Yes I must agree that the IRST GUI in version 18.104.22.1680PV will not start in Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit.
Of course, I don't have the 22.214.171.1242 OROM that is paired with this version of IRST, but who does?
Doesn't seem to be part of the latest BIOS updates for Intel Z77 mother boards, which are still on OROM 126.96.36.1997, or earlier.
Before installing this application or requesting technical support from Intel, first contact your system manufacturer. They typically provide software which is specifically configured for your system.
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Yes we all know about the disclaimer and contact your system manufacturer (which would be me) unless you mean the Motherboard manufacturer to which they list 10.6.0.1002 for P55 yet works fine on 10.8.0.1003 and as for the P965 the manufacturer of the Motherboard lists 188.8.131.527 yet works fine with 184.108.40.2060.
This problem could likely happen on the newest Intel chipset to which Motherboard manufacturer will expect the newest drivers from Intel to work and if it doesn’t it will get fixed. Now the drivers in 220.127.116.110 seem to work because if they didn’t my system would have crashed so it just the RST application not working which maybe a indirect result of the drivers in how the RST application runs and loads like in the registry for iaStorF under Enum where it lists my two RAID's and two HDD and ODD yet why should it list the HDD and ODD when they are not even on Intel ports? Maybe thats the problem?
Peter, that might be due to Windows having some control over the registry, although I agree that is odd.
Although I'm not using an Intel mother board, I am using a Z77 board, and this driver is listed for Intel's Z77 boards. The Release Notes states it needs MS .NET Framework 3.0, 3.5, or 4.5 installed when you install this version of IRST. To quote " in order for the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology User Interface to install." I had 4.0, so installed an earlier version of IRST, installed .NET Framework 4.5, and installed 18.104.22.1680 again. Same result, the Window GUI fails. It obviously installs (partially?), but the Windows hidden Icon for IRST shows it endlessly in the "starting" state, and the entry in Control Panel to start the GUI also fails the same way. Perhaps a confused registry entry is causing this (unrelated to what you noticed Peter... hmm, I wonder...)
My board has a 11.2 Option ROM, although the Release Notes states: "The Intel® Rapid Storage Technology driver and user interface version of this release is 22.214.171.1240 and the RST OROM/UEFI version is 126.96.36.1992". As I said, I don't see how even Intel mother boards have that OROM installed, I was lucky that my boards manufacture updated to a 11.2 OROM.
(No offense IRST developers) It is worth skimming the release notes, if only to see all the "Resolved Issues", as well as issues that remain. I noticed a couple that might be what some people in other manufactures forums are experiencing with their SSDs, for example.
Again no offense, but contacting my "system manufacture" (me... Ok, my mother board manufacture) would result in at best, "use IRST 188.8.131.526". Yeah but come on, that's what I should do...
I posted about this issue in a different forum, and a member posted a picture of a working 184.108.40.2060 Windows GUI. Still waiting to see his detailed system specs, but apparently it does work for some people.
I have my SATA mode set to RAID, with one RAID 0 volume of SSDs, and several other drives connected, but only the one RAID volume. Using the UEFI/BIOS from the manufacture, with no hacked OROMs added. I've used many version of IRST on the affected PC, but this is the first one I've had an issue with. As I said, I've installed it twice with the same result. Did I download again the second time, hmm...
Ok, I have the IRST Windows GUI working fine on a Z77 board. I'm not exactly sure what did the trick, besides reading the Readme file displayed during the driver installation, and going back to make sure I was set up correctly.
The OS support is limited for this version, and consists of:
Microsoft Windows 7*
Microsoft Windows 7* x64-bit Edition**
Microsoft Windows 8*
Microsoft Windows 8* x64-bit Edition**
Microsoft Windows Server* 2008
Microsoft Windows Server* 2008 x64-bit Edition**
Microsoft Windows Media Center* Edition
Yes, that is all, check the Readme if you like. That list of OS support is also in the Release notes. Then again, the list of supported processors seems strange, so who knows. The list of supported SATA RAID controllers is short, and the supported list of supported AHCI controllers goes back to ICH7R.
Then the "Intel(R) Chipset Software Installation Utility" must be installed, which is the .inf files, and a few others mixed in there. That is really a given for anyone using an Intel chipset board, so nothing special. If you haven't updated it in a while, that might be the problem.
The Release notes mentions the .Net Framework versions needed, that I listed earlier, which is not stated in the Readme.
I may narrow down what I have wrong on my other Z77 board PC, when I get around to doing it... May I say that newer is not always better, since IMO IRST 10.8.0.1003 on my P67 chipset board is very fast, and I don't yet know if this new version is "better".
Antonio, when you say it detects all HDDs as RAID, do you mean as SCSI devices (which may be displayed in Windows as RAID in your native language I'm guessing)? Otherwise, I don't understand what you mean.
I have a Z68 board and have been running v220.127.116.116 but in hopes of fixing this problem I tried to update to v18.104.22.1680 and discovered it causes the system to hang at the "Starting Windows" screen at the post-install reboot. The only fix to this that I have found is to revert to the most recent restore point that predates the v22.214.171.1240 installation. I too think that this update is not yet ready for prime-time distribution.
System is 64-bit Windows 7 Enterprise with an Intel Core i7 2600K (all stock settings) on a MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 motherboard (MS-7672) with v17.5 BIOS and 16Gb of dual-channel DDR3 memory.
HDD is a WD Caviar Black WDBAAZ0020HNC-NRSN 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA