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Is it viable to install Windows 8.1 on a laptop from 2021?

chuser

New Member
I hate hate hate Windows 10, and don't even ask me about Windows 11. Unfortunately that's what all new laptops come pre-installed with. I love my current laptop but it is just slowly breaking, the USB ports are erratic, the Wi-Fi drops, and sometimes it bluescreens and crashes in the middle of a session (hardware error). I found a seller who says that she can install Windows 8.1 on a new laptop for me, but I'm doubtful if it will work. The hardware may not be supported. The laptop is a 2021 model, I copy & paste the description she sent below:

DELL Inspiron 16-5625-R1705S AMD Barcelo R7-5825U/16GB DDR4 3200MHz (8Gx2)/512GB SSD/16.0" (1920x1200) 16:10 WVA LCD Narrow HD Anti-Glare 60Hz
LBL 300nit/No ODD/Win11 with Office H&S/AMD Barcelo-U UMA/2Y Carry In/4 Cell 54Whrs/MediaTek Wi-Fi 6 MT7921 2x2/Mcafee 15M/Backlit KB/Cam

I really like the AMD Ryzen mobile CPU. I also like the full-size laptop, I need a workstation not just a media consumption device. Is installing Windows 8.1 fresh from CDs going to work on a 2021 laptop like this?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 15
    CPU
    Intel i5 2.30GHz
    Memory
    16G
    Browser
    Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    None

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
The 8.1 OS will run on just about anything, but your kitchen stove. :really: And that depends on the CPU in your stove.

If Win-10 ran on your laptop then 8.1 surely would, because they share much the same driver package. But, when in doubt, first back up your hard drive to an external drive. Then install 8.1 to your HD, and see how it works. Success or failure could depend on just where you get your copy of Win 8.1 and what version you get.
I'd give it a try, because I really love Windows 8.1 and I currently have it running on 12 PC's, desktops and laptops included, of various ages.
If everything fails, just restore your backup and move on. I've never had to do that, because 8.1 is so versatile.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

chuser

New Member
Yeah, but will the new laptop's hardware be supported by Windows 8.1? I'm doubtful. New wifi hardware, new Ryzen CPU with advanced features, etc.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 15
    CPU
    Intel i5 2.30GHz
    Memory
    16G
    Browser
    Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    None

Teeotsa

Member
Yeah, but will the new laptop's hardware be supported by Windows 8.1? I'm doubtful. New wifi hardware, new Ryzen CPU with advanced features, etc.
You will be able to install Windows 8.1 and MAYBE some drivers .

And no, most of your hardware does not support Windows 8 .

You might get something to work, not guaranteed tho .
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Professional x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i5 3470
    Motherboard
    ASRock B75 Pro3-M
    Memory
    HyperX Fury DDR3 2x4GB 1866MHz + 2x2GB Samsung Sticks
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GTX 560 TI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston A400 240GB
    1TB SEAGATE HDD
    Internet Speed
    10 Mb/s | 2Mb/s
    Browser
    Google Chrome 96, Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 80
    Antivirus
    No third-party Antivirus software is installed on my system.
    Other Info
    I don't update my installation of Windows. I find it unnecessary.
    Also, i've disabled Windows Defender and Windows Firewall because i don't need them!😂

Teeotsa

Member

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Professional x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i5 3470
    Motherboard
    ASRock B75 Pro3-M
    Memory
    HyperX Fury DDR3 2x4GB 1866MHz + 2x2GB Samsung Sticks
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GTX 560 TI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston A400 240GB
    1TB SEAGATE HDD
    Internet Speed
    10 Mb/s | 2Mb/s
    Browser
    Google Chrome 96, Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 80
    Antivirus
    No third-party Antivirus software is installed on my system.
    Other Info
    I don't update my installation of Windows. I find it unnecessary.
    Also, i've disabled Windows Defender and Windows Firewall because i don't need them!😂

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
On the topic, I just have to ask "Why Not". I swear, Windows 8.1 would install on a refrigerator, if you could find the USB port! :roflmao2:
I can't even remember or list all the PC's that I've installed Windows 8.1 on. (both x86 and 64 bit)
It's just Never failed to install drivers that are able to get the PC up and running. It may even update some of those drivers on subsequent boots.

Today I swapped SSD's between two PC of different brands, and both PC's are running great right now. I'm on one of those PC's right now.
Everything is working great. On first boot, Win-8.1 took a couple of minutes to install new drivers, then took off and ran like it had always been there.

