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HP Pavilion Sleekbook b030el and Windows 7

Product: HP Pavilion Sleekbook b030el


A friend of mine has just bought a HP Pavilion Sleekbook b030el
Sadly, HP officially supports only Windows 8 for this computer.


I think Windows 8  is - by far - the worse Microsoft operative system ever released. Worse than Vista. Worse than Millenium Edition, too. Definitely. It's completely unusable and useless on anything but a tablet, and existing OSes for tablets are by far better than Windows 8 on these kind of devices.

Is there a quick way to know if Pavillion Sleekbook 15-b030el hardware is fully supported by Windows 7?
Many thanks.

 

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Re: HP Pavilion Sleekbook b030el and Windows 7

Hi:

 

I, and many other folks couldn't agree more.

 

All MS had to do was to allow us to check a simple box to enable the Windows 7 desktop that we are used to.

 

There are 3rd party programs that allow you to add the start orb and programs list, so it is just a registry hack of some sort.

 

I just don't get it...they could have had the best of both worlds...keep us happy that don't have touch screens or tablet PC's, and offer the latest and greatest apps type interface for those that do.

 

That is pretty much my only gripe with W8. It boots up faster than windows 7, I'll tell you that.  That was one of the first things I noticed about it when I tested the beta.

 

Anyway, to answer your question...looking at the hardware in your PC, it shouldn't be any problem to move to Windows 7.

 

If you contemplate doing that, copy the SWSetup folder from the C:\ drive as that contains the program and driver installation files that came with your PC, and you can pick and choose the programs you want to reinstall on your W7 installation. You will lose Office 2010 starter and there is no place to download it.

 

Look at the name of your wireless adapter in the device manager so you know what W7 driver it needs.

 

I can help you find the drivers if you get stuck.  Some folks are finding that the W8 drivers from their notebook's support and driver pages work on W7.

 

I would prefer to install the W7 drivers, but that is up to you.

 

Paul

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Re: HP Pavilion Sleekbook b030el and Windows 7

Ok, that's very clear, thank you very much.

 

Just one more thing.

 

As I wrote, the laptop I'm talking about is not mine.

If possible, I would like to leave the recovery partition in place, to be able to re-install W8 if something goes wrong.

 

The hard drive is partitioned this way:

  1. 400MB WINRE partition (OEM, reserved)
  2. 260MB  unlabeled partition (System)
  3. 128MB unlabeled partition (MSR, reserved)
  4. 448.9GB partition (primary)
  5. 16.1GB RECOVERY partition (OESM, reserved)

Which partitions is it safe to delete? Which have to be left?

Should I simply install W7 on partition #4?

 

 

Thank you in advance.

 

 

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You're very welcome.

 

There should be a program (app) in the all apps menu to make a set of recovery DVD's.

 

I highly recommend doing that before doing anything else.

 

I only know that if you install W7 on the C:\ partition, the recovery manager won't work.

 

I don't know what would happen if you install it anywhere else.

 

I have no experience there.

 

I delete every partition on my PC's and install the OS on one big partition.

 

I don't use recovery disks or partitions. I install clean with an OEM or retail windows disk.

 

With Windows 8, you need to be very careful, as there is no product key, and one either uses recovery disks or the partition, or they will have to purchase a new operating system.

 

The product key is now embedded in the BIOS, making the Windows COA stickers obsolete.

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Pippero
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Re: HP Pavilion Sleekbook b030el and Windows 7

Oh, that's why I couldn't find the serial number.

It seems to me much more like a cancer than an operative system

:-\

 

I'll do the recovery DVD procedure and wipe out the entire disk.

 

Thank you very much, again.

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You're very welcome.

 

If you need help finding any drivers, just post back with the hardware ID's.

 

Paul

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Successful mission!

After tweaking a couple of BIOS settings it was possible to run W7 setup from an USB DVD drive.

After install I have found all the needed drivers (some from HP, some from Intel, some from Microsoft and some from C:\SWSetup).

 

It's definitely possible to install Windows 7 on the HP Sleekbook b030el.

 

Thanks!

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That is great news!

 

You're most welcome.

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Re: HP Pavilion Sleekbook b030el and