You might have heard recently that Windows 7 has issues being installed on to newer hardware like Intel’s Skylake platform. This is mainly to do with the way the USB protocols have been reorganised, with motherboard vendors and software developers like Microsoft and Apple moving to the xHCI protocol. xHCI supersedes the old USB protocols and makes a number of welcome changes, like being able to support newer USB speeds and changes to how signaling works without having to design an entire protocol to support it.
But the problem is that Windows 7 doesn’t understand how xHCI is implemented in Intel’s Skylake platform, and so it never gets beyond the point where the installer starts to look for the operating system files to continue the installation, which is especially problematic if you’re installing it from a USB drive. Thankfully, there are three ways around that.