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Are Windows 8 drivers compatible with the ones from Win7 ?


pstein

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Assume I have drivers for a certain device/motherboard for only Window7.
Can I use them in Windows 8?

And conversly: Can I use Windows 8 drivers in an Windows 7 installation as well?

Are both driver models compatible?

Peter
 

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fireberd

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All the Windows 7 drivers for my gigabyte GAZ77X UD5H motherboard and the ASUS drivers for an ASUS Z77 chipset motherboard work with Windows 8. I haven't come across any problems with several installations.

I've also checked/updated the Intel devices on the motherboard at Intel and the drivers that they have for my hardware are for both Win 7 64 bit and Win 8 64 bit.
 

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XweAponX

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I've got a few things that I had to use Windows 7 drivers for, but mostly, they are almost identical, and the Windows 7 drivers I had, are working well in Windows 8- The rest were updated by the Windows 8 upgrade.
 

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Capt.Jack Sparrow

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#5
Assume I have drivers for a certain device/motherboard for only Window7.
Can I use them in Windows 8?

And conversly: Can I use Windows 8 drivers in an Windows 7 installation as well?

Are both driver models compatible?

Peter
Hello Peter!

Most cases it should work since there isn't much difference. But some device might have issues like Webcam, Printer etc. But if you got from a reputed device manufacturer then they will release an updated version. Check it here Windows Compatibility Center: Find Updates, Drivers, & Downloads for Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows 7
 

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