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2000-2b19WM Laptop - Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7

My sister recently purchased a 2000-2b19WM laptop with Windows 8 and doesn't care for the new O.S. and would like to switch back to Windows 7. A few questions:

 

 - Is this possible? Is the 2000-2b19WM compatible with WIN7?

 

 - If so, what drivers will I need to locate for WIN7 in order for the laptop to work properly or will most work already?

 

 - If not, where can I find the drivers I will need to perform the downgrade?

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banhien
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Re: 2000-2b19WM Laptop - Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7

Hi,

 

Is there any reason behind this ? Sooner or later you have to live with THAT devil, you can use Classic Shell to give your machine a look, touch and feel like Windows 7 by using a small progam which you can download from the following link:

 

   http://www.classicshell.net/

 

Finding right, working drivers is a pain actually.

 

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Re: 2000-2b19WM Laptop - Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7

Hi,

Microsoft allows downgrade from windows 8 Pro to windows 7 Pro. as per the specs i found for your PC, there is no PRO version on your PC. in order to avail win7 downgrade option you need to 1st upgrade teh OS to win 8 Pro from microsoft and than go for downgrade to win7(Microsoft can support on this).

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=120&prodSeriesId=...

 

this product is not designed/tested on windows 7, hence no drivers for the windows 7 on model support page. however you should be able to use most of the drivers from a previous cycle product in same series.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?os=4063&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&sw_lang=&product=5273...

 

hope it helps, good Luck !!!!

 

 

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What is the cost of upgrading to PRO?

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You may contact Microsoft to get this info. I guess it depends country to country. Upgrade assistant can help too.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8

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Here is an article about downgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 7

 

 

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Re: 2000-2b19WM Laptop - Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7

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Downgrading this machine to Windows 7 is possible. Its not particularly difficult, just time consuming.

 

You'll need to obtain the following:

 

win 7 drivers - http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=5275377&...

 

Everything you need is there except the SM Bus driver.. which you will have to get from AMD directly.

from THIS link http://www2.ati.com/drivers/13-1_vista_win7_win8_32-64_sb.exe

 

Save these drivers to a USB flash drive.  This laptop will not have internet connectivity until the network drivers are installed.

 

You will need to obtain an OEM copy of what ever flavor of Windows 7 you wish to install (Home, Pro, Ultimate, etc.)

You're local mom and pop computer store that builds and sells computers should be able to set you up with one (you'll probably have to buy a mouse or something to satisfy the hardware sales requirement for OEM)

 

5 DVD's to backup your current Windows 8 configuration (just in case something goes wrong).

 

What you'll need to do:

1. First use the HP Recovery Manager to create Windows 8 restore DVD's from the laptops Recovery partition. Just in case for some reason something goes wrong during the downgrade or if you ever want to go back to windows 8. During the downgrade the Recovery partition on the hard drive will be removed, so if you don't do this now, you'll have to order them from HP if you ever want to go back to 8.

 

2. go in to PC settings from the charms bar select GENERAL, and scroll down to advanced start up options... choose the option that lets you enter BIOS.  in there you will change the boot section to "LEGACY BOOT" (don't worry about the warning that pops up) and set the first boot device to the internal DVD ROM drive. Put your Windows 7 DVD in the drive and hit F10 to save the changes and reboot. the PC should boot from the DVD and begin windows 7 setup.

 

3. When setup gets to the part about where it asks Where You Want To Install Windows 7, Delete ALL the partitions listed, then create a new primary partition, and continue the install.  Windows 7 will NOT install with any of the original partitions left in place.

 

4. After installation completes and windows is activated, install the drivers.. starting with the chipset driver, and video drivers first. The rest can be installed in whatever order you wish..

 

5. Download and Install Service Pack 1 from microsoft here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5842  choose the second from the bottom (the windows 6.1 x64 version)

 

THEN 

install internet explorer 10.. from here.. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36806

 

Once that is all done,

head over to http://www.ninite.com

tick the programs you want from the ones available, and click the get installer button.. it will download and install the programs you choose all in one automated sweep... this saves alot of time.

 

Thats all there is too it...  

 

To go back to 8, just jump back in to bios, disable legacy boot and boot from DVD 1 of your windows 8 recovery disks made earlier. and itll be right back how it was when it was new out of the box.

 

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Re: 2000-2b19WM Laptop - Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7

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Hi,

 

Thanks for the great guidelines. I tried them out and all went swimmingly, UNTIL I stumbled across the realization that my DVDRAM GT80N SATA reader/writer wasn't present in the configuration (it disappeared sometime after the installation process). It showed an error 39, and an update of the driver, including online search are unsuccessful.

 

There were a number of recommendations about modifying filters in the registry, but I preferred not to do that. Eventually I found a web entry relative to code 39 and the DVD driver (look using the Microsoft driver version) that recommended running Dr Fix-it from Microsoft (http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/).

 

It did find the drive issue, and after wanting me to remove the drive (not possible), and reboot, I realized it was asking to just go "next". I did, and Dr Fix-it discovered unrecognized filters in the registry and fixed them in a Kosher Microsoft manner. The drive reappeared, and all was well.

 

A tad obtuse when I ran into this, but glad Microsoft had a way of recovering the situation. The result? Fully running Win7pro on the 2b19WM with no known issues.   :-)

 

Thanks for the great guidance!!

 

Thanks, Don 

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Re: 2000-2b19WM Laptop - Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7

I have all the drivers installed and working great in Windows 7. The only problem I have is I no longer have the on-screen volume display when i change the sound volume. Is there any way to get that back?

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