) with a Windows 7 Starter (32 Bit Only) OEM License, a Windows 7 Home Premium OEM License or a Windows 7 Ultimate OEM License the Dell Windows 7 Starter Reinstallation ISO, Dell Windows 7 Home Premium Reinstallation ISO, Dell Windows 7 Ultimate Reinstallation ISO are not available. It is advised to use Windows 10 Installation Media instead. Otherwise you need to use the Dell Windows 7 Professional Reinstallation ISO. This ISO is multi-edition but locked to one Edition. The other editions may be accessed by removal of the EI.cfg file but are outdated (2011). We can make modifications to slipstream all the updates and drivers into the outdated images.

If you have Non-Dell Hardware with a Windows 7 OEM/Retail Any Edition License or Windows 8.1 Pro OEM License (Downgrade Rights) or Windows 10 Pro OEM License (Downgrade Rights) it is advised to use Windows 10 Installation Media instead. If you want Windows 7 you should use the Microsoft ISO but this ISO is outdated (2011) and locked only to one Edition. We can remove the EI.cfg file to unlock all the other Editions and then make modifications to slipstream all the updates and drivers into the outdated images. Activation mechanisms will be discussed below.

No other License is supported here.

Non-Dell System

Select your Edition (the Edition you select really doesn’t matter as we’ll delete the EI.cfg file and instruct how to apply OEM SLP) and then Language:

Select Copy Link for 64 Bit (or 32 Bit):

Paste the Link into Chrome, you will get a Link Direct to Microsoft’s Servers. The end of the link is a time-limited token (24 hours):

Dell System

There are an assortment of Models and Images. In general for Windows 7 there is only an image for Windows 7 Professional for select Models including Models supported for Downgrade Rights from Dell Windows 10 Pro OEM and Dell Windows 8.x Pro OEM. Despite the list of Models, most of the Windows 7 Pro ISOs are the same and hence not system specific. I am going to select the OptiPlex 7040 as it is one of the last Dell Models Supported to run Windows 7. The ISOs are multi-lingual (so larger in size than the Microsoft Image). The ISO includes, Dell Logos in System Properties and the Dell default wallpaper. The Dell Windows 7 Pro Reinstallation ISO has Updates until January 2016, Basic Driver Support for up to 6th Generation Intel Skylake Hardware and applies OEM System Locked Preinstallation.

This time the image is stored on Dell’s Servers and once again the end of the link is a time-limited token (24 hours):


Creating a Bootable USB

To Create a Bootable USB you will need Rufus. Launch Rufus:

Accept the User Account Control:

Optionally Check for Updates (there may be little point as you just Downloaded the Latest Version):

Select Select:

Then load your ISO.

ISO Checksum Lookup

Press the tick button to lookup the ISO Checksums:

If using the Dell Windows 7 Pro Reinstallation ISO check that the SHA256 matches what the Windows ISO Download Tool states. If it does not your ISO is corrupt. If using the Microsoft ISO Google Search the MD5. If Google doesn’t find it than your ISO is unique and is hence corrupt.

 

Partition Scheme

If your computer is manufactured before 2010 or you are using 32 Bit Windows, the Partition Scheme should be set to MBR.

If your computer is manufactured after 2011 and you are installing 64 Bit Windows, the Partition Scheme should be GPT. If you are unsure, you will need to check whether or not you have a UEFI BIOS and select the correct option accordingly.

File System

For the File System, we must use NTFS as our install.wim will exceed 4 GB, the maximum size for FAT32. This will fail to pass Secure Boot (which will have to be Disabled in the UEFI BIOS setup) however Windows 7 itself doesn’t support Secure Boot so it will have to be Disabled Anyway.

Making the Bootable USB

You require a 16 GB USB Flash Drive.

I advise changing the Volume Label so it makes more sense to you. I am using MWin7 (so I know it is the Microsoft Windows 7 ISO):

Select Start:

You will get a warning telling you, you will Format your USB. Select OK:

When it is done it will warn you about Secure Boot. Select Close:

Rufus will say Ready. You can now Close Rufus:


Do I Need to Slipstream?

The slipstream part of my guide is more advanced and slightly time-consuming which is why I recommend using Windows 10 media which is up to date.

The slipstream needs to be carried out on a clean install of Windows 7. You may use a keyless install of Windows 7 in a Virtual Machine in VMware to perform this slipstream. See Virtualising Windows 7.

Optional: The Dell Windows 7 Professional Reinstallation ISO has Basic Driver Support for up to 6th Generation Hardware (for the Windows 7 Professional Edition only). You can use it to clean install Windows 7 now. Alternatively you can slipstream a few updates or if using a Dell Business Model such as a Latitude, OptiPlex, Precision or XPS you can slipstream the Dell Driver Pack to it.

Mandatory: For any other Edition of Windows 7 on Dell Hardware or for the Microsoft ISO on Non-Dell hardware, the installation media is out of date and installation will fail on 2nd generation to 6th generation Intel Hardware due to lack of driver support.

Slipstream

This guide is designed with two sets of Windows 7 Installation Media in mind:

  • The Microsoft Windows 7 Installation ISO Last Updated in 2011
    • For the Microsoft 2011 ISO the boot.wim for drivers and install.wim must be updated for drivers and updates.
  • The Dell Windows 7 Professional Reinstallation ISO Last Updated in 2016
    • For the Dell 2016 ISO the boot.wim already has the drivers required and we don’t need to update it. The install.wim can be updated to include the convenience rollup and the security rollup for Windows 7 Professional. The PROFESSIONAL index has been updated by Dell for Drivers and IE11. There is also a separate script file which only updates the PROFESSIONAL index.

If you start off with a different ISO than the ones above that has been tampered with/modified before the scripts in this guide may not work.

In this guide we use Microsoft Windows Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) to slipstream USB 3.0 drivers, Storage Controller Drivers, the Convenience Rollup, Internet Explorer 11 and the November 2018 Security Rollup to make up to date Windows 7 Installation Media of all Editions covering all Editions of OEM and Retail licenses. Opposed to manually typing in all the commands, I have put them in a batch file which when ran as an administrator will carry out the slipstream. Note this guide will only work on up to 6th Generation Intel “Skylake” Hardware. It will not work with anything newer as newer hardware has no Windows 7 Driver Support.

In order for this to work however you must recreate the folders and use the default file names of the updates, otherwise the script will not be able to find the boot.wim, install.wim or updates and drivers to be slipstreamed.

