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Ryzen & Windows 7

Discussion in 'Processors and motherboards AMD' started by testcy, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. testcy

    testcy Master Guru

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    While looking for a motherboard I found that Raven Ridge supports Windows 10 only. Does this mean that Windows 7 is not supported? If I am correct Raven Ridge is every Ryzen with graphics. Does this also mean that every Ryzen without graphics (Summit Ridge and Pinnacle Ridge) supports Windows 7? What about Raven Ridge with graphics disabled? Does it still support Windows 10 only?
     
  2. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    Microsoft stopped adding support for new processors to Windows 7 a few years ago.

    No socket AM4 or TR4 based processor is officially supported in Windows 7. The iGPU makes no difference in support. Microsoft publicly announced that they would not add support for Ryzen (or any other Zen based processor) to Windows 7.

    On Intel side, Skylake and newer lack official support in Windows 7.
     
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    What about unofficial support?
     
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    Ryzen works with Win7, the problem is installing the USB 3 drivers, but if you have a PS-2 jack for mouse and use on screen keyboard to navigate then you can install without injecting drivers to the Windows image. And as far as Micro's security updates for Win7 & Ryzen that are blocked but there is a patch out there for a workaround to get the security updates.I don't see Micro countering this because 7 will be over in 2020 anyway. I am using Win7 with my 2700X right now but have the ASUS CHVII x470 and it has PS-2 jack. I'm assuming this is the question about support of Win7 working not whether Micro will help with problems with OS support. I highly doubt that Ryzen 3000 and new X570 chipset will allow it this time though.
     

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    Microsoft is not going to stop you from trying it. They also won't help get it working. Neither will AMD. If something doesn't work, you either find a way to make it work or do without it. This is Microsoft's way of trying to force people onto Windows 10.
     
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    I did it with a couple 1st gen ryzen boxes. It is not impossible, but drivers will be a bit tricky. Hit it with samdrivers and go from there. Probably won't ever run like you expect it to without modern os and software. There is a nag screen you will have to deal with once you get it updated.....but can be turned off easily enough.
     
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    Threadripper behaves better under 7 than it does 10, which is funny.
     
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    Ryzen works fine on Windows 7. I run Windows 7 64 bit, and have an R7 2700X. Just be aware that you have to do a couple of steps to make it work, and in the correct order. Number one, when you first install Windows, if you attempt to go to Windows Update for the first time without putting the patch in first, you will discover that it will continue to say "searching for updates" for hours on end. This is being done by Microsoft on purpose. Microsoft is trying to stop people from using Windows 7, and they are doing this by attempting to stop you from getting the updates. There is an easy way around this. For this, you install this patch below first, as soon as you get on your desktop, and before you use Windows Update. It is KB3102810-x64 at the link. I repeat, do not go to Windows Update yet when you first get on your desktop after installing Windows. If you do this, you will end up never being able to get Windows Updates ever. As soon as you install Windows, and get to your desktop, Install this update below first.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=49540

    Install this, and then reboot. After rebooting, now go to Windows Update. You will now find that when you go to Windows Update, it will discover the updates. Download, and install all the updates, and then reboot. Now, go back to Windows Update to attempt to get the next set of updates. You will now discover that after you have updated Windows partially by installing the entire first set of updates that Microsoft will now claim that your Ryzen hardware is not supported. At this point, you now install this at the link below. After this, reboot the computer again.

    https://github.com/zeffy/wufuc

    Now, when you go back to Windows Update, all the other updates will now be available.
     
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    Also, you need to have Windows 7 on a thumb drive with the added in USB 3.0 drivers for your Windows install. Asus and Gigabyte both offer a tool that you can use to add the USB 3.0 drivers to your Windows ISO. If you do not add these USB 3.0 drivers, your keyboard and mouse will not work during your install of Windows. You can pick either one at the links below.

    https://www.asus.com/supportonly/EZ Installer/HelpDesk_Download/

    download.gigabyte.eu/FileList/Utility/mb_utility_windowsimagetool_B18.0213.1.zip

    They are both easy to use, and if you have trouble, you can find videos on youtube showing how to use them.
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019

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