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[GUIDES] Windows COMPLETE "How To": Clean/Upgrade Install, Drivers

Gps3dx
Level 12
ALL IS WIP - I NEED TO MOVE ALOT OF STUFF AROUND !!!
How to install windows 8/8.1/10 on any UEFI & AHCI supported laptop
( E.I G751, G771, G551 GL552 etc) the PROPER way

I.E: on a GPT formatted disk, booted with UEFI

*** G752 owner ?? ***
*** Do you wish to use RAID and/or NVME ? ***

* Read also these specific installation guide Here and Here *


The "why should I bother" ?

you've got ROG Laptop, best in the market, fitted with UEFI, "the newest form of BIOS". ( READ MORE HERE )
No reason to work with OS that is installed on a MBR formatted drive that's running on a BIOS emulated machine (like some preinstalled windows), if you wish the fastest laptop, OS & applications !

OS on a GPT formatted disk, booted with UEFI, is BETTER THEN MBR & BIOS !
Why ?

  • Way Faster OS boot (I.E POST), with NO blinking underscore !
  • Better (auto) chances to recover info from bad/damaged sector/block !
    (Partition table is redundantly stored, checked using CRC)
  • No 2TiB limit on HDD size
  • and MORE: READ MORE HERE & HERE


The "which OS should I choose" ?

In my opinion win 10 is faster in desktop/office work ( gaming: depends ) but the down side is the privacy headache.
There are multiple scripts you MUST run, if you care about your own privacy! (see few post below,WIP!)
Win8.1 is a bit slower in desktop/office use, but does NOT have such privacy "spying" as win 10.
Any way you choose, you MUST install it on a GPT formatted drive, and MUST boot the OS installation disk/usb through a "special" boot method ( I.E UEFI boot ).
HERE's A Benchmark review

The "What's required" ?

There are multiple apps to format&create the required partitions, including the one during windows installation process.
The latter, creating more partitions then what most of consumers really needs !
Windows installer format a GPT based drive like that:


  • "Windows" is the OS partition - a MUST HAVE partition of course
  • MSR is "MS reserve partition" - a MUST HAVE partition that is there in-order to: READ HERE.
    for win8.1 MSR MIN size recommended by MS to be 128MB, in win10 is recommended to be 16MB. As common users does NOT utilize any of the features that require the MSR partition, it's advisable to use the MIN recommended size by MS.
  • "System" partition is the where the "EFI" supported windows-boot-files sit, therefore - a MUST HAVE partition of course.
  • "Windows RE tools" - is important IN MOST CASES if you use windows built-in drive encryption. READ MORE HERE.
    As I KNOW by experience that win7,8.1,10 CAN WORK WITHOUT "Windows RE tools" partition -> "Windows RE tools" partition is NOT necessary !!


The "How to Guide" ?
1st Part: How to create & boot a windows installation disk/usb,
THE RIGHT WAY?

I.E through UEFI boot !



  • NOTE: IT'S IMPERATIVE that you boot the installation disk AS UEFI COMPATIBLE DEVICE !
    (otherwise you cannot install windows on a GPT formatted drive )
    There are MANY guides to show how to create the installation DISK/USB in the right manner:
    ONE OPTION, another OPTION, another OPTION, "official way" for win10 ONLY.
  • It's also imperative that, although you've created the installation disk/usb in the right way, you MUST ALSO BOOT IT IN THE RIGHT WAY: (I.E UEFI boot !)

    • Make sure in the BIOS that "LAUCH CSM" is DISABLED !!
    • Make sure you BOOT THE INSTALLATION DISK/USB AS UEFI!
      Please look at the following photo. To boot the INSTALLATION DISK as "UEFI" meaning picking the 2nd option from the top (NOT the 3rd) !!
      51752


    • If you didn't see & picked "uefi: xxxxxxx" (xxx = name of your disk/usb) at the boot selection screen -> read and DO "1st part" again !



2nd Step: How to format a drive with GPT layout for windows 8/8.1/10 ?
IT IS A PRE-REQUISITE TO INSTALL WINDOWS !

PLEASE NOTE:

  • THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE WILL ERASE EVERYTHING (ALL PARTITIONS) ON THE SPECIFIC DRIVE YOU CHOOSE !



  • LESS RECOMMENDED: instead of formatting and losing data, you can CONVERT your MBR disk to be a GPT disk: Guide HERE.

* The "easy"/quick method:

  • READ Part 1 above, do ONLY that -> then continue to Step B just below.
    After that, you should see the "Windows setup" screen, which allows you to pick your language.
  • Follow this EXCELLENT guide with screenshots till STEP 10.
  • Continue to read "3rd part" to install windows.