Tutorial Video 1: Microsoft Installation Media and Dell Reinstallation Media – All Editions: Basic Driver Support

Tutorial Video 2: Dell Reinstallation Media – Pro Edition Only: Full Driver Support “Factory Like Image”

Install.wim and Boot.wim

There are two .wim files in the Sources folder of your Bootable USB.

The boot.wim as the name suggests is the boot file and has to have USB 3.0 Drivers so it can recognise the Bootable USB and Mouse/Keyboard during Windows 7 Installation. If it doesn’t you get stuck as soon as Windows 7 Boots. It also requires drivers for the Storage Controller so it can read the Drive during installation. This is out of date for the Microsoft ISO but already updated for the Dell ISO and does not need to be updated again.

The install.wim as the name suggests is used to install Windows 7. It also needs to have the USB 3.0 and Storage Controller Drivers. In order for Windows 7 to Boot on a SSD it requires – the NVMe hotfixes. Without these Windows 7 will continuously having a BSOD when installed on a NVMe SSD. The install.wim only has driver support for the Dell Windows 7 Pro Edition of the Dell ISO and lacks Driver Support for all Editions of the Microsoft ISO. It is out of date for all Editions of both ISOs lacking the Convenience Rollup, the Latest Security Rollup.  IE11 is missing in all Editions of the Microsoft ISO and only present in Pro on the Dell ISO, IE11.

Open two instances of Windows Explorer, to one side open your C:\  Drive and to the other open your Bootable USB.

If a Drivers, IE11, or Updates Folder are present, delete them:

Open the Sources Folder in the Bootable USB:

Copy the boot.wim (Microsoft ISO only) and install.wim to C:\ directly:

You may need to select Continue to get permissions to copy directly to C:\


Download Links

Here the guide will deviate slightly, use the Download Links under Pro Edition only for a Dell Windows 7 Pro OEM License, this slipstream will include all the drivers required for your Dell system. Alternatively use the Download Links under All Editions for a Dell non-Pro Windows 7 OEM License or a non-Dell Windows 7 OEM or Retail License. This slipstream will slipstream the updates and basic drivers required for Windows 7 Clean Installation. You will need to install system specific drivers for your hardware obtained from your OEM.

You will need to Download the Following:

Pro Edition Only (Dell ISO)

You do not need the IE11 Folder or the Drivers Folders and you only require three Updates in the Updates Folder. An additional folder called DellDrivers will be made which includes all the drivers required for your Dell Model.

64 Bit (x64)32 Bit (x86)
Save in C:\UpdatesSave in C:\Updates
KB3020369-x64KB3020369-x86
KB3125574-x64KB3125574-x86
KB4471318-x64KB4471318-x86
Slipstream Script for Dell Skylake ISO (Pro Edition Only)Slipstream Script for Dell Skylake ISO (Pro Edition Only)
KB4471308SlipsteamDellSkylake2016x64KB4467107SlipstreamDellSkylake2016x86

On your C:\ Drive you should recreate the following from the downloads above. If you need more details click Show More (shown after All Editions).


All Editions (Microsoft and Dell ISO)

You need the IE11 folder, Drivers Folder and Updates Folder. You don’t need the DellDrivers folder discussed later.

64 Bit (x64)32 Bit (x86)
Save in C:\UpdatesSave in C:\Updates
KB3020369-x64KB3020369-x86
KB3125574-x64KB3125574-x86
KB2729094-x64KB2729094-x86
KB2670838-x64KB2670838-x86
KB2834140-x64KB2834140-x86
KB2639308-x64KB2639308-x86
KB4471318-x64KB4471318-x86
Gigabyte Windows USB ToolGigabyte Windows USB Tool
Extract Only and open Packages Folder. Copy the following to C:\UpdatesExtract Only and open Packages Folder. Copy the following to C:\Updates
KB2990941-x64KB2990941-x86
KB3087873-x64KB3087873-x86
Save in C:\IE11Save in C:\IE11
KB2841134-x64KB2841134-x86
Extract and save x64 Drivers to C:\DriversExtract and save x86 Drivers to C:\Drivers
F6 SATA DriversF6 SATA Drivers
USB 3.0 DriversUSB 3.0 Drivers
Slipstream Script for Dell Skylake ISOSlipstream Script for Dell Skylake ISO
KB4471308SlipsteamDellSkylake2016x64KB4467107SlipstreamDellSkylake2016x86
Slipstream Script for Microsoft 2011 ISOSlipstream Script for Microsoft 2011 ISO
KB4471308SlipstreamMicrosoft2011x64KB4467107SlipstreamMicrosoft2011x86

On your C:\ Drive you should recreate the following from the downloads above. If you need more details click Show More.


Updates Folder

Most the Updates are Direct Download Links. However the NVMe hotfixes are not available as direct download links. Previously in the past you had to fill in an online form to get them. It is easier to Download the Windows USB Tool by Gigabyte (which we will not use) and get the NVMe Updates from it’s extracted folder.

In the Gigabyte Link, select Utility:

Then Windows USB Installation Tool:

Right click and create a new folder. Call it Updates:

Move all the Downloaded Microsoft Update Packages to this folder:

For the last two we will need to right click the mb_utility_windowsimagetool and select extract all:

Use the default location:

Then select WindowsImageTool:

HOTFIX:

Then the x64 Bit folder (or x86 folder for 32 Bit Windows 7):

Move the two Microsoft Update Packages to the Updates Folder:

Move the Updates folder directly on the  C:\ Drive so you have C:\Updates

IE11 Folder

Create a new folder and call it IE11

Move the IE11 .cab file to it:

Move the IE11 folder directly on the  C:\ Drive so you have C:\IE11

Drivers Folder

Launch Chipset_Driver_CWGRX_WN32_4.0.6.60_A04_01.exe

Accept the User Account Control prompt:

Select Extract. Create a New Folder in Downloads called USB3.

Select Close:

Open the extracted folder. In Downloads create a new folder called Drivers:

In the extracted folder select Drivers:

Then Win7:

Then x64 (or x86 for Windows 7 32 Bit):

Move the contents to your Drivers folder:

Now Launch the Serial-ATA_Driver_28J5R_WN32_14.8.1.1043_A03.exe:

Accept the User Account Control Prompt:

Select Extract:

Create a New Folder in Downloads called F6SATA.

