How to Install Microsoft Windows* 7 on a PCIe* NVMe Intel® SSD

Last Reviewed: 20-Feb-2018
Article ID: 000023888

The Windows 8.1* and Windows® 10 operating systems offer native support for the PCIe NVMe interface.

For the Windows 7* operating system, a Windows update added this native support at a later time. As a result, the Windows 7 installation does not detect the SSD unless this update is made.

The videos below describe how to enable an Intel® SSD with a PCIe NVMe interface to install Windows 7. It might be helpful to have the Installation Guide open as you watch the videos so you can easily reference the command lines you may need. The Installation Guide also thoroughly describes these methods.

Method 1

  1. Create a Windows 7 installer to a USB flash drive or rewriteable DVD media.
  2. Update the Windows 7 installation file with DISM commands.
  3. Replace the Windows 10 files with the files in Windows 10 ISO.

Method 2

  1. Configure your BIOS to CSM.
  2. Inject USB drivers into the Windows 7 ISO image.
  3. Copy over the ISO images and downloaded RST driver files into a USB installation key.
  4. Boot the Windows operating system using the SSD.
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