[MinnowBoard] Windows 7?

Rouzanov, Ivan ivan.rouzanov at intel.com
Thu Jan 8 18:36:46 UTC 2015


MinnowBoard MAX uses Class 3 UEFI Firmware and Windows 7 requires Class 2 to work, using Windows 7 on Class 3 UEFI is not supported and does not work since Int10 BIOS services are not available (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh824898.aspx). In addition, all device drivers were only tested in Windows 8.1 environment and many of them do rely on Windows 8.1 APIs and infrastructure and will not load on older OS. For SoC components, such as GPIO, I2C, etc.,  infrastructure to support PnP (for resource discovery and arbitration) and Power management, was added in Windows 8, so corresponding drivers for Intel SoCs were targeted for Windows 8 and newer operating systems. Without drivers, even if OS boots (which would require Class 2 UEFI Firmware), the board is not very useful.
I hope this explains it. But let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Ivan Rouzanov.

-----Original Message-----
From: Darren Hart [mailto:dvhart at linux.intel.com] 
Sent: Thursday, January 8, 2015 10:29 AM
To: MinnowBoard Development and Community Discussion
Cc: Rouzanov, Ivan; John Roach
Subject: Re: [MinnowBoard] Windows 7?

Ivan, could you shed some light on this for John?


Darren Hart
Intel Open Source Technology Center

On 1/7/15, 9:43 PM, "John Roach" <john.roach at minlog.com.au> wrote:

>G'Day All,
>Has anyone managed to get Windows 7 running on the MinnowBoard?  I
>have gotten Windows 8.1 to work following the instructions on the
>Microsoft site, but have had no luck with Windows 7.
>I have used the instructions here
>to create a bootable USB from a Windows 7 x64 DVD but it hangs during
>install start (the spinning colour windows logo freezes).  We got the
>same result with the Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 x64 IBW DVD.  We
>get a 'cannot find winload.wim' error from a USB created from a
>Windows 7 x86/x64 DVD.
>Anybody got any ideas?
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