Select Close:

Open the Extracted Folder. Select Drivers:

Select Windows7-x64 (or Windows7-x86 for 32 Bit):

Move the Contents to your Drivers Folder:

Move the Drivers folder directly on the  C:\ Drive so you have C:\Drivers

On the C:\ Drive you should have your boot.wim and install.wim

You should have three folders. Drivers which contains:

IE11 which contains:

And Updates which contains:

You will have KB4471318 (December 2018 Security Rollup) opposed to KB4467107 (November 2018 Security Rollup).


Dell Business System (OptiPlex, Latitude, Precision) and Windows 7 Pro Only

You need to download the Dell Command Deploy Windows 7 Driver Pack for your Model from Dell. Then you need to extract it’s contents using 7zip. You need to then select the x64 (64 Bit) folder or x86 (32 Bit) folder and rename it DellDrivers. Copy DellDrivers to C:\

To Download the Windows 7 Driver Pack visit the Dell Website. Select Drivers and Downloads:

Select Browse All Products and then select your Model. I am using a Dell OptiPlex 7040 Desktop:

Closing the annoying dialogue box (which shows thanks to the EU):

Select Windows 7 and select Systems Management:

Select the Windows 7 Driver Pack and Download:

You can use the Download Manager or Browser:

You need 7zip for the next step. Right click the .cab file:

Select 7zip and extract to “”:

There may be a warning, you can ignore this and select close:

Open the extracted folder:

Then the subfolder:

Then the next subfolder:

If you are using 64 Bit Windows, rename the x64 folder DellDrivers and copy over to the C:\ Drive

Power Options

The Update Slipstream Script should run uninterrupted. It may take a few hours to complete so ensure your power settings are set so your computer never automatically shuts down or sleeps. If you need more details on doing this, click Show More.

Go to Start and select Control Panel:

Select Hardware and Sound:

Select Power Options:

Select Change Plan Settings:

Change both to Never and Select Save Changes:


Running the Script

Copy the script to your Desktop.

For those who want to understand what’s going on in more detail click Show More.

You can right click the script file and select Edit to view it in Notepad. I have copied and pasted some of the code and colour-coded it to help explain what it does.

% Displays the Details of the boot.wim and install.wim
Dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:C:\boot.wim
Dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:C:\install.wim
% Pauses the Script so the user can read the Details
PAUSE
% Makes a folder called BOOT2
mkdir C:\BOOT2
% Extracts the 2nd index of the boot.wim (needed for installation) to BOOT2
Dism /Mount-WIM /WimFile:C:\boot.wim /index:2 /MountDir:C:\BOOT2
% Adds all the Drivers in the Drivers folder to the extracted folder BOOT2
Dism /Image:C:\BOOT2 /Add-Driver /Driver:C:\Drivers /Recurse
% Saves the changes and repackages the boot.wim file
Dism /Unmount-WIM /MountDir:C:\BOOT2 /Commit
% Removes the folder BOOT2
rmdir C:\BOOT2
% Creates the folder HOMEBASIC
mkdir C:\HOMEBASIC
% Extracts the 1st index of the install.wim (needed for installation) to BOOT2

Dism /Mount-WIM /WimFile:C:\install.wim /index:1 /MountDir:C:\HOMEBASIC
% Adds the perquisite update to the Convenience Rollup and the Convenience Rollup to the folder HOMEBASIC
Dism /Image:C:\HOMEBASIC /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Updates\Windows6.1-KB3020369-x64.msu
Dism /Image:C:\HOMEBASIC /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Updates\windows6.1-kb3125574-v4-x64_2dafb1d203c8964239af3048b5dd4b1264cd93b9.msu
% Adds the perquisite IE11 updates to the folder HOMEBASIC
Dism /Image:C:\HOMEBASIC /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Updates\Windows6.1-KB2729094-v2-x64.msu
Dism /Image:C:\HOMEBASIC /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Updates\Windows6.1-KB2670838-x64.msu
Dism /Image:C:\HOMEBASIC /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Updates\Windows6.1-KB2834140-v2-x64.msu
Dism /Image:C:\HOMEBASIC /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Updates\Windows6.1-KB2639308-x64.msu
% Adds the cab file found in the IE11 folder to the folder HOMEBASIC
Dism /Image:C:\HOMEBASIC /Add-Package /packagepath:C:\IE11
% Adds the hotfixes required to stop Windows 7 BSOD for NVMe SSDs
Dism /Image:C:\HOMEBASIC /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Updates\Windows6.1-KB2990941-v3-x64.msu
Dism /Image:C:\HOMEBASIC /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Updates\Windows6.1-KB3087873-v2-x64.msu
% Adds the Security Rollup to the extracted folder HOMEBASIC

Dism /Image:C:\HOMEBASIC /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Updates\windows6.1-kb4467107-x64_1b77580629590e3fab05e08710e04be358a1f765.msu
% Adds all the Drivers in the Drivers folder to the extracted folder HOMEBASIC

Dism /Image:C:\HOMEBASIC /Add-Driver /Driver:C:\Drivers /Recurse
% Saves the changes and repackages the install.wim file
Dism /Unmount-WIM /MountDir:C:\HOMEBASIC /Commit
% Removes the folder HOMEBASIC
rmdir C:\HOMEBASIC
.
% Code above is repeated and modified for the second index of the install.wim HOMEPREMIUM

.
% Code above is repeated and modified for the third index of the install.wim PROFESSIONAL

.
% Code above is repeated and modified for the second index of the install.wim ULTIMATE
.

% Displays the Details of the boot.wim and install.wim
Dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:C:\boot.wim
Dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:C:\install.wim
% Pauses the Script so the user can read the Details
PAUSE

Note when looking at the indexes of the install.wim

  • For 64 Bit Windows there are four indexes in the install.wim. HOMEBASIC, HOMEPREMIUM, PROFESSIONAL and ULTIMATE. We will use the 64 Bit script as an example below.
  • For 32 Bit Windows there are five indexes in the install.wimSTARTERHOMEBASIC, HOMEPREMIUM, PROFESSIONAL and ULTIMATE.

Right click the Script Batch file and select Run as Administrator.

Accept the User Account Control Prompt:

You will be told the details of the boot.wim and install.wim.

Press any key to continue… This script takes approximately 2 hours to completely run through, on a Dell OptiPlex 7040 Micro with a M.2 SSD. You will see the folders BOOT2STARTER(32 Bit only), HOMEBASIC, HOMEPREMIUM, PROFESSIONAL and ULTIMATE appear on your C:\  Drive when you run the script. Essentially what DISM does is extract the second index of the boot.wim to the BOOT2 folder, add the USB and SATA drivers to the folder, then repackages the 2nd index of the boot.wim and then deletes the BOOT2 folder. It then goes through the 1st index of the install.wim, for Windows 7 64 Bit this is HOMEBASIC, it extracts the content to the folder HOMEBASIC and adds the updates and drivers to this folder and then repackages the 1st index of the install.wim and then deletes the HOMEBASIC folder. It then continues this procedure on all the other Indexes of the install.wim.

