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Win 8.1 and old Asus Z71a laptop

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    Windows 8.1x64 pro

    Win 8.1 and old Asus Z71a laptop


    I have an old Asus Z71a laptop which has run XP.pro for years. I installed Win 8.1 x86 on it today and it seems to run fine in 2 Gb ram. However, I need drivers! With such old equipment, this may be a tall order. But does anyone know where I can get chipset, network, wireless, video, and audio drivers for Win8.1 on this old laptop?

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    Welcome back, speedlever.

    Are they all MS drivers? Does it run fine like you stated?

    BTW, 8.1 will install on 1GB of RAM. Some claim even less.
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    Windows 8.1x64 pro


    Good question. I think the wireless is Intel so maybe I can get the Intel driver update utility to snag what I need.

    Edit: except of course I need to enable my wifi or LAN in order to run the updater utility... which requires a driver or two.
    Last edited by speedlever; 16 Apr 2014 at 06:15.
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    Windows 8.1x64 pro


    Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find that almost everything seems to have found a driver on this old laptop. Wireless is working fine, as is the rest of the laptop. DM says I need a video controller driver, but the screen looks fine.

    I'm pretty amazed that the old laptop can run Win 8.1 Pro/32 bit on 2 GB ram. That speaks very well for Windows 8.1.
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    I'm glad to read things are working out for you.

    I was surprised too that 8.1 X64 runs so well on this older Acer tower. No need to buy new.
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