Install Windows 7 or Windows 8 on Asus KV8 SE Deluxe Motherboard with Promise 378

If you have tried to install Windows 7 or Windows 8 on Promise 378 on Asus KV8 SE Deluxe Motherboard you have had issues but I am here to help.  To start this seems to work on other motherboards that use the Promise 378 chipset, so give this a shot and let me know how it works.  When I did my comparison of Windows 7 to Windows XP, I needed an XP machine to install 7 on.  I chose an older one I had that ran an Athlon64.  I partitioned the hard drive and booted up the Windows 7 disk.  Now this motherboard has the Promise 378 SATA chipset and if any of you are familiar with the Promise 378 chipset for SATA you know how much of a pain it is.  It’s hard enough to get Windows XP installed.  Well, I tried to install Windows 7 and things went fine until I got to the point in the installation to select the hard drive where Windows is to be installed.  There were no hard drives listed!!! I was confused.  I did some searching and found that there were no Promise 378 drivers made for Windows Vista let alone Windows 7 or Windows 8.  So I got to thinking and working.

I knew I was running the Promise 378 in ATA mode so I could connect only one hard drive.  So I thought of loading an older driver and looked at Asus website for one.  But before I did that I thought for a moment, an XP driver might not work.  Windows 7’s code is based on of Vista’s.  Vista’s code is based on Server 2003.  And that was the ticket.  I went here

Now it will say XX Files Found and under there click on IDE

Then download the second driver (pictured below), Promise SATA378 Driver V1.00.0.26 (ATA Mode)

The Second Driver is the IDE Driver

The Second Driver is the ATA Mode Driver

Expand the zip file to a folder and burn that folder to a disc.

Then restart your installation and when you get to the point that no hard drives show up, take out your Windows 7 install disc and put in the one with the drivers, or if you have a second optical drive insert the burned disc into that.  And then in setup hit load drivers and select the 2003 driver, it should find it automatically.  It did for me and after a while of searching the drive shows up.  Continue the setup as you normally would.  That is all you have to do.  This should work for Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.  Here are the end results.

Device Manager Showing The Win2003 SATA Driver Installed

Device Manager Showing The Win2003 SATA Driver Installed

It took some doing but here is the proof, a screen shot of the Computer Properties.

Asus KV8 SE Deluxe running Windows 7

Asus KV8 SE Deluxe running Windows 7

It does not do too bad performance wise although I get weird graphic glitches, AMD is not going to release a Windows 7 driver for the X800 graphic card in this machine, but the card could be going bad as well.  Below is the Windows Experience Index.

Windows Experience Index

Windows Experience Index

Well, I think I would leave Windows 7 on here if I could get the graphic glitches fixed, but this computer is old and is slated to be rebuilt.  It does not handle Microsoft Flight Simulator X very well.  I hope this helps people figure out how to get Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 installed on their Promise 378 hardware.

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    • Bryan Moore
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  1. JOuk
    JOuk says:

    Thanks Andy!!! I`ve installed Windows 8 64 bits in an old AMD 64 2800+, with ASUS K8V SE deluxe motherboard. Everything works fine. thanks again.

  2. manqi
    manqi says:

    It works fine, i was trying lots of methods… At some point, it seemed hopeless and finally, it worked !
    Really, thanks a lot 🙂

  3. keithy
    keithy says:

    Thanks for this very useful article. Win7 is now installed on my new SATA drive. I’m also using a Radeon X800. Apart from a glitch at startup just before the desktop appears, the graphics appears to be stable after that. Cheers!

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    ron-DA-mon says:

    Man, you are a godsend!!! 🙂 For the past year (on and off)I’ve been trying differnt methods to get my A8V-Deluxe mobo to recognize SATA drives. Luckily I seemed to have typed in the right search string and your link was the 1st one from Google. Everything works like you said; one thing though (for novices like myself), when it came to finding the 2003 drivers during the install I actually had to browse for it, the Windows installation could not find it automatically. Otherwise all I got to say is “Thank you, thank you, thank you………thx

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  11. PeterPiper
    PeterPiper says:

    Hey there,

    Thanks very much for the instructions. They looked promising for use with the Fastrak 376 Controller as well, but tried the same steps with those drivers and it didn’t work.