When it is done, you will be told the updated boot.wim and install.wim information. Press any key to exit the script. You should they are larger to the right hand side:


Updating the Bootable USB

Open your Bootable USB and go to the  Sources folder and rename the boot.wim (if using the Microsoft 2011 ISO) and install.wim to bootold.wim and installold.wim respectively (alternatively delete these .wim files).

Now copy the updated versions to Sources.


Unlocking All Editions on the Bootable USB

The EI.cfg file automatically selects the Edition of Windows 7 to install. To access all the other 4 Editions during installation the EI.cfg file must be deleted.

Without an EI.cfg present you will get the ballot box during installation:

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.


Dell Factory Like Image

If you have Securely Wiped your computer using Dell Data Wipe or Parted Magic and used the Dell Windows 7 Professional Reinstallation ISO with the added Updates and Drivers, for a Dell Business Model. You can install Windows 7 up until this stage. Then you can power off the Dell Business Computer and remove your Bootable USB.

At this stage it is very similar to a Dell Factory Image: Windows is Up to Date, All the Dell Drivers are Installed, Dell OEM Logos and Background are applied and Dell OEM SLP Activation will be Applied.


Old Version…

 

Installation Media. This will only work on up to 6th Generation Intel hardware as 7th generation Intel hardware and newer have no driver support.

Windows 7 has reached end of mainstream support and this guide is somewhat advanced. It is recommended to use Windows 10 Version 1809 Installation Media except in the rare cases where Windows 7 is mandatory.


Contents

64 Bit Instructions

Brief Written Instructions

1. Download and extract the .zip file to get the .bat file needed for the script.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=19VQEqcqvuh1X6qK-S4U9VMt6lCMrfxHA

2. Download Windows 7 Pro x64 .iso using the Dell OS Recovery Tool or from Microsoft:
http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-dell-skylake-windows-7/
http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/windows-7-sp1-iso-download/

3. Download Rufus

https://rufus.akeo.ie/

4. Make a Bootable USB:

  • Ensure you have a 16 GB USB Flash Drive
  • Load the Windows 7 .iso
  • Use the GPT partition scheme for UEFI BIOS and FAT32 Format (if your install.wim exceeds 4.0 GB use the NTFS Format) for a system with a UEFI BIOS
  • Use the MBR partition scheme for BIOS and NTFS for a system with a Legacy BIOS

5. Delete the EI.cfg File in the Win7/Sources Folder of the Bootable USB to unlock all Editions of Windows 7.

6. For this slipstream script you need to be running a Clean Installation of Windows 7 64 Bit. Preferably:

  • Windows 7 64 Bit Installed in VMware Player
    • VMware Tools Installed
    • Without a Key for a 30 Day Trial
    • With the Virtual Ethernet Disabled so no interference with Windows Update
    • With the Power settings in the VM and Host set to never sleep or shutdown

7. Make a new folder on your Desktop and call it Win7. Copy the entire contents of the Bootable USB to this folder. Move it directly to the C:\ Drive so you have a C:\Win7 folder.

8. Make a folder on the Desktop and call it Updates store the following in the folder:
https://download.microsoft.com/download/5/D/0/5D0821EB-A92D-4CA2-9020-EC41D56B074F/Windows6.1-KB3020369-x64.msu
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/05/windows6.1-kb3125574-v4-x64_2dafb1d203c8964239af3048b5dd4b1264cd93b9.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/C/A/6CA15546-A46C-4333-B405-AB18785ABB66/Windows6.1-KB2729094-v2-x64.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/4/9/14936FE9-4D16-4019-A093-5E00182609EB/Windows6.1-KB2670838-x64.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/A/5/5A548BFE-ADC5-414B-B6BD-E1EC27A8DD80/Windows6.1-KB2834140-v2-x64.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/1/C/91CC3B0D-F58B-4B36-941D-D810A8FF6805/Windows6.1-KB2639308-x64.msu
https://download.microsoft.com/download/B/D/9/BD9A7786-6C54-4425-BE04-7914E5D77FBC/IE-Spelling-en.msu
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2018/07/windows6.1-kb4338818-x64_87dc4cd46105dca91ce457affa99d007e07104c6.msu


↑ Ignore between these two lines ↓

Obsolete Instructions…

8. Download, launch the .exe to extract the .msu and store in Updates. These Updates are only necessary for some systems with NVMe SSDs:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/2990941/update-to-add-native-driver-support-in-nvm-express-in-windows-7-and-wi
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3087873/0x0000007e-stop-error-after-you-install-hotfix-2990941-in-windows-7-sp


9. Make a folder on the Desktop and call it IE11
http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/7/D/77DEA30E-F617-4088-9352-FDBFED2987EE/IE11-Windows6.1-KB2841134-x64.cab

10. Move the IE11 folder to the Updates folder and then move the Updates folder to the C:\ Drive you should now have a C:\Updates folder containing a C:\Updates\IE11 folder

11. We need to prepare a Driver Folders with USB 3.0/USB 3.1 and Storage Controllers from Intel. Make a new folder on the Desktop and call it Drivers.

12. Download USB3.0 and USB3.1 Drivers from here:

Download Link:
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/22824/Intel-USB-3-0-eXtensible-Host-Controller-Driver-for-Intel-8-9-100-Series-and-Intel-C220-C610-Chipset-Family?product=65855
Extract this zip file.
The extracted files will be found in Downloads\Intel(R)_USB_3.0_eXtensible_Host_Controller_Driver_5.0.4.43\Intel(R)_USB_3.0_eXtensible_Host_Controller_Driver_5.0.4.43\Drivers\Win7\x64

Copy the contents of this folder to the Drivers folder (on your Desktop). It should contain iusb3hub (Security Catalogue), iusb3hub (Setup Information), IUsb3Hub.man (MAN file), iusb3hub.sys (System File), iusb3xhc (Security Catalogue), iusb3xhc (Setup Information), iusb3xhc.man (MAN file), and iusb3xhc.sys (System File).