* The advanced/manual method is through set of commands of "DISKPART" utility. (SOURCE: MS official page)
The BIG ADVANTAGE with this method, that "Windows RE Tool" partition won't be created, thus you profit from the free-space ( ~300 MB ) and one less partition to be shown when you look at the partition map/list.

  • 1st, boot into windows recovery environment, and open CMD -> write "diskpart" -> enter -> wait for it to load.
    ( "How to" guide HERE )
  • VERY IMPORTANT: inside "diskpart", write: "list disk" to see all your disks.
    Note the disk number of the disk you wish to format.
    Write "select disk #" where # = disk number you wish to format.
  • ONLY THEN perform the following commands: (lines start with "rem" are notes... NOT commands!)

    clean
    rem == Note: ALERT AGAIN ! THIS COMMAND WILL WIPE YOUR DRIVE CLEAN !
    convert gpt
    rem == Note: convert your MBR based drive to GPT based drive
    create partition efi size=100
    rem == Note: "size=100" meaning the partition size will be 100MBytes
    format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
    assign letter="S"

    rem == Note: replace the following "#" with a number as follows: #=128 for win8.1 | #=16 for win10
    create partition msr size=#

    rem == Note: For the following command(in white):
    rem == Note: this way all the rest of the disk space will be "C"/windows OS partition.
    rem == Note: if you wish to have another partitions ( E.I for file storage/archive) add a "size=#"
    rem == Note: after the word "primary", where "#" is a number, the size in Mbytes of your
    rem == Note: Windows OS partition, I.E the rest of the free space will be the other partition you
    rem == Note: choose to have.
    rem == Note: To be more precise, that next line of command might be:
    rem == Note: create partition primary size=#

    create partition primary
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
    assign letter="W"
    exit
    rem == Note: to quite diskpart utility, input another exit will close the CMD window and you'll be return to the previous screen, which you must reboot afterward in order to accomplish the next step


    • NOTE: if you create additional partition after the "windows" partition, you can format it now, or after the OS installation, through the "disk management" utility -> it really doesn't matter to the OS installation procedure, but it's best to leave it to later, just to prevent you from massing the disk structure, if you don't know what you're doing.


  • finally, continue to read "3rd part" below to install windows.
Asus G751JT
Samsung EVO 850 120GB + 1TB HDD 7200RPM
Cleaned installed Win 10 HOME
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This is a brilliant guide on how to install windows 10 from scratch with either a DVD or from a USB stick but I seem to have a problem with it or I missed something 😞

I disabled "Secure Boot" and "Launch CSM" in my BIOS and select the UEFI USB stick with the Windows 10 x64 installation. I get to the screen where I have to choose my language and proceed to the user agreement, it does however not ask for a key, which I would like to enter. When the installation is finished I notice that Windows is again being installed as Home Edition. If I would be able to enter my key, it would be the Professional Edition, which I actually want. I presume he is pulling data from my BIOS?! Is there a way to tell him not to do that and instead ask me for the serial at the installation procedure? I tried the USB stick on another laptop and booted it up in UEFI mode and there it asks me for the serial.

Any help is appreciated!

//Edit:

Model: G771JW
BIOS: 210 (Did not check the new 211 release yet)

HigH_HawK wrote:
This is a brilliant guide on how to install windows 10 from scratch with either a DVD or from a USB stick but I seem to have a problem with it or I missed something 😞

I disabled "Secure Boot" and "Launch CSM" in my BIOS and select the UEFI USB stick with the Windows 10 x64 installation. I get to the screen where I have to choose my language and proceed to the user agreement, it does however not ask for a key, which I would like to enter. When the installation is finished I notice that Windows is again being installed as Home Edition. If I would be able to enter my key, it would be the Professional Edition, which I actually want. I presume he is pulling data from my BIOS?! Is there a way to tell him not to do that and instead ask me for the serial at the installation procedure? I tried the USB stick on another laptop and booted it up in UEFI mode and there it asks me for the serial.


Hi @HigH_HawK and welcome to ROG forum.
Thank you for your feedback 🙂

Win10 installation from multi edition ISO/DVD indeed "pick" for you the home edition during installation, since an OEM activation key is found within the BIOS ( it is the slic table AFAIK) of ROG laptops that was sold with pre-installed windows.
Nonetheless, you can force install any edition you want, using either a standalone ISO of your wanted edition(pro) ( which is EASIEST method I know of ) or by using multi-edition ISO with a proper "Autounattend.xml" ( read more about that HERE ) that includes the "pro" key,.

