06-12-2017 07:56 AM - edited 06-12-2017 07:58 AM
My largest concern is that I can't get the BIOS updated. I keep reading that I need to update the BIOS before this whole process will work. I don't know that to be true considering the OS was put on the harddrive in the first place, but yeah...
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
06-12-2017 08:41 AM
To be able to deploy W7 to an NVMe drive, you will need to patch your .WIM files with the MSU from MS. It is hotfix 2990941. We have written a blog post on this and it can be found here.
By default, the BIOS on Skylake and Kabylake hardware, including this AMD box as it is part of our latest hardware release, will support NVMe drives in UEFI BIOS. Legacy BIOS on SKylake hardware will require an update. KabyLake hardware and should be ready for the legacy. In reading the readme for the BIOS on the M715q, I do believe that yours should already be good to go with applying W7 to NVMe under legacy.
06-12-2017 10:32 AM
I have injected the AMD USB 3 drivers, as well as the msu file from the hotfix into my boot.wim and install.wim files. I have USB support in WinPE, but still cannot detect a drive to install to. All driver/update injections suceed without errors. I've tried booting into WinPE and changinge the USB drive to a different port and Rescanning as well.
The machine has a copy of Windows 10 on it currently, and that works. This is when Boot Mode is set to Auto. When I set the Boot Mode to Legacy only, I can boot to the thumbdrive (but not detecting a hard drive to install to) and from hard drive itself. When I switch to UEFI only mode (with CSM enabled), I cannot boot from any device. Hitting F12 during boot so I can choose my boot device results in zero available boot devices. I'm concerned I have a BIOS setting that I'm missing.
06-12-2017 12:18 PM
I enabled the IPV4 and 6 network stacks. When I attempt to boot, no devices are available in the boot device manager. The drive with Windows 10 on it does not appear, and neither does the Win7 install disk or bootable BIOS flash disk I created. The only selection I have availabe is to enter setup. This is in UEFI only mode with CSM enabled.
06-14-2017 10:24 AM
06-15-2017 11:28 AM - edited 06-15-2017 11:28 AM
A few questions and points of clarity:
07-14-2017 12:37 PM
*Attempted to install a BIOS update for the specific model mentioned above which should enable booting to NVMe storage without being set in UEFI boot mode. This BIOS update failed to complete. When running from Windows, the updated begins and will reboot to start the install but the system never recovers. Screen goes dark and that is it. When performing the update from USB stick, again the update begins but reboots and never recovers.
I am having this exact same issue. I can't upgrade the BIOS. I've worked with support and they thought it was a system board issue. This was a brand new machine, so I had them send me a new one. Same thing with the new one. Two m715q tiny PCs and both doing the same thing. It just hangs at the black screen when trying to reboot after installing the BIOS update. If you look at the system log in the BIOS it says update installed, but it doesn't have the new version. I thought maybe it was the version trying to be installed, but now they just released M11KT33A and it doesn't work either. Its good to see I am not the only one. Did you resolve this issue at all?
07-17-2017 06:47 AM
I found the solution to this issue:
Looks like support has acknowledge it as a problem and has provided a file for a fix. I followed their instructions and it worked. It looks like this was released 7/9/17. What is unfortunate is that I've spoken to support since this was relased and they were working on replacing the system board instead. I wish they would all know about these fixes. I only found this one after doing a very specific google search. Hopefully this helps the OP and others.