Don't just sit here and guess about it,,,,,TRY IT!

For the greatest compatibility, I got the very latest, New & Improved, Windows 8.1/Pro/64 from "Generation 2".
It has improved security and an improved Driver Pack.
8.1 Gen 2.jpg

You can install this version, with or without an MS Lic. key. Your choice.

Cheers Mates!
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

dave67

New Member
On the topic, I just have to ask "Why Not". I swear, Windows 8.1 would install on a refrigerator, if you could find the USB port! :roflmao2:
I can't even remember or list all the PC's that I've installed Windows 8.1 on. (both x86 and 64 bit)
It's just Never failed to install drivers that are able to get the PC up and running. It may even update some of those drivers on subsequent boots.

Today I swapped SSD's between two PC of different brands, and both PC's are running great right now. I'm on one of those PC's right now.
Everything is working great. On first boot, Win-8.1 took a couple of minutes to install new drivers, then took off and ran like it had always been there.

Don't just sit here and guess about it,,,,,TRY IT!

For the greatest compatibility, I got the very latest, New & Improved, Windows 8.1/Pro/64 from "Generation 2".
It has improved security and an improved Driver Pack.
View attachment 72152
You can install this version, with or without an MS Lic. key. Your choice.

Cheers Mates!
TM :cool:
Is there a direct download link for their latest version?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

dave67

New Member
On the topic, I just have to ask "Why Not". I swear, Windows 8.1 would install on a refrigerator, if you could find the USB port! :roflmao2:
I can't even remember or list all the PC's that I've installed Windows 8.1 on. (both x86 and 64 bit)
It's just Never failed to install drivers that are able to get the PC up and running. It may even update some of those drivers on subsequent boots.

Today I swapped SSD's between two PC of different brands, and both PC's are running great right now. I'm on one of those PC's right now.
Everything is working great. On first boot, Win-8.1 took a couple of minutes to install new drivers, then took off and ran like it had always been there.

Don't just sit here and guess about it,,,,,TRY IT!

For the greatest compatibility, I got the very latest, New & Improved, Windows 8.1/Pro/64 from "Generation 2".
It has improved security and an improved Driver Pack.
View attachment 72152
You can install this version, with or without an MS Lic. key. Your choice.

Cheers Mates!
TM :cool:
The sticking point with laptops is wifi drivers as the wifi module has no drivers for 8.1. You can get away with having no wifi on a desktop.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
I've used MANY little USB/wifi adapters, that meet or exceed the performance of the built in WiFi adapters.
My favorite is the little "Edimax" usb/wifi adapter. It's only an inch long! I've even used that little gizmo on a 6' usb extension cable, so I could place the adapter up and away from the laptop for a better connection. It's all about 'Location, Location, Location! ;)

Before you say "Win-8.1 can't do it", give it a chance. I've installed 8.1 to six laptops, of various age and brands, and the WiFi works on every one of them, even on my little Netbook, that originally came with XP on it.

Happy Trails!
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

dave67

New Member
I've used MANY little USB/wifi adapters, that meet or exceed the performance of the built in WiFi adapters.
My favorite is the little "Edimax" usb/wifi adapter. It's only an inch long! I've even used that little gizmo on a 6' usb extension cable, so I could place the adapter up and away from the laptop for a better connection. It's all about 'Location, Location, Location! ;)

Before you say "Win-8.1 can't do it", give it a chance. I've installed 8.1 to six laptops, of various age and brands, and the WiFi works on every one of them, even on my little Netbook, that originally came with XP on it.

Happy Trails!
TM :cool:
Yes I'm aware of Wifi adapters but they take up a USB port and modern laptops have limited USB ports compared to ones from the Windows 8 era due to the emphasis on the thin and light design pioneered by the Macbook Air.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
What can I say?
Yes, I'm painfully aware of the limited I/O ports on new laptops, and I'm also very glad that I don't have to buy one.
I have two laptops set up as semi-permanent PC's and I have a USB HUB on both. For instance, if I want to plug in a USB Flash Drive, it's just easier to plug it in to a HUB than fiddle around plugging it in to the laptop itself.

Recently, I bought a new USB Hub, that has three USB ports on it and 4 Memory Card slots. Very handy!

Good luck Mate!
:cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64
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