If you don't wish to format and start over again, know that you can upgrade your current home ed. to pro ed. -> Read HERE ( second option ).
I hope this will help you.
Asus G751JT
Samsung EVO 850 120GB + 1TB HDD 7200RPM
Cleaned installed Win 10 HOME
My Guides:

  • [POST=538713]ROG LAPTOPS: COMPLETE DRIVER LIST ![/POST]
  • [POST=538713]How to install windows 8/8.1/10 on any UEFI supported laptop the PROPER way[/POST]
  • [POST=538711]HOW TO (EASILY!) UPGRADE FROM WIN7 SP1/8.1 WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE UPGRADE PROCESS ITSELF ![/POST]
  • [POST=605307]HOW TO REMAP FN+KEY AND SPECIAL BUTTONS: "STEAM", "ROG" & "SHADOWPLAY"[/POST]
  • [POST=539663]Win 10 x64: SETUP USB @SUPERSPEED, NO HANG-UPS! | ACCELERATES USB 3.0/2.0 TRANSFER RATE SPEED TWICE![/POST]

Thanks for your reply! I tried the Autounattend.xml method but do get an error message regarding the ProductKey property cannot be read.

Getting a little frustrated with the whole installation thingy 😞

Gps3dx
Level 12
COMPLETE ASUS SUPPORT DOWNLOADS ! (Part 2/3)
ARCHIVE DRIVERS: Might be latest - not always

** The following list of drivers might be compatible various asus laptops **



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OFFICIAL ASUS DRIVERS

Windows 8.1
(x64)

Windows 10
(x64)

CHIPSET (Intel INF)
*NOT recommended

51842

51842

IRST
(Intel Rapid Storage Technology)
*NOT recommended

51842

51842

IMEI
(Intel Management Engine Interface)

51842

51842

CPPC (Intel Collaborative Processor Performance Control)

51842

51842

Wireless Lan (WiFi)

51842

51842

LAN (Ethernet)

51842

51842

Bluetooth

51842

51842


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OFFICIAL ASUS DRIVERS

Windows 8.1
(x64)

Windows 10
(x64)

Audio

51842

51842

ATK (ACPI)
(Keyboard special keys)

51842

51842

Touchpad:
(Elan driver)

Touchpad:
Smart Gesture

51842

51842

Card Reader

51842

51842

ThunderBolt

51842

51842

WinFlash
(Windows BIOS Flash Utility)

51842

51842

Graphics Card
(NVIDIA/ATI/INTEL)
*NOT recommended

51842

51842


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Partial Credit&Source: [THREAD=41714]multiple users @THIS THREAD[/THREAD]
Asus G751JT
Samsung EVO 850 120GB + 1TB HDD 7200RPM
Cleaned installed Win 10 HOME
My Guides:

  • [POST=538713]ROG LAPTOPS: COMPLETE DRIVER LIST ![/POST]
  • [POST=538713]How to install windows 8/8.1/10 on any UEFI supported laptop the PROPER way[/POST]
  • [POST=538711]HOW TO (EASILY!) UPGRADE FROM WIN7 SP1/8.1 WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE UPGRADE PROCESS ITSELF ![/POST]
  • [POST=605307]HOW TO REMAP FN+KEY AND SPECIAL BUTTONS: "STEAM", "ROG" & "SHADOWPLAY"[/POST]
  • [POST=539663]Win 10 x64: SETUP USB @SUPERSPEED, NO HANG-UPS! | ACCELERATES USB 3.0/2.0 TRANSFER RATE SPEED TWICE![/POST]

Gps3dx
Level 12
COMPLETE ASUS SUPPORT DOWNLOADS ! (Part 3/3)
** The following list of drivers might be compatible various asus laptops **


































































OFFICIAL ASUS UTILITIES

Windows 8.1
(x64)

Windows 10
(x64)

Power4GearHybrid
(Power plans switcher)

51842

51842

Wireless Radio Control
(WiFi/BT switcher)

51842

51842

USB Charger Plus
(USB Charger while turned off)

51842

51842

Splendid
(Screen colors tweaker)

51842

51842

Backtracker
(Create DVD Backup
of Preinstall Windows )

51842

51842

GPUTweak II

51842

51842

GPU Tweaker
(NON Optimus)

51842

N/A

GPU Tweaker
(Optimus Only)

51842

N/A




Partial Credit&Source: Credit&Source: Asus.com
Asus G751JT
Samsung EVO 850 120GB + 1TB HDD 7200RPM
Cleaned installed Win 10 HOME
My Guides:

  • [POST=538713]ROG LAPTOPS: COMPLETE DRIVER LIST ![/POST]
  • [POST=538713]How to install windows 8/8.1/10 on any UEFI supported laptop the PROPER way[/POST]
  • [POST=538711]HOW TO (EASILY!) UPGRADE FROM WIN7 SP1/8.1 WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE UPGRADE PROCESS ITSELF ![/POST]
  • [POST=605307]HOW TO REMAP FN+KEY AND SPECIAL BUTTONS: "STEAM", "ROG" & "SHADOWPLAY"[/POST]
  • [POST=539663]Win 10 x64: SETUP USB @SUPERSPEED, NO HANG-UPS! | ACCELERATES USB 3.0/2.0 TRANSFER RATE SPEED TWICE![/POST]

Gps3dx
Level 12
(Very) Usefull Threads, Guides & links !

