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delete windows.old folder in windows 8.1 pro

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 pro

    delete windows.old folder in windows 8.1 pro


    If i delete windows.old folder in windows 8.1 pro, Will my driver will also be deleted which was installed in windows 7 pro ?

    My question is that if I install hp wireless multimedia keyboard driver in windows 7 --> then upgrade to windows 8 pro --> then update to windows 8.1 pro --> finally if I delete windows.old folder then will my hp wireless
    multimedia keyboard driver will also be deleted or will it will remain in my system i.e windows 8.1 pro?

    OR

    Let me know windows 8.1 pro driver for HP wireless multimedia keyboard driver Model 51895URF

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Sivarajan,

    Anything in your Windows.old folder is not being used by Windows, so it's completely safe to delete.

    Since it was a Windows 7 driver, I doubt that it was carried over with Windows 8, and you'll need to reinstall a Windows 8 or 8.1 version of the keyboard driver if available. If one is not available, then it wouldn't hurt to try installing the Windows 7 driver again to see if it may still work. If it will not install, then you might see if it may using compatibility mode.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Sivarajan,

    Anything in your Windows.old folder is not being used by Windows, so it's completely safe to delete.

    Since it was a Windows 7 driver, I doubt that it was carried over with Windows 8, and you'll need to reinstall a Windows 8 or 8.1 version of the keyboard driver if available. If one is not available, then it wouldn't hurt to try installing the Windows 7 driver again to see if it may still work. If it will not install, then you might see if it may using compatibility mode.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Hi Shawn,

    I tried both in administrator and compatibility mode to install windows 7 driver in windows 8.1 pro but every time same error



    so what should I do now? how to install the drivers in windows 8.1 pro
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You will not be able to install the old drivers then since they are saying they are incompatible with Windows 8/8.1.

    About all you can do is hope that HP has a Windows 8/8.1 driver available for it, or continue to use the generic drivers that Windows 8.1 is using for it if it's working properly. Otherwise, it may be time to update the keyboard with one that has Windows 8.1 drivers available.

    Are you sure that's the correct model number for the keyboard? I'm not finding anything for it.
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