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Install Guide for Windows 8.1 on G751 freeDOS (no windows out of the box)

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This guide is for users that did not have Windows 8.1 coming with their G751 laptops out of the box.

If you do have Windows 8.1 already installed on your laptop as soon as you got it out of the box then you can still look at some stuff from utilities you should not install to not have any issues located at the last few steps of this post. One of the most important stuff to do for users that have Windows 8.1 installed is use Asus Backtracker to make a backup of their Windows and recovery partition.
(!) Do not try to do a clean install before making a backup on a USB stick. It's never bad to have the OS how Asus intended it to be as a backup.(This message was for users that do have windows on their laptops.) 😃
Now back to users that do not have a Windows 8.1 installed on their G751.
- First steps of a new user.
After getting it out of the box plug the charger in and leave it for 3 hours to charge before powering it up for the first time. ( says to do so in the manual that comes with it so I did as advised. )
1. Now get your Windows 8.1 DVD in the laptop and wait for the press any key message to load or press the ESC button repeatedly until you get the boot options window.

Use your up and down arrow keys to choose the UEFI:Matsitabd line and press Enter. (Choosing that will avoid the slower boot issue with the flickering upper left corner line.)
Press any key when the message shows up and then just wait for Windows setup to load.

(!) If you do not have a Windows 8.1 DVD and just have the serial key you can make a bootable USB by going here:
Other useful link:

2. Select your Language and Keyboard settings and press Next, accept the license agreement, type in your Windows activation Key.

3. Select Install Windows only, then when you get to the partition wizard, delete all the partitions and create a new partition.
If you have a SSD in your laptop and want to install Windows on it make the first partition on the SSD and leave the HDD with no partition.
You can partition the HDD as you wish after windows installs. From what I understand this way is better so Windows won't create boot files on the HDD partition or something like that.
Useful for when you want to partition your HDD:

4. After finishing the upper step, wait for windows to get the setup ready and once you pass the Personalise step in Windows Setup
and get to the window where you are able to choose Express Settings or Custom, go for custom.

5. Disable Windows updates by changing the "Automatically get and install updates for drivers" or else you might get Windows to install drivers silently and you don't want that as you will install them yourself from ASUS website to get the right ones.

6. After the upper steps you should be done by now with setting up Windows and be on your Desktop. I suggest a Restart now before doing anything else and after the restart go to Control Panel > Windows Updates and perform an Updates search.
( I tend to go first to Windows Defender and check for updates at it first then go to Windows updates but that
is just a personal preference as I try to make sure I get no failed updates.)

7. Install all selected updates from Important and when they have been downloaded and installed press the Restart button that it shows you. After the restart go back and search again making sure you have no more updates at Important. (Do not select the ones from optional as you might get failed ones if you install them all at once and even when not asked, after an update has been done do a Restart it matters a lot.)
Now go to the Optional ones and install the one that has around 700mb or the biggest one first it might change as they put newer. Restart and go back and install any updates that are left, if there are like just 2-3 install 1 at a time if you are like me and can't stand to see in update history any failed ones.)
If you wanna be safe do a search again to make sure you are not missing any, doing the upper steps should get all updates installed correctly and none failing.

8. Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features on or off and check the first box that says
.NET Framework 3.5 and press OK, then when asked where do you want to get them from ,
choose Download from Windows Updates.
After installing and Restarting, search for windows updates again and install any updates that show up after the installation of .NET Frameworks 3.5

9. Restart and get ready to install the drivers from ASUS.
Download the drivers from the below link and install them in the following order. Chipset is recommended always as the first.
Reminder: Please do a restart after each driver has installed especially when it asks you and DO NOT install 2 one after another and then do a restart for both as that can cause issues.

ASUS Drivers link for G751 models:
*01 - Intel Chipset Drivers. (!) Please check 2nd post for instructions you need just for chipset.
*02 - Intel Collaborative Processor Performance Control Driver (You will find 02 to 05 in the Others section )
*03 - Intel Management Engine Interface
*04 - Intel Rapid Storage technology Driver
(For intel rapid storage, right cklick on PNPINST64.exe then right click and choose Run as Administrator and reboot when asked.
After reboot go back to the same folder and right click on IRSTPatch.exe then choose Run as Administrator and reboot again after. It doesn't seem to show anything after you run it so just reboot after.)

*05 - Thunderbolt Driver
*06 - ATK Driver
*07 - Realtek Audio Driver (look at the driver version and make sure it is the latest one to have the audio fix.)
*08 - Realtek LAN Driver
*09 - Intel WIFI WLAN Driver or Atheros or Broadcom depending on your laptop model.
*10 - Intel Bluetooth Driver or Atheros or Broadcom, again depending on your laptop model.
*11 - ASUS Wireless Radio Control
*12 - Genesys Multi-Card Reader Driver
*13 - Elantec Touchpad Driver (When asked for permission please make sure you uncheck the small box in the left or you might encounter it to ask after every reboot, if it asks after the first reboot make sure to uncheck again and it should not ask again.)

*14 - NVidia GeForce Driver ( I did not install this one from the site but from the DVD I got in the box as they are the same
version and it installed it for me without any issues as from the ASUS site I have had an issue with NVIDIA Experience.)
(!) Users recommend having the updated Nvidia drivers so if you want those just Update through Nvidia Experience.