↑ Ignore between these two lines ↓

Obsolete Download Link

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


13. Download and extract the f6flpy-x64:
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27400/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver?product=55005
Do not follow any link which takes you to newer drivers; these newer drivers will be WIndows 10 only
To the left hand side there will be multiple downloads SetupRST.exe, SetupRST.zip, SetupOptaneMemory.exe, SetupOptaneMemory.zip, f6flpy-x64 and f6flpy-x86.zip.
Ensure you Download f6flpy-x64 (bottom left).
Extract this zip file.
The extracted files will be found in Downloads\f6flpy-x64

Copy the contents of this folder to Drivers. It should contain iaAHCIC (Security Catalogue), iaAHCIC (Setup Information), iaStorAC.sys (System File), iaStorAC (Security Catalogue), iaStorAC (Setup Information), iaStorAfs.sys (System File), iaStorAfsNative (Application), iaStorAfsService (Application) and iaStorF.sys (System File).

14. The Drivers folder on your Desktop should contain no subfolders.

It should contain iusb3hub (Security Catalogue), iusb3hub (Setup Information), IUsb3Hub.man (MAN file), iusb3hub.sys (System File), iusb3xhc (Security Catalogue), iusb3xhc (Setup Information), iusb3xhc.man (MAN file), and iusb3xhc.sys (System File), iaAHCIC (Security Catalogue), iaAHCIC (Setup Information), iaStorAC.sys (System File), iaStorAC (Security Catalogue), iaStorAC (Setup Information), iaStorAfs.sys (System File), iaStorAfsNative (Application), iaStorAfsService (Application) and iaStorF.sys (System File)

Additional drivers may be added to this folder e.g. for specific SSDs but are required to be in the extracted format containing a Security Catalogue, Setup Information and System File (not an application format .exe format).

15. Move the Drivers folder to C:\

N.B. Ensure you have the following:

  • C:\Win7 – Containing a Copy of your Windows 7 Setup Files
  • C:\Drivers – Containing your USB 3.0/3.1 and Storage Controllers
  • C:\Updates – Containing the Windows Updates .msu to be slipstreamed
  • C:\Updates\IE11 – containing the IE11 .cab to be slipstreamed

16. Right click 64 Bit July 2018 All (English) Script.bat and select run as administrator.

17. Wait for script to execute. Press any key to end the script when prompted. You will now have an updated boot.wim and install.wim file.

18. Go to the Sources folder of your Bootable USB. Delete the Boot.wim and Install.wim found on the Sources folder of your Windows 7 Bootable USB and copy over the new versions. You now have July 2018 Windows 7 Installation Media.

19. If you are wanting to activate Windows 7 using OEM SLP. Download the OEM Cert Collection here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d2xFAA6aDJu3PEtLD2Sv4WUfxg5lTwBl/view
More details here:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/windows-7-oem-slp/

32 Bit Instructions

Brief Written Instructions

1. Download and extract the .zip file to get the .bat file needed for the script.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=19VQEqcqvuh1X6qK-S4U9VMt6lCMrfxHA

2. Download Windows 7 Pro x86 .iso using the Dell OS Recovery Tool or from Microsoft:
http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-dell-skylake-windows-7/
http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/windows-7-sp1-iso-download/

3. Download Rufus

https://rufus.akeo.ie/

4. Make a Bootable USB:

  • Ensure you have a 16 GB USB Flash Drive
  • Load the Windows 7 .iso
  • Use the GPT partition scheme for UEFI BIOS and FAT32 Format (if your install.wim exceeds 4.0 GB use the NTFS Format) for a system with a UEFI BIOS
  • Use the MBR partition scheme for BIOS and NTFS for a system with a Legacy BIOS

5. Delete the EI.cfg File in the Win7/Sources Folder of the Bootable USB to unlock all Editions of Windows 7.

6. For this slipstream script you need to be running a Clean Installation of Windows 7 64 Bit. Preferably:

  • Windows 7 64 Bit Installed in VMware Player
    • VMware Tools Installed
    • Without a Key for a 30 Day Trial
    • With the Virtual Ethernet Disabled so no interference with Windows Update
    • With the Power settings in the VM and Host set to never sleep or shutdown

7. Make a new folder on your Desktop and call it Win7. Copy the entire contents of the Bootable USB to this folder. Move it directly to the C:\ Drive so you have a C:\Win7 folder.

8. Make a folder on the Desktop and call it Updates store the following in the folder:

https://download.microsoft.com/download/C/0/8/C0823F43-BFE9-4147-9B0A-35769CBBE6B0/Windows6.1-KB3020369-x86.msu
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/05/windows6.1-kb3125574-v4-x86_ba1ff5537312561795cc04db0b02fbb0a74b2cbd.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/6/B/B6BF1D9B-2568-406B-88E8-E4A218DEA90A/Windows6.1-KB2729094-v2-x86.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/4/9/14936FE9-4D16-4019-A093-5E00182609EB/Windows6.1-KB2670838-x86.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/1/4/F1424AD7-F754-4B6E-B0DA-151C7CBAE859/Windows6.1-KB2834140-v2-x86.msu
http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/1/D/31DB4F4F-207D-416E-9A07-FBD9E431F9FB/Windows6.1-KB2639308-x86.msu
https://download.microsoft.com/download/B/D/9/BD9A7786-6C54-4425-BE04-7914E5D77FBC/IE-Spelling-en.msu
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2018/07/windows6.1-kb4338818-x86_259a449211c1ff2f3a2d7193ea0930bd3ca334a9.msu

9. Make a folder on the Desktop and call it IE11

http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/7/D/77DEA30E-F617-4088-9352-FDBFED2987EE/IE11-Windows6.1-KB2841134-x86.cab

10. Move the IE11 folder to the Updates folder and then move the Updates folder to the C:\ Drive you should now have a C:\Updates folder containing a C:\Updates\IE11 folder

11. Make a new folder on the Desktop and call it Drivers.

11. We need to prepare a Driver Folders with USB 3.0/USB 3.1 and Storage Controllers from Intel. Make a new folder on the Desktop and call it Drivers.

12. Download USB3.0 and USB3.1 Drivers from here:

Download Link:
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/22824/Intel-USB-3-0-eXtensible-Host-Controller-Driver-for-Intel-8-9-100-Series-and-Intel-C220-C610-Chipset-Family?product=65855
Extract this zip file.
The extracted files will be found in Downloads\Intel(R)_USB_3.0_eXtensible_Host_Controller_Driver_5.0.4.43\Intel(R)_USB_3.0_eXtensible_Host_Controller_Driver_5.0.4.43\Drivers\Win7\x86

Copy the contents of this folder to the Drivers folder (on your Desktop). It should contain iusb3hub (Security Catalogue), iusb3hub (Setup Information), IUsb3Hub.man (MAN file), iusb3hub.sys (System File), iusb3xhc (Security Catalogue), iusb3xhc (Setup Information), iusb3xhc.man (MAN file), and iusb3xhc.sys (System File).


