AHCI Mode for Windows XP

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Sorry for making questions about Windows XP, but I have a client that still uses it and he insists not to go towards Seven, 8 or 10.

I read some articles about AHCI drivers to load during installation of Windows XP (F6 drivers) on a SSD drive. I already know about some problems to run SO with IDE Mode (BIOS) and the fact that XP has no AHCI driver natively.

Also, I already (have a way – second link not allowed) to wrap the correct drivers on a installation bundle using WinToFlash tool, that creates an ISO image and put F6 drivers in a way to load them when required, during text mode part of the installation.

I already (have a way – third link not allowed) to install those drivers AFTER the XP installation, updating Primary IDE Channel.

Everything is ready to start to work. But, why don’t I do that?

I do not have the right F6 drivers…

I already searched many sites, including vendor ones, looking for AHCI driver to these:

  • Motherboard Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. – Model H87M-D3H

  • Processador Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz

No luck.

I’m not sure about AHCI Controller, if Intel(R) ICH9R/DO/DH SATA AHCI Controller, Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller or other else. How to know that for sure?

I tried some of those and got system hangs… Having to restore system images… It’s a hard and long road.

So, I ask if someone would help me with the following:

  1. How to know for sure about the correct AHCI Controller of my
  2. Where I can find the F6 AHCI drivers?
  3. Any other advice to put those damn drivers on XP 🙂

Note 1: I can boot via other partition using Seven on the same machine. And, so, I can make some tests and investigations about the hardware and run diagnose tools to know that.

Note 2: I tried to put some links when I explained about how to wrap ISO bundle, but Superuser didn’t allow because of my low reputation. So, there is only one link.


I think, that it would be a good manner to answer my own question, once I already have a solution for the thread. It may helps another user in same situation.

As I said before, I sent a message to Gigabyte team asking for the drivers for my motherboard. Their reply:

” Intel does not write drivers for Windows XP so this mobo will not
support XP.

Thank you.

Best regards, GIGABYTE Tech Support Team “

Thanks to the link provided by user Moab, I joined to Fernando’s forum.
Actually, he has too many drivers and guides to tweak different needs.
Excellent forum! I recommend it.

About the solution, anyone interested about how it was solved, please read related post from this one and foward.


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