*15 - Download and install the rest from Utilities depending on which you find useful:

01 - ASUS Backtracker (ASUS Backtracker helps you to back up and recover your system's settings)

02 - A entertainment gaming platform to play, connect, create and more ( That would be Steam, I personally got that one from the Steam website. )
03 - ASUS Gaming Center (Launch ASUS apps and easily access settings)
I heard it affects some users WIFI? If anyone has just this installed without Gamersfirst lll please let me know so I can update here if people should get it or not. If you do get it make sure to get the latest version 1.0.5 or whichever is.
04 - ROG Game First III
Not recommended until a fixed one is out as many say it messes with the internet. I have experienced the same issue but only after installing Avast.
05 - ASUS ROG MacroKey (It is a macro, key re-mapper, and automation utility designed to work specifically with gaming notebook)
06 - Keyboard Device Filter Utility ( for the keyboard shortcuts and such if I am right. Recommended.)
07 - ASUS Live Update Utility (Doesn't seem to show anything to me, so not really a necessary thing.)

08 - ASUS Splendid Video Enhancement Technology (Not recommended as it messes with your screen colors, even most users that have it already installed with Windows out of the box tend to uninstall it.)
09 - ASUS USB Charger Plus (Did not install as I have heard it messes up the USB behavior, true?)
10 - PixelMaster Video HDR (from the Others section but not sure what this is or what it does, anyone can explain so i can update here ?)

poisondartfrog47 wrote:

My questions are:

Can I use a USB card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC) and a micro SDXC or Micro SDHC card and backtracker to make a backup of
windows and recovery partition?

Do I need to make two separate for the windows and one for the recovery?

My existing memory cards were formatted on a win xp 32 system. Do I need to reformat memory card using a 64 bit
computer system in order to make backup drive of win 8.1 & recovery partitions since win 8.1 is 64 bit...and if so...what
software should I use on the G751 to format the memory card?

Any help is truly appreciated. I sincerely apologize for being such a noob. Thank you

poisondartfrog47, I wasn't able to get an SD card bootable on the G750's with Backtracker, and I haven't seen any mention of it tried on the G751 - try it and let us know how it works 🙂

As far as reformatting the cards, I don't think you need to, at least for USB 3.0 Flash drives it doesn't matter. Asus Backtracker will reformat and write to them just fine.

Heads up though, if you have a brand new G751, it seems Asus has added stuff to the recovery partition, making the backup size larger - too large for FAT32 - Backtracker restore's are failing.- if you have that problem report it to Asus via a Technical Inquiry and ask for a fix. The current Asus Backtracker version is 3.0.8

I would recommend a 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive, it should still be large enough. A 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive will only have 20GB used.

Please come back and post how it works out for you 🙂

Followed your instructions. Was having trouble getting the GPU Boost to work on my G751JM. According to VGATOOL Processor not recognized. Unable to control fan. GUI showed no fan control.

Followed steps 1 and 2 installing the Chipset. Additionally installed the ATK driver. The second the ATK driver installed the fans kicked in and the GUI recognized the GPU.

Heres hoping it all holds after the next restart. Thanks

Asus wanted to charge me $60 for an RMA for this ****.

Thread should be stickied.

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I put a UEFI WinRE on to a 4GB Kingston MicroSD. I used a SD to USB adapter, and not actually the card reader... but I used the card reader to write to the card.

I'm going to put a Recovery on to one of the other cards I have laying around as a test later this weekend. Was going to try a Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Install on to the one card.

NeoBeum wrote:
I put a UEFI WinRE on to a 4GB Kingston MicroSD. I used a SD to USB adapter, and not actually the card reader... but I used the card reader to write to the card.

I'm going to put a Recovery on to one of the other cards I have laying around as a test later this weekend. Was going to try a Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Install on to the one card.

I have tried 3 micro sds with 2 different usb adapters with no luck as recovery sources even though it should read like a usb. Good luck
3d printed parts and accessories for the G751. You know you want something better than OEM ->[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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I just did a reinstall. The previous 4Gb card is now looping after POST.

I'm downloading the Windows 8 ADK, to see if I can get a better bundle on to the card.

I've got all week to run tests, I'm waiting for a caddy to arrive so I can put another Hitachi 7K1000 in the optical bay for Raid...

Here are the lists of SD cards I have to run trials of WinPE/RE and other boot options:

2GB Nokia MicroSD, 2GB Sandisk SD, 4Gb Sandisk SD, 8GB Kingston MicroSDHC, 8GB Kingston MicroSDXC, 16Gb Patriot MicroSDXC, 16GB Samsung MicroSDHC, 32GB Samsung MicroSDHC,

One of the 16gb cards I was using wasn't didn't like being formatted in FAT

I'll try formatting using ye olde G73 card reader too.
I just transferred the OEM ram from my G751 to the G73.
I'll post results next week.

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I've got the Windows 10 PE on 4gb MicroSD working. I'm going to try to bundle the SD card reader drivers so I can test in the actual card reader.
This is on my G73 with a USB microSD reader. Might do vive versa and do a win8PE on the G751

We need to sticky this thread 🙂