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ThatGuy

New Member
Hi,

I'm confused about what drivers I have installed on my laptop. I wanted to check if the drivers are compatible with windows 7.

I bought a Razer blade 14 notebook that came with windows 8 and was dissatisfied with it, so I thought I'd try and downgrading from windows 8 (not pro) to windows 7 home premium. I have a windows 7 home premium key and a windows 7 home premium 64bit installation iso file. I'm fairly sure I can figure out how to "burn?"(Not sure if it's the right term) it onto a flash drive and I think I can install 7 using guides, but the problem with most other laptops that I've changed the OS is that once I've installed 7 I don't know which drivers to install. For example, I attempted a clean system reinstallation on another laptop and didn't know what touchpad driver to install, nor did I know what network drivers I needed. I'd like to prevent that problem before installing a new OS on this laptop, and I've looked it up and one of the sites stated the drivers were from all the submenus in Device Manager. But there are tons and most with generic names.

In the downgrade process I've only disabled SecureBoot so far. I still have my Windows 8 up and running.

I guess my main issue is not knowing what drivers to install after windows 7 installation. I apologize for my lack of knowledge of computer OSs and I don't even know if this is the right question to ask nor if this is the proper forum section to post this in.

I won't be replying for a few hours as I have to go to sleep. But thanks in advance.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Razer

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
    Family F
    Extended Family 14
    Model 2
    Extended Model 2
    Stepping 0
    Revision ON-C0
    Instruction
    Browser
    Opera 24.0
    Antivirus
    Avast Internet Security

Wullail

Active Member
Pro User

I have never had any luck with drivermax , it ALWAYS gives error 71762 'invalid driver file for <name of hardware> please try another driver'

Every single time without fail...
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Memory
    6 GB
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 1024
    Hard Drives
    12 TB in 6 disks
    PSU
    TX650
    Keyboard
    G15
    Mouse
    Intellimouse 3.0
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbits
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Trend Micro
DriverMax works just fine for me. :dinesh:

Instead of DriverMate you should try DriverMax ?

I have never had any luck with drivermate ...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
    Family F
    Extended Family 14
    Model 2
    Extended Model 2
    Stepping 0
    Revision ON-C0
    Instruction
    Browser
    Opera 24.0
    Antivirus
    Avast Internet Security

imps666

Tech support officer
Member
when i downgraded my old laptop from 8 to 7 I used Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool, it writes to the usb stick in a format where it starts up on bootup to install 7. its fast especially if you have usb 3.0 hubs which the Razer Blade does. The whole set up to from boot to finished install was about 35 minutes unlike reading a disk where it would have taken about an hour.

Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool does require an ISO file to execute the image creation (which you say you have).

download it from here

Hope this helps

I now have a older laptop with windows 8.1 on it as I like the model :D
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron N5110
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 2410M @ 2.30GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc
    Memory
    8.00GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    OCZ VERTEX 4 64gb 6mbs SSD

    466GB Western Digital Red. Installed In DVD bay

I have never had any luck with drivermax , it ALWAYS gives error 71762 'invalid driver file for <name of hardware> please try another driver'

Every single time without fail...
Last edited by Wullail; 1 Hour Ago at 06:48 AM. Reason: spelling

I use it and NEVER get an error message.

You use it and, "Every single time without fail..." you get an error message.

What would this situation make people think ?

It leads me to believe that I am using DriverMax (not drivermate or drivermax) correctly and you are not.

It is not good to blame a program for producing errors simply because one cannot use it properly.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
    Family F
    Extended Family 14
    Model 2
    Extended Model 2
    Stepping 0
    Revision ON-C0
    Instruction
    Browser
    Opera 24.0
    Antivirus
    Avast Internet Security

theog

VIP Member
VIP Member
Gold Member
Check Razer web site for driver here:

Razer Blade 14": The World's Thinnest Gaming Laptop - Razer United States

Razer drive.PNG


Welcome to EightForums



1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13326-downgrade-windows-8-windows-7-a.html
Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

Make sure you read the NOTE at Step three.

2) If Using a USB Pen drive on a PC with a UEFI BIOS.
USB Pen drive need to be formatted to FAT32 as in
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15458-uefi-bootable-usb-flash-drive-create-windows.html
Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.


You will need to buy Windows 7.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

ThatGuy

New Member
Thanks for all the replies.

So I take it that the razer site has all of the drivers I'd need?

I also don't really understand step 3 in Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7.
I do get the disabling SecureBoot but not much else. I'm guessing that I should check my CSM settings?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Razer

ThatGuy

New Member
After a bit of researching I've found that some drivers are incompatible with windows 7 for the notebook with effects such as rendering the fn hotkeys useless. I decided not to take the trade-off and instead stay with Windows 8.
Thanks anyways.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Razer

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