** Driver Tweaking/issue fixes, recommended apps etc...**

ROG Series specific ( Mostly G751 )

Universal (right for ANY laptop)

G55/G75 Series specific - although original wrote for older ROG laptops, most info still apply even for the G751!
Asus G751JT
Samsung EVO 850 120GB + 1TB HDD 7200RPM
Cleaned installed Win 10 HOME
My Guides:

  • [POST=538713]ROG LAPTOPS: COMPLETE DRIVER LIST ![/POST]
  • [POST=538713]How to install windows 8/8.1/10 on any UEFI supported laptop the PROPER way[/POST]
  • [POST=538711]HOW TO (EASILY!) UPGRADE FROM WIN7 SP1/8.1 WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE UPGRADE PROCESS ITSELF ![/POST]
  • [POST=605307]HOW TO REMAP FN+KEY AND SPECIAL BUTTONS: "STEAM", "ROG" & "SHADOWPLAY"[/POST]
  • [POST=539663]Win 10 x64: SETUP USB @SUPERSPEED, NO HANG-UPS! | ACCELERATES USB 3.0/2.0 TRANSFER RATE SPEED TWICE![/POST]

Clintlgm
Level 14
Every thing looks pretty good, in Diskpart its not necessary format or create any partitions. The windows install will format and create all needed partitions. so after convert GPT, should be exit and continue the install.
G752VY-DH72 Win 10 Pro
512 GB M.2 Samsung 960 Pro
1 TB Samsung 850 pro 2.5 format
980m GTX 4 GB
32GB DDR 4 Standard RAM

Z97 PRO WiFi I7 4790K
Windows 10 Pro
Z97 -A
Windows 10 Pro

Clintlgm wrote:
Every thing looks pretty good, in Diskpart its not necessary format or create any partitions. The windows install will format and create all needed partitions. so after convert GPT, should be exit and continue the install.


You're right...
The thing is ( i might need to rewrite it above ) that when you let windows format for you, it creates the "windows RE tools" useless partition.
But i'll upate the post with the exit command, and emphasize the alternative you mentioned as an "easier"/quick way.

P.S the hole thread is WIP... so patience... 😮
Asus G751JT
Samsung EVO 850 120GB + 1TB HDD 7200RPM
Cleaned installed Win 10 HOME
My Guides:

  • [POST=538713]ROG LAPTOPS: COMPLETE DRIVER LIST ![/POST]
  • [POST=538713]How to install windows 8/8.1/10 on any UEFI supported laptop the PROPER way[/POST]
  • [POST=538711]HOW TO (EASILY!) UPGRADE FROM WIN7 SP1/8.1 WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE UPGRADE PROCESS ITSELF ![/POST]
  • [POST=605307]HOW TO REMAP FN+KEY AND SPECIAL BUTTONS: "STEAM", "ROG" & "SHADOWPLAY"[/POST]
  • [POST=539663]Win 10 x64: SETUP USB @SUPERSPEED, NO HANG-UPS! | ACCELERATES USB 3.0/2.0 TRANSFER RATE SPEED TWICE![/POST]

Phoebian wrote:
...
When it comes to the privacy options and features, I am unable to run command "sc delete dmwappushsvc" Error: "FAILED 1060 The specified service does not exist as an installed service."
I have managed to delete diagtrack ok so it is not myself doing it incorrectly and the spelling is 100% correct.
Does this service not exist any more perhaps?


Good Q - I encounter this too after install many different editions of win10 (1703/9 & 1803/9)...
I learned this tip from a vary reliable forum dealing with anything MS windows related - Mydigitallife.
Many ppl in that linked thread ( although not in its OP ) report that "sc delete dmwappushservice" is the correct command, since the service was renamed.
Asus G751JT
Samsung EVO 850 120GB + 1TB HDD 7200RPM
Cleaned installed Win 10 HOME
My Guides:

  • [POST=538713]ROG LAPTOPS: COMPLETE DRIVER LIST ![/POST]
  • [POST=538713]How to install windows 8/8.1/10 on any UEFI supported laptop the PROPER way[/POST]
  • [POST=538711]HOW TO (EASILY!) UPGRADE FROM WIN7 SP1/8.1 WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE UPGRADE PROCESS ITSELF ![/POST]
  • [POST=605307]HOW TO REMAP FN+KEY AND SPECIAL BUTTONS: "STEAM", "ROG" & "SHADOWPLAY"[/POST]
  • [POST=539663]Win 10 x64: SETUP USB @SUPERSPEED, NO HANG-UPS! | ACCELERATES USB 3.0/2.0 TRANSFER RATE SPEED TWICE![/POST]

Thanks, it was helpful