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How to install Windows 7 x64bit on Intel Z390 motherboards ?

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Good evening gents , anyone have windows 7 USB drivers for Z390 motherboards ? I have spent the last 3 days trying to install windows 7 x64bit on my Asus Maximus XI Hero Z390 , until today that i finally manage to get a very old PS2 mouse and PS2 keyboard and was able to transplant a Z370 windows 7 installation to my Z390 MXIHero. The PS2 mouse works flawlessly but the PS2 keyboard it's kind of wonky , sometimes it will be detected and sometimes it will not :/ . But at least i am able to run windows 7 on the new Intel Z390 chipset.  i'm restricted to using either a PS2 mouse or a PS2 keyboard because there is only one PS2 conector at the back of the Asus MXI Hero Z390. So for screenies and saved files i will have to use a spare HDD to transfer those files for later submissions as i do not have USB ports working for my flash drives 😑

 The only thing that is not working on the Z390 mobo is the USB ports :( , not a single usb 2.0 -3.0 - 3.1 works on the motherboard , i have tried all kinds of usb drivers and so far none works on this Z390 boards , everything else installs correctly. Please if you have found some windows 7 USB drivers for Z390 post here or a fix , i and a lot of people would appreciate the help.

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Images with USB drivers that worked on Z370 worked fine for me.
Asmedia drivers can be found here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ltfcr01cwi9orbf/ASM_USB3.rar?dl=0

You can of course drop it in your drive and then install it with ps2 keyboard/mouse from device manager.
Note you might need to install it two times. 1st time for  the usb controller then an "unknown device" might appear that needs the same procedure.

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4 hours ago, FireKillerGR said:

Images with USB drivers that worked on Z370 worked fine for me.
Asmedia drivers can be found here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ltfcr01cwi9orbf/ASM_USB3.rar?dl=0

You can of course drop it in your drive and then install it with ps2 keyboard/mouse from device manager.
Note you might need to install it two times. 1st time for  the usb controller then an "unknown device" might appear that needs the same procedure.

Thank you so much for the help but is not working on my w7 :( , i tried thru device manager and none won't install. Windows cannot find a compatible driver is all i says. I'm pulling my hair out.

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you should have 2x USB devices listed with one being able to install the drivers (at least thats how it is for Gene). 
Are you sure you dont have the asmedia usb controller disabled?

edit: I am not sure if Hero has the asmedia usb controller after all. If not you can always pass all the needed files to the drive via usb to sata from another pc or use a pcie usb card

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4 hours ago, FireKillerGR said:

you should have 2x USB devices listed with one being able to install the drivers (at least thats how it is for Gene). 
Are you sure you dont have the asmedia usb controller disabled?

edit: I am not sure if Hero has the asmedia usb controller after all. If not you can always pass all the needed files to the drive via usb to sata from another pc or use a pcie usb card

Correct 100% the Asus Maximus XI Hero Z390 does not have asmedia usb controller , it is all integrated into the new chipset Z390 hence why the previous Z370 drivers do not work , it's all new Intel usb controller :( with no W7 drivers for it , only w10 is supported. No biggie i will buy a pcie usb card , meanwhile i will be using the PS2 conector to bench on W7. Thank you so much for trying to help my friend , appreciate it. A big thank you :) ! 

Dang no more xp support for superpi , no more support for W7 , at this rate by next year we all going to be benching only on W10 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This is what it looks like in windows 10 with all the usb drivers installed:

 

 

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That’s why Mocf z170 became a Legend .

Everything for 4 generations works on it ,and works well.

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Here it's a guide to help you guys out installing windows 7 x64bit on Asus Maximus XI Z390 Series motherboards ( Might work on other mobos as well with a PS2 port or Asmedia usb ports ).

 I manage to get windows 7 x64bit correctly installed and fully working on my Asus Maximus XI Hero Z390 , it's a painful slow process but it works 100% for me. You will need a pci-e to usb expansion card with at least 2 usb ports , a native PS2 mouse and a native PS2 keyboard. You will need to use some software to do this = ASUS EZ Installer ( download from the Asus Strix Z370 support page ) - https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/ROG-STRIX-Z370-F-GAMING/HelpDesk_Download/ , Gigabyte Windows USB Installation Tool ( download from the Gigabyte Aorus Ultra gaming Z370 support page ) - https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/Z370-AORUS-ULTRA-GAMING-20-OP-rev-10#support-dl-utility follow the instructions on this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APcboOpP4TY and this https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=385&v=8VTC4k6SLWY. A windows 7 x64bit usb installation flash drive , Rufus = https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html. ** Follow the videos and also you need to inject those asus drivers , eg. you need to use both utilities Gigabyte and Asus to inject all the drivers to be able to install windows 7.

 After you finally install windows 7 , install the drivers for your pci-e to usb expansion card with your PS2 mouse after you drop them inside your windows 7 installation from other OS drive  and that's it :) a fully working windows 7 x64bit , now you can use those 2 usb ports to use your usb keyboard and usb mouse * Go rip some benchmarks on windows 7 for hwbot :)

 Important note * The usb ports of the Z390 motherboards do not have windows 7 support eg. No drivers exist for windows 7 , only windows 10 as this is a brand new chipset with all the usb included on that new intel Z390 chipset , blame microsoft and Intel for this end of support of windows 7.
 

 

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You know you can make an acronis backup and post it over here,like this everyone can install that windows fully working in less than a minute.

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3 hours ago, suzuki said:

You know you can make an acronis backup and post it over here,like this everyone can install that windows fully working in less than a minute.

I would like to do that but i'm certain it won't work because you will need the exact same pcie to usb expansion card , hence everyone needs to install the correct drivers for their usb expansion card. And my OS already have my legit W7 key installed on it on my Acronis back up image that i made for future re-installations.

 

This is the cheap pci-e to usb expansion card that i'm using on my windows 7 install  -

 

 

 

 

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Oh damn ,i misunderstood from your post,when you sayd those 2 Usb i was thinking you meant the ones from the mobo . Yeah ,painfull process but nice workaround !

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3 hours ago, suzuki said:

Oh damn ,i misunderstood from your post,when you sayd those 2 Usb i was thinking you meant the ones from the mobo . Yeah ,painfull process but nice workaround !

Exactly my friend :)

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There aren't very many USB manufacturers though, an image with integrated Asmedia, NEC/Renesas and VIA drivers would do the trick.  They all tend to use unified driver packages (per manuf).

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But if you have PS2 mouse and ekyboard, no needed USB :), right? The results I can download to connect SSD to another PC after benching time.

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