05-30-2009 07:59 PM
As many owners of this model/series know, there are significant hardware concerns HP has had to step-up and fix...(and kudos to HP for addressing all of the hardware issues my unit has experienced without question!)
Software, however, has never been a concern. Since vista rolled out the compatibilty checker and settings option, I have been able to run my favorite out-of-circulation design software unique to windows98. Windows7 has only improved this experience.
This model runs Win7 flawlessly. Thank goodness MS didn't force another industry-wide hardware upgrade panic to run the new, post-vista standards, os.
05-30-2009 08:16 PM
This unit accepted the challenge and seamlessly executed the upgrade installation to Windows 7 RC. Running my unit with 2.5GB RAM, AMD 64x2 processor, x84OS Vista, office 2007, acrobat 8.0, itunes, wmp...blah blah. Nothing out of the ordinary except Adobe PhotoDeluxe Business Edition 3.0. This is an all-time fav piece of photo manipulation and business-marketing templates. Many of the templates and plugins refused to install or load after Win98SE changed to WinMe. Up until Vista. I was able to install and use many of the photo manip features, but the templates and most of the photo cliparts and scratch disk setting s reamined corrupted.
Then along came Win7. Using the compatibility settings and selecting Win98 and the last successful OS the software used, I now have 99% of the complete software package available to use. And boy does it fly!
Reinstalling your favorite old-school software may require a little finesse, but really try it out!
06-09-2009 11:48 AM - last edited on 06-09-2009 11:49 AM by WendyM
I’m glad to hear that Windows 7 is working well for you. It’s always great to hear that it’s actually solved problems you were having with your software before. When you get the chance, you should check out the Windows 7 forum, at microsoft.com/springboard. It provides support, "how to" video guides and several other tips and tricks to make your Windows 7 experience awesome.
02-03-2010 10:36 PM - edited 02-03-2010 10:36 PM
Any experience or luck with the dv9205us and a Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade from Vista Home Premium?
I performed the custom upgrade, and some of the hardware is outright unsupported (USB subsystem, Webcam, etc.)
Win7 is officially unsupported on this platform (which sucks, its a great laptop and Win7 is such a huge improvement over Vista), so I'm patching what I can together to make it work.
02-03-2010 11:04 PM