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Downgrading pavilion 23-b010

Hi Everyone,

I am wondering if anyone has downgraded this model in particular. In talking to support I was told that the bios does not have a legacy setting, only UEFI. can anyone confirm?   Second, If I do have the ability to try a downgrade it appears there are no drivers for this machine using windows 7.  Are most win 7 drivers compatible with 8 or am I out of luck if the drivers were not written for that machine?

This whole attempt is to help out my inlaws who made a huge jump in OS from XP to 8 and are really at wits end. Another option might be to use Classic Shell or something similar to help them out.

Opinions and any help is greatly appreciated.

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Big_Dave
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Re: Downgrading pavilion 23-b010

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Hi,

 

Downgrading a Windows 8 PC to Windows 7 is not recommended.

 

If you boot into the bios (f10) and look under the Security Topics -- Secure Boot Configuration you should discover a screen that will allow you to set legacy mode to enable and Secure boot to disable. Also, Disable fast boot.HP Secure Boot Windows 8 Topics   

 

The issue you will find is locating Windows 7 drivers.

 

I prefer to use Start8 verses Classic Shell but each has its own goods and bads.

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Re: Downgrading pavilion 23-b010

To build on what Dave has stated;

 

If you wish to go down the Windows 7 path, you  will need to purchase a copy of Windows7 with a COA and valid, unused product key to install Windows 7.

 

Make sure you create your HP Recovery Discs or USB Flash Recovery media before modifying or changing ANYTHING.

 

HP doesn't recommend the installation of Windows 7 on your HP Pavilion 23-b010 All-in-One Desktop Computer nor will it support the installation of Windows 7 on your computer. HP will not provide Windows 7 drivers and suitable drivers may not be available for the hardware in the computer. Also, Windows 7 may not support some of the hardware or software features designed for the computer. You will also lose the use of all "HP value added software" included with  your computer.

 

Once Windows 7 is fully installed, we will need to locate drivers from a similar pre-Windows 8 model or you can use generic manufacturer's drivers from AMD (chipset, USB3.0, and graphics), Realtek (LAN, HD Audio, and Card Reader), and Ralink/MediaTek (WLAN).

 

If you have any issues or concerns, please post back.

 

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Re: Downgrading pavilion 23-b010

Hi,

 

Should you decide to go with Windows 7, then if you do have driver issues you will need to post the hardware IDs so that the appropriate driver for the specific piece of hardware can be located.  We might even have to locate a HP specific driver instead of a generic.

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Re: Downgrading pavilion 23-b010

Thanks Big Dave,

I appreciate the input and opinions from you and lasvegaswireman. right now I am leaning towards trying the classic shell or start 8. I don't want this to be a long project. If I start down the long path you will be hearing from me.

 

  Appreciated.

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