↑ Ignore between these two lines ↓

Obsolete Download Link

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


13. Download and extract the f6flpy-x86:
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27400/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver?product=55005
Do not follow any link which takes you to newer drivers; these newer drivers will be WIndows 10 only
To the left hand side there will be multiple downloads SetupRST.exe, SetupRST.zip, SetupOptaneMemory.exe, SetupOptaneMemory.zip, f6flpy-x64 and f6flpy-x86.zip.
Ensure you Download f6flpy-x86 (bottom left).
Extract this zip file.
The extracted files will be found in Downloads\f6flpy-x86

Copy the contents of this folder to Drivers. It should contain iaAHCIC (Security Catalogue), iaAHCIC (Setup Information), iaStorAC.sys (System File), iaStorAC (Security Catalogue), iaStorAC (Setup Information), iaStorAfs.sys (System File), iaStorAfsNative (Application), iaStorAfsService (Application) and iaStorF.sys (System File).

14. The Drivers folder on your Desktop should contain no subfolders.

It should contain iusb3hub (Security Catalogue), iusb3hub (Setup Information), IUsb3Hub.man (MAN file), iusb3hub.sys (System File), iusb3xhc (Security Catalogue), iusb3xhc (Setup Information), iusb3xhc.man (MAN file), and iusb3xhc.sys (System File), iaAHCIC (Security Catalogue), iaAHCIC (Setup Information), iaStorAC.sys (System File), iaStorAC (Security Catalogue), iaStorAC (Setup Information), iaStorAfs.sys (System File), iaStorAfsNative (Application), iaStorAfsService (Application) and iaStorF.sys (System File)

Additional drivers may be added to this folder e.g. for specific SSDs but are required to be in the extracted format containing a Security Catalogue, Setup Information and System File (not an application format .exe format).

15. Move the Drivers folder to C:\

N.B. Ensure you have the following:

  • C:\Win7 – Containing a Copy of your Windows 7 Setup Files
  • C:\Drivers – Containing your USB 3.0/3.1 and Storage Controllers
  • C:\Updates – Containing the Windows Updates .msu to be slipstreamed
  • C:\Updates\IE11 – containing the IE11 .cab to be slipstreamed

16. Right click 32 Bit July 2018 All (English) Script.bat and select run as administrator.

17. Wait for script to execute. Press any key to end the script when prompted. You will now have an updated boot.wim and install.wim file.

18. Go to the Sources folder of your Bootable USB. Delete the Boot.wim and Install.wim found on the Sources folder of your Windows 7 Bootable USB and copy over the new versions. You now have July 2018 Windows 7 Installation Media.

19. If you are wanting to activate Windows 7 using OEM SLP. Download the OEM Cert Collection here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d2xFAA6aDJu3PEtLD2Sv4WUfxg5lTwBl/view
More details here:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/windows-7-oem-slp/


Full Video Instructions


The video instructions are more detailed and include making a Bootable .iso. They demonstrate a 64 Bit slipstream but the instructions are more or less identical for 32 Bit.


Create an Updated Windows 7 Installation .iso

You will need to use Imgburn for this step. For ImgBurn installation don’t opt to install any unwanted software. 

Launch ImgBurn. Select Create Image File from File/Folders:

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Press the folder button to the left to add a folder to the source:

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Select the Win7 folder:

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Now go to advanced on the right hand side:

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Select Bootable Disc to the right hand side:

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Tick make Image Bootable and select the folder button for the Bootable Image (the software displays a folder icon here but it should be a file icon):

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Select etfsboot and select open:

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Type in Microsoft Corporation in Developer ID and change the sectors to load to 8:

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Select the Build Button:

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Select a save location and name the .iso and select save:

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Give the .iso a ISO9660 and UDF label (or just leave the defaults) then select yes:

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Select ok to begin the .iso creation:

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Wait for ImgBurn to make the .iso. Select ok when its finished. You may then close down the program:

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Monthly Security Update

Microsoft have been releasing Monthly Quality Rollups for Windows 7. The Latest one at this time of writing will give you all the Security Updates until the July 2018 (the script has been updated to incorporate this Rolllup) and can be obtained from the Microsoft Update Catalog:

http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=security%20monthly%20rollup%20for%20Windows%207

The one for “Windows 7” is for Windows 7 32 Bit only and the one for “Windows 7 for x64” is for Windows 7 64 Bit only:


Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is not included in the slipstream. If you want it here is the latest offline installer and definition.

Microsoft Security Essentials 64 Bit

http://mse.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/A/3/8/A38FFBF2-1122-48B4-AF60-E44F6DC28BD8/enus/amd64/mseinstall.exe

Microsoft Security Essentials Latest .Dat 64 Bit

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=87341

Microsoft Security Essentials 32 Bit

http://mse.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/A/3/8/A38FFBF2-1122-48B4-AF60-E44F6DC28BD8/enus/x86/mseinstall.exe

Microsoft Security Essentials Latest .Dat 32 Bit

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=87342


Microsoft .Net Framework

Microsoft .net Framework is not included in the slipstream as I haven’t found an easy way to incorporate it. Here is the latest offline installer

Microsoft .net Framework 4.7 Offline Installer

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


 

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43 thoughts on “Downloading Windows 7 and Creating a December 2018 Bootable USB with USB 3.0, Storage Controllers and NVMe Support

  1. Philip, First of all, I want to thank you for all the great information you’ve put together and made available. I totally agree with you that Dell’s support has gone way down the tubes.

    Second, I’ve been following your instructions, I thought to the letter, but I’ve been unable to get a fresh installation of Win 7 on my Dell Inspiron N5010. I have also been unable to get media ordered from Dell, and even if I could, my COA is faded, so I don’t think I’d be able to activate it.

    So I followed your instructions. I downloaded the ISO from Digital River, converted it to USB using Rufus. After starting the installation process and following the first restart the following error message pops up: “Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].” When I clicked on the OK button, the machine rebooted, looked like it was continuing the installation process. But then another error popped up saying “The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click “OK” to restart the computer, and then restart the installation. Clicking on OK at this point just repeated the second part of the process over again in a loop.

