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Windows 7 drivers for windows 8 Laptop?

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    Windows 7 drivers for windows 8 Laptop?


    Im thinking on loading my windows 8 laptop (factory) with a windows 7 SSD, but whenever i look for drivers FOR my laptop on the HP site, its only showing windows 8 drivers avaliable, is there any site that would help me that are GOOD, i know alot of sites such as "driverguru, driversftp, driverdownload.." would have the drivers but could ALSO be malicious..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 403Phaze View Post
    Im thinking on loading my windows 8 laptop (factory) with a windows 7 SSD, but whenever i look for drivers FOR my laptop on the HP site, its only showing windows 8 drivers avaliable, is there any site that would help me that are GOOD, i know alot of sites such as "driverguru, driversftp, driverdownload.." would have the drivers but could ALSO be malicious..
    I don't know why you want to degrade to W7, you can easily make W8.1 look and feel almost same and your W7 drivers are always going to be a problem. I never run into anything malicious from those "drivers sites" except for them trying to push some other software along with drivers. If manufacturer does not have drivers you need, it means other drivers you find are either altered by someone and therefore untrusty or just relabeled W8 to win7 because most drivers are down compatible.
    Did you try Win7 readiness tool.
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    If HP doesn't have the drivers you'll have to hunt them up one by one. Go to AMD/ATI for Windows 7 video drivers. If your sound is Realtek, go there for sound drivers, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 403Phaze View Post
    Im thinking on loading my windows 8 laptop (factory) with a windows 7 SSD, but whenever i look for drivers FOR my laptop on the HP site, its only showing windows 8 drivers avaliable, is there any site that would help me that are GOOD, i know alot of sites such as "driverguru, driversftp, driverdownload.." would have the drivers but could ALSO be malicious..
    I don't know why you want to degrade to W7, you can easily make W8.1 look and feel almost same and your W7 drivers are always going to be a problem. I never run into anything malicious from those "drivers sites" except for them trying to push some other software along with drivers. If manufacturer does not have drivers you need, it means other drivers you find are either altered by someone and therefore untrusty or just relabeled W8 to win7 because most drivers are down compatible.
    Did you try Win7 readiness tool.
    well i tried windows 8.1 once from the "store's free upgrade" and it completely LOCKED my computer, even had a microsoft guy stumped with what has happened
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    Did you update Win 8 with all the updates first. ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Did you update Win 8 with all the updates first. ?
    yes i did, which was odd i was the only user logged in as an admin with the windows authentication, and it completely locked me out, password didn't work, pin didn't work, finger scan didn't work
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    Quote Originally Posted by 403Phaze View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Did you update Win 8 with all the updates first. ?
    yes i did, which was odd i was the only user logged in as an admin with the windows authentication, and it completely locked me out, password didn't work, pin didn't work, finger scan didn't work
    Ugh, it does happen sometimes, I tend to blame it on inappropriate drivers.
    Maybe if you make a new thread in

    Windows Updates & Activation

    It would grab attention of a guru in that field.
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