Install Windows 7* on Computers with USB 3.0

Last Reviewed: 19-Dec-2017
Article ID: 000017241

If you've tried to install Windows 7* using a USB flash drive on an Intel® NUC with only USB 3.0 ports, you might find that you can't get past the Language Select screen. The USB keyboard and mouse don't respond, so you're unable to select your preferred language.

This happens because the Windows 7 installer doesn't have a built-in driver for USB 3.0—it supports only USB 2.0 devices. Microsoft has ended mainstream support for Windows 7, so it's unlikely that the installer will be updated to include USB 3.0 drivers.

Intel has developed the Windows 7 USB 3.0 Creator Utility to automate the process of manually adding USB 3.0 drivers into a Windows 7 installation image.

The Readme for the utility includes:

  • Instructions on using the utility
  • Instructions for alternative methods of updating an image to include USB 3.0 drivers (DISM GUI and DSM Command Line
Note The Windows 7 ISO image should be written to your USB flash drive via UEFI. See the instructions in the Windows 7 UEFI Image Creation guide.