    Have you run into this before? Can you offer any help? I’m stumped.

  2. I downloaded the Dell windows 7 x64 sp1 usb3.0 iso you have provided. Is it possible to create a USB 3.0 bootable pendrive with a computer which only has usb 2.0 ? but my pendrive is a 3.0.

    1. Yes but the addition of USB 3.0 support is only needed if installation is being carried out on a computer that has a USB 3.0 port.

      A USB 3.0 drive can be used in a computer with only USB 2.0 ports without the additional modifications.

      1. Thanks a lot Philip. I really appreciate what you do here. This site is a big help. Thanks again.

  3. Thank you for this website. Do you have any recommendations if I have say 10 Dell computers that came pre-loaded with Windows 7 and I want to load my company’s own Windows 7 image which I captured form one of these computers on the other 9?

    On the other 9 Windows would need to be activated/validated/whatever and typically in the past I’d just type in the product key from the Microsoft sticker on the computer. For these recent batch of computers though, they didn’t come with the Microsoft stickers (not even under the laptop batteries).

    PS: Sorry for double posting this, I didn’t see that this site has two comment fields? Reposting here because of the email notification feature.

    1. Officially you should look into volume licensing…

      Cloning and Image wise it would be fine for a Windows 10 OEM license and Windows 10 install as it will automatically recognise the system as a Windows 10 Device and reactivate it (taking the unique 25 digit product key from the UEFI BIOS in each system).

      What will happen for the Windows 7 install is you will have 9 unactivated windows 7 installs as it thinks you have transferred an OEM license… The product key used in each case will be the generic 25 digit Dell Windows 7 Pro OEM SLP key.

      Unofficially you can use the likes of Macrium Reflect… to make your system image (or your preferred program):
      http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/backing-up-your-windows-installation-using-macrium-reflect/

      To reactivate you can use the ABR program to rearm the Dell OEM System Locked Preinstallation:
      http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/the-activation-backup-and-recovery-program-windows-vista-7-version/

      This will only work if the systems came with Windows 10 Pro OEM and hence have downgrade rights to Windows 7 Pro OEM. It will not work if the systems shipped with Windows 10 Home OEM.

  4. Philip Hi,

    I am texting you here coz I could not login to this Forum below and explain my problem.
    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/t/19666782?pi41097=1
    I have a big problem now. I hope you reply as soon as you see this message. I have googled for one week but to no avail …I have a received a DEll Precision 7510, with 256 GB Samsung P951 NVMe SSD drive and 1TBHDD. IT is core i7 with 6820 Hq processor. The laptop has come with win7 originally installed on it in RAID config mode in BIOS. Now My problem is I have to install Ubuntu on it in dual Boot mode and for that we have to enable the AHCI mode in BIOS, So I decided to make a clean installation of win7 by referring to your guide above of converting USB int bootable media. Now in the BIOS I was able to see the USB detect and give it a higher priority for boot, So I managed to get the windows installer.In the installer I had to download the Samsung SSD driver and upload it during installation from another USB to see the SSD listed in the windows partitions. I could also see the HDD ,So I deleted all the partitions of the SSD and installed win 7 on it. So the windows installed successfully, but after installation, now I want to install all the drivers. I downloaded all the drivers on my second machine and when I plugged in the USB in the newly installed windows, the USB ports do not work. Nor does the Mouse.When I go to the BIOS menu, even there the USB is not detected any more, and I only see two option for the Boot “Windows Boot Manager” and ” NVME SSD”. Now I don’t know what to do. I did make a backup image of the Factory installed windows by following one of your guides on Dell Back up and Recovery, and I even made a bootable USB from that using winimage, but to no avail, the Bootable USB is not listed in the BIOS options. Nor did converting to Legacy boot option work. I also tried F12 and then select USB in the Legacy options but that did not work. Now I am stuck I dont know what to do ..? I need the USB bootable to be detected in BIOS for linux installation and also in win 7 install to install all drivers..Can you please help

    My email is and currently my work is stuck because of this problem. Can you please reply on my mail or either here…I am desperately stuck…!!!!

    Edited to remove personal information.

    1. Seems it listing both a legacy and UEFI BIOS.

      For Windows 7 64 Bit you want to install in GPT and not MBR. SecureBoot should be off, Legacy Roms should be enabled. Leave the SATA Operation as AHCI.

      If you do this can your Windows 7 installation boot? If so try following this guide here. Ignore the part about mounting the drive as read only and instead of recovering data, add the drivers to the C: drive so you can install them:
      http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/data-recovery-using-fedora/

  5. I’m not allowed to make a new file in C: with a back slash ( \ ), or some other characters, so Updates\IE11 isn’t happening for me. I’ll start looking around for a solution but I thought I’d mention it in case it was of any interest? And if you know a way round it I would, of course be interested. If, by the way, I’m doing something ridiculous, or should be doing something, but I’m not, please forgive my ignorance.
    Many thanks.

    1. You cannot add the backslah to a file name, The backslash \ means the file is in a folder. C:\Updates\IE11 for instance means you have an IE11 folder in the Updates folder and in the C: Drive.

      1. I had a nasty feeling I was being thick, thank you for your time, sorry for wasting it…..

  6. It works great but I still got 100 updates to install from windows update after installing a PC from this installation.

  7. Thanks for the great writeup! This is the first slipstream I’ve built, and having the specific list of required KB items and commands all packed in a batch file saved me a ton of time and learning!

    One thing that could be added though, when I downloaded the zip files they got the “blocked” status, and I didn’t notice. Extracting them then created files with the “blocked” status, and then the install command for those failed. I had to right-click each, and click “unblock” before they were usable. If someone wasn’t paying attention to the output of the script they might then end up thinking they created the full slipstream when there was actually a piece missing. To that end, it might be good to add “|| exit \b” to the end of each command in the batch file so that it exits on an error.

    1. Great thanks for letting me know you managed to successfully use the script. I haven’t experienced the blocked status what files were these, the Windows 7 setup files, the updates or the Intel drivers?

  8. Hi Sir,is there possible to update window 7 dell reinstallation iso with this method..?Once i install your installation (win7 dell) still asking for about 800mb of updates..?

  9. Hi. First of all thank you for your sharing.
    Is there a way for example add IE11 et-EE; ru-ru, fi-fi in their respective language Windows versions? Since I’m from Estonia and know Russian and Finnish computer users. This would come in handy to know how to add different than en-US IE11 adding method.

