The Windows 7 RTM distribution doesn’t support USB 3.0 out-of-the-box, và you can encounter some problems with the installation of Windows 7 on a computer/laptop having USB 3.0 ports only (most modern devices released after 2015 have sầu only USB3 ports). For example, USB keyboard and mouse may not work in Windows 7 Setup wizard, or the installer may require lớn load drivers for your CD/DVD drive:
A required CD/DVD drive sầu device driver is missing. If you have a driver’s floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.Note: If the Windows installation truyền thông media is in the CD/DVD drive, you can safely remove it for this step.

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Accordingly, you cannot install Windows 7 (or Windows Server 2008 R2) from a USB drive khổng lồ a computer on which all peripheral devices are connected via USB 3.0 ports.


The Enhanced Host Controller Interface is not supported in the Intel chipsets starting from 100 và 200 series (B150, H110, H170, Q150, Q170, Z170, Intel Apollo Lake), similar AMD chipsets and chipsets from other vendors. Therefore USB 3.0 ports are simply not detected by the Windows 7 installer.

To install Windows 7 correctly on some computer models, you can disable USB 3.0 mode in BIOS settings by switching to USB 2.0 compatibility mode (Legacy USB 2.0). In all other cases, you will have sầu khổng lồ modify Windows 7 install distro và integrate USB 3.0 drivers for your motherboard chipset to the boot và install WIM images.


Some motherboard vendors released special tools to integrate their USB drivers into lớn your Windows 7 installation image. For example, ASRoông chồng (Win 7 USB Patcher), MSI (MSI Smart Tool), Hãng Intel (Windows USB Installation Tool for Windows 7), Gigabyte (Windows USB Installation Tool) và etc. But in this article we will show you how khổng lồ manually integrate USB drivers into lớn the Windows 7 Install image without using third-các buổi party utilities.

All the operations of modifying of the Windows 7 ISO image, described below, are performed on a computer running Windows 10.

Next, you need khổng lồ update the Windows 7 install image (it may be an ISO tệp tin or a ready image copied lớn the installation USB stick). You’ll need two WIM files lớn be copied khổng lồ the c: mp directory from the Windows 7 ISO image or the installation disk:

sourcesoot.wim – WinPE boot image used to lớn install Windows on your device;sourcesinstall.wim – Windows 7 image that will be installed on your computer.

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Run a command prompt with the administrator privileges, và use the DISM tool to lớn mount WinPE boot image (boot.wim) & integrate the USB 3.0 drivers into it:

dism /mount-wyên ổn /wimfile:c: mpoot.wim /index:2 /mountdir:c: mpmountdism /image:c: mpmount /add-driver:"c: mpusb3" /recurse

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The following message indicates that the specified USB3 driver was successfully added to lớn the boot.wlặng image of the Windows 7 installation environment:


Installing 1 of 6 — c: mpusb3DriversHCSwitchx64iusb3hcs.inf: The driver package was successfully installed.

Save sầu the changes in the image & unmount the boot.wlặng tệp tin (lớn avoid DISM errors, make sure that you closed all File Explorer windows and the tệp tin managers, which has the c: mpmount directory open):

dism /unmount-wlặng /mountdir:c: mpmount /commitdism /cleanup-wim

Similarly, you need to lớn update the operating system installation image in the install.wim tệp tin. Here the main difference is that the install.wyên image can contain several Windows 7 editions with different indexes. So, you will have lớn add drivers lớn that Windows edition you are going khổng lồ install (or to all available Windows 7 editions in turn).

You can list the available Windows 7 editions in the install.wyên ổn image as follows:

dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:c: mpinstall.wim

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In our example, there are 4 different Windows editions in the install.wyên ổn image. We’ll add the USB 3.0 driver to Windows 7 PROFESSIONAL with the index 3 (this number will be used to address the edition using DISM).

Then add the USB 3.0 drivers to lớn the Windows image lượt thích we did it above:

dism /mount-wyên ổn /wimfile:c: mpinstall.wim /index:3 /mountdir:c: mpmountdism /image:c: mpmount /add-driver:"c: mpusb3" /recursedism /unmount-wyên ổn /mountdir:c: mpmount /commitdism /cleanup-wim


You can also integrate the lademo security updates inlớn your Windows installation image using DISM.

It remains khổng lồ replace the updated install.wlặng và boot.wyên ổn files on the installation USB flash drive sầu or update the ISO file, và you can use this image to install Windows 7 on computers with a USB 3.0 controller.


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RichJune 6, 2017 - 10:57 pm

Great article. Just followed khổng lồ merge USB3.0 drivers into lớn ISO for a Dell 7480. Worked a treat.Many thanks.


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JustinApril 11, 2018 - 8:44 am

Brilliant article. Easy to follow. Got the USB mouse & Keyboard working on a HP. Elitedesk G3 Mini.Thank you


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AndrewSeptember trăng tròn, 2018 - 7:22 am

Hell ya it ended up working for m on my custom PC. decided to lớn install after windows 10 blue screened me. right? wtf i did realize i needed lớn copy the .wyên files from the tmp folders in C lớn the usb drive sầu và replace the old ones with the new ones after that it worked! wireless mouse và keyboard no problem. 2 days trying khổng lồ fix all this và now i can get bachồng to gaming