Windows 7 installation missing in additional to USB3 support, also support for NVMe drive (Intel 600 is a NVMe).
Follow this procedure:
1. Download Intel driver for NVMe SSD from the following link:
3. Copy this NVMe Driver directory to your USB stick with WIN7 installation.
4. During Win 7 installation, while windows will inform you that the driver is missing, browse to the Intel NVMe Driver directory, windows will install the NVMe driver.
5. Continue with installation.
Let me know if these drivers actually work for you. They appear to be a modified version of the drivers for the Intel P3700/P3600/P3500/750 Series NVMe drives - which I had previously found didn't result in the Intel 600p NVMe drives being recognized...
I tried that modified NVMe driver first too, and a bunch of other drivers and packages but nothing worked (I injected a lot of stuff into boot.wim and install.wim but nothing worked in the end).
However, I was able to get the setup recognize the M.2 drive like this: I got a new Windows 7 .ISO with all updates. That automatically had USB 3 and M.2 working without any alterations.
BUT. After the setup went complete, the loading procedure BSODs. When verifying at Safe Mode, it is disk.sys that gives blue screen and I can't get past that. I have to continue investigating. I did try to install Windows 10 instead just to see if everything (hardware) works ok with that and yes it did. So if anyone has an idea how to actually get Windows 7 load properly with NUC6i5SYK on a M.2 drive, that'd be excellent. The .ISO offered at Easy Windows 7 install on ANY NUC? didn't work for me (hard drive not recognized).
Hello jimhoyle ,
I suspect that you have misunderstood my instructions. The Directory with the drivers shall be copied to your installation root directory rather than be "injected" into boot.wim and install.wim. Once during Win 7 installation you are asked "Where do you want to install windows?, you shall press "Load driver" and than you shall browse to the NVMe driver directory on USB stick.
Please refer here to similar problem: Drive not shown/found on first Windows 7 Installation , here this solution worked. It worked for me, while I have installed Win 7 on my NUC.
I've given you link for an Intel driver. In the above mentioned case, I've given link to Samsung NVMe driver, even that Intel driver was in use by ArcticRobin . You can try both drivers.
As far as I understand, the trick in previous message's thread is the Samsung NVMe driver. However, I already tried Samsung, Intel, modified Intel, Toshiba etc. drivers through the "Load driver" button during the setup. None of these drivers resulted in my Intel 600p M.2 drive being recognized.
lw1948, what drive and what NUC model can you confirm working in your case?
It looks to me like Intel is simply not supporting the use of the 600p drives with Windows 7. I also went through this; I tried everything; eventually (after a week of trying), I gave up and returned the drive (and purchased a Toshiba drive instead).
Ok, thank you all. I bought Intel 600p as I assumed at least that should be compatible with Intel NUC on Windows 7. That didn't go very well. Scott, I feel sorry for you for wasting your time too. (I guess I have to live with Windows 10 for now.)