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Need help installing Win 7 64bit on SSD using GPT

post #1 of 8
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Hi,

i tried to search overclock.net and google for the answer, but wasn't able to find a solution and had difficulty posing the question in search.

I just got my Vertex 3 120GB SSD. I read and re-read Sean's guide on installing Windows 7 on SSD. I have installed windows many times in the past and consider myself pretty knowledgeable. But this is my first time trying to set up and install Windows 7 on GPT system.

I have the P8P67-M Pro motherboard B3 Revision and it does have the UEFI bios. I followed Sean's instructions on creating a USB Windows 7 Setup. But when I try to boot by selecting the UEFI option for my USB drive, it gives me an error message before it loads into Windows 7 setup (where you select your language). The error I get is stating that it cannot find the file winload.efi?

If I load the Windows 7 setup from usb without the UEFI, then it'll load and I can even go to the extent of launching disk part and create the partitions etc. but when I try to proceed with the installation, it cannot find any of my drives and asks to load drivers. I even tried loading the drivers but it wouldn't let me...

So I don't know what I am doing wrong that is preventing me from installing Windows 7 on GPT partition. I have had issues in the past with other SSD installations where when attempting to load the setup, it cannot find any of the drives for some reason...I am guessing its because it needs drivers but it wont even accept the drivers I attempt to load. And I remember with my older SSD Corsair Force GT, I just did a regular install by running the set up off my old hard drive directly from Windows. So I just ran the set up from there and it would detect the drive and let me format etc.

If I run setup from within Windows, I can see the drive but ofcourse because its a GPT style partition, it wont let me. This may just be a waste of time, if I should just do the setup on a regular MBR install can someone tell me whats the best way to change what i've done with the partitions etc. for GPT style set up?

Thanks for the help and suggestions!
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post #2 of 8
can you try using a DVD? it is easier that way.

Also, you are messing up a step with the USB. Just saying. If you want I can teamviewer with you and set it up myself for you.
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thank u for the quick response Sean. unfortunately I cannot use the disc because I do not have a dvd drive...yeaaaaa I know frown.gif its cuz this motherboard doesn't have IDE hahaha. So I gotta get a new one...but I'd prefer being able to do it on USB. Discs are so yesterday! rolleyes.gif ahaha which step am I messing up on? sure I don't mind using teamviewer to set it up, that would be really appreciated smile.gif.
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Ok, pm'd smile.gif
post #5 of 8
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Thanks Sean! that worked great, I got Windows 7 Installed and so far everything is working out perfectly smile.gif. So other than the difference in the copy of Windows ISO that I downloaded...I noticed that if I run the setup using my USB 3.0 ports, it will give me the message that I need to load drivers to continue with the setup. I guess what the Windows 7 Setup was looking for was USB 3.0 drivers...lol. I thought it was looking for the S-ATA drivers and thats why it couldn't find any drivers. Regardless, I just ran the setup using USB 2.0 ports and all is great.
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post #6 of 8
Sweet! I need to try installing via UBS 3.0 now lol, maybe I can get it working,
post #7 of 8
Out of interest, what was the step he skipped?

I've also followed your guide (thanks!) but am having the exact same problem. I re-traced all my steps, but can't find anything I've missed and am getting the same error message about winload.efi.

All advice appreciated!
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For me the issue was because of 2 things I believe...1 issue was that when I was initially trying to install, my usb drive was in a usb 3.0 port. So everytime I would try to boot, it would take me to the setup screen where once you would get to the step to select the drive to install Windows on, it would start asking for drivers. Initially I thought it wanted the drivers to the SATA controller, but later I realized it was actually looking for USB3.0 drivers.

The other issue was that the copy of Windows I had downloaded was probably ripped, so it didn't have all the content required for a GPT install. So you may have to download an original iso, like I did, from ... can't put the link up, was told to remove it lol but you can google it.

I hope we don't have rules against links? so the steps I followed were fine, its just that I was initially installing using usb3 ports AND that the ISO file I had didn't have all the files required for GPT install.
Edited by fayzaan - 11/24/11 at 1:51pm
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