      1. Hi Philip,

        oddly there seems to be no Hyphenation.cab for Estonian language. Is there non? And is it possible to do without the Hyphenation.cab file?

        Thank you for your quick and very helpful addition to your post!

        Have a good Holiday time 🙂

      2. I had a look in more details. It seems it is better to download the standalone installer from Microsoft and use the command prompt to extract it. This will give you all the additional .cab and .msu files. For Estonian there is no separate hyphenation as far as I can tell, doing this with the Czech language gave the additional hyphenation file but the Estonian one didn’t. Still not fully tested but detailed instructions are here:
        http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/ie11/

  10. Hello Philip.
    My laptop is a Dell Latitude E6330 with win7 Pro, and with a bad HD.
    So i got a new Samsung 500 GB disk which i tried to install win7 pro on. First i did try with Dell’s own solution for making a USB installation media, then i made the slipstream media after your instructions but i always get stuck on that the installation program asks for a driver to the cd/dvd palyer. I even tried to install from a original win7 pro dvd 32 bit which is to another laptop i have, then i passed the problem with the dvd driver but got stuck on a missing driver for the HD.

    Are you familiar with the problem? I hope you can point me in the right direction.
    Thank you for a very informative site!
    Mr Jan.

      1. Hello Philip.
        Thank you for a fast reply. I was wrong, the new HD is a Seagate st500LM021 and the size is exatly the same as the original disk.
        i can see the new HD as C: when the installation program asks me for the needed driver so i think the drive is correctly installed in the laptop.

        Yes, i have tried the Dell Skylake Iso but i always end up on the cd/dvd driver issue. I have gone thru the settings in bios and to me it looks like it should perhaps i have missed some point?
        I find it strange that Dells own procedure to make a USB media for installing win 7 not works for me. I had no errors in creating the media with dells recovery tool.

        On youtube there are a coupple of videos showing how to fix the cd/dvd problem but still none have worked for me.
        Best regards.
        Mr Jan

      2. Hello Philip.
        Thank you for a fast reply. My misstake, the new hd is a seagate st500LM021 disk, nothing else. Yes i did try the Skylake iso but with no luck on the needed cd/dvd driver. The new disk is exactly the same size as the original disk and it shows up in the window asking for the driver so i Think it’s properly seated.

        I’ts strange that Dells own OS recovery tool not works for me to make a bootable media to install win7. on a empty hd. I had no errors when making the media or downloading the Iso.

        I guess that the CPU an i5-3380M is also ok for the Skylake iso even if it’s not listen on Dells web as a suitable cpu for that iso?
        I’m soon out of ideas on how to install win 7 pro on that laptop again, no matter what i try i end up in some missing driver. Can it be som bios setting that i forgot to change?
        Hope i don’t doubble post here now, if so i’m sorry. my last reply did wanish somehow…..
        Best regards.
        Mr Jan.

  11. Problem with my Dell Latitude E6330 finally solved!
    After low level format of the new HD and burning a new Skylake DVD with Windows 7 USB DVD download tool from Miscrosoft i finally got win 7 Pro installed. Installing it from a USB-stick is not possible on my laptop. The HD is a 500 GB disk, but when looking on the disk with Acronis i found some strange partitions, one beeing 6,2 TB and another one 7,xx TB and some smaller partitions too.

    Wish you all a happy new year!
    Thank you Philip for this massive source of information!

    Best regards
    Mr Jan.

    1. Strange you have a 6.2 TB partition on a 0.5 TB HDD… I guess Diskpart → Clean All would have helped (giving the drive a wipe before installation).

      Its possible it didn’t like your particular USB flash drive but you got the install done with your DVD.

      Thanks for letting me know you managed to complete your install. Happy New Year too. 🙂

  12. Hi. Happy new year Philip.
    Is there going to be a refresher for 2018 January Rollup of your Slipstream method?

    1. I could do it shouldn’t take long… All I need to do is change a couple of lines.

      The files area of the Microsoft OS Forum where I posted the script are down however I can put it on OneDrive and Google Drive.

  13. As for Estonian IE11 it does not complete the integration. Errors are showing.
    [img]https://i.imgur.com/DRR9IA4.jpg[/img]

    1. That error messages says it cannot access the image and not an error with the additional Estonian .cab files. The install.wim file itself may be corrupted or it may be mounted previously and not closed.

      1. I took out the Driver integration part because different machines seem to have different AHCI and USB 3.0 drivers. Maybe I did something wrong. Is it possible for you to help with a Ie11 + updates only slipstream script?

    2. I had some time to try it myself on a multi-lingual .iso. I got the same errors with the .CAB files individually specified.

  14. The links for 477475_intl_x64_zip.exe and 486575_intl_x64_zip.exe don’t work.
    Could you please provide alternative links if possible.

      1. I used “64 Bit Jan 2018 All (English) Script.bat”.
        Followed your guide to the letter and the process completed without an error.
        I repeated the process five times on two computers always using exactly the same Drivers, Updates and Win7 folders.
        The problem is the size of boot.wim and install.wim in the resulted media is different.
        Here are my five results:
        boot.wim – 170608, 170603, 170608, 170608,170607 install.wim – 4236392, 4236093, 4236331, 4236141, 4237101
        Any ideas?
        Could you please try yourself for the experiment sake?
        Thank you

  15. Hi Philip, great guides and thank you very much for providing and updating them. A question about f6flpy-x64…. is there a reason you’ve linked to version 15.2.0.1020 when the latest version is 16.0.2.1086 (released 21 Feb 2018)? Would you recommend including the latest drivers? Thanks

  16. Hi Philip, great guide. When I commit changes to the install.wim, the file size is over 4GB, so cannot be copied back to the bootable USB sources folder (fat32 filesystem has file size limit of 4GB) Do you have any suggestions to deal with this? Thanks.

    1. When making your Bootable USB use the GPT Partition Scheme and the NTFS file format. Windows 7 64 Bit does not support Secure Boot and without Secure Boot Enabled a Bootable USB setup this way will Boot.

  17. Phillip. Thank you for all the effort you put in here. I am trying to install Windows 7 Pro x86 on a new Dell inspiron. Thought I followed all steps but still lose keyboard and mouse as soon as the Windows 7 “Install Windows” screen comes up.
    Any idea where I went wrong? I started with the Win7_Pro_SP1_English_COEM_x32 ISO file.

    1. How “new” is “new” and what model of Inspiron? Windows 7 only has driver support for up to 6th Generation Intel Hardware. It will not install on newer hardware.

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