    After a day, decided to give up on it and just get a different IDE drive to use with my K8V board. Rather unfortunate, though.


  12. maxxxelectronics
    maxxxelectronics says:

    this was well written. let me know how your 64 bit runs go. i’ve also been babying a a8v deluxe model with windows 7 64 bit and i’ve been trying to solve all the compatibility problems with it so far…last problem i have to solve is the ram mystery and why enabling the memory hole crashes the computer blaming it on the vid card.

  13. Bob G
    Bob G says:

    I’m another guy who benefited from your well written article. Win 7 is installing on a 30GB partition on a 1TB WD SATA disk. Thanks!

    • usefulwindows
      usefulwindows says:

      Sweet!!! I’m glad it helped. I have this computer just about ready to test for the 64bit version, it may be hard to crack but I might as well do it.

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  15. Ammar
    Ammar says:


    Thank you for the detailed instructions. For some reason I am still unable to see my drives in the installation process.

    I have my drives connected through SATA and they are visible in the Promise FastTrack utility. I am also able to boot in XP with the current drive setup. However, Win 7 32-bit or 64-bit cannot see my drives. Is there any specific BIOS settings that I need to do? The drives have been setup as an Array in the Promise FastTrack utility.

    Thank you for your help

  16. Felipec
    Felipec says:

    Worked perfectly on a Asus A8V Deluxe with Windows 7 32bits!!
    Did exactly as stated and did not have to trash my old PC.
    Well done! Thank you very much!

  17. Andrew
    Andrew says:

    This is about what I had done, except you cannot install Win 7 64-bit on this motherboard since Asus has no driver for Win 2003 64-bit and the driver from Promise is a beta and crashes Win 7 64-bit. I tried over and over and over again to get this running and it just refused to accept the driver. It pisses me off that I have a perfect 64-bit motherboard that I cannot use all the features. The 32-bit version works great and scored high. I just want my IDE port back and my computer set up again for RAID 1.

    • usefulwindows
      usefulwindows says:

      I’m not totally sure what you are trying to do, there are two sets of Sata ports on here one is Via and the other is Promise. The Via ones are for raid so try thoes, This post is to get one of the Promise Sata ports working in the IDE Mode so Windows can be installed on one hard drive conected to the Promise Sata port, this is not for the IDE port. If you want contact me on the Contact page and I will try my best to help you out.


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  19. BillaBong
    BillaBong says:

    You are the sh*t. This worked perfectly even though I did not have the motherboard you mentioned, the driver worked exactomundo with an A8V Deluxe and W7 64. You rock.

    • usefulwindows
      usefulwindows says:

      I’m glad this helped, it took me some time to figure this one out but I got it working. Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you keep reading.

    • rlounsbu
      rlounsbu says:

      If it worked for you then you must have installed W7 32bit, NOT 64, because the post was for “32-bit Operating System” See screen shot. I have same K8V SE Delux mobo. The 2003_64bit driver does not show up on ASUS web site under IDE. Only 64 bit VIA RAID appears. There is a 2003_64 for Promise 378 RAID on ASUS, A8V mobo. This might work if BIOS is set to RAID, not IDE. With one drive set to IDE, teh 64 bit driver loads and appears OK in Device Mngr, but SATA drive still does not show. Screen shot with driver is not proof because system can be running off other HD on PATA IDE port for VIA southbridge, not Promise 378. If someone really has W7-64 running with 1 SATA drive on Promise 378 SATA drive, that will be the sh*t!

      • usefulwindows
        usefulwindows says:

        I saw the selection for X64 2003 and assumed there would be a driver there. Also there is only the Sata drive in this machine no IDE hard drive. The method above works for 32bit Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Also this computer it in the process of being replaced so I will check, test it, and post the results, Thank you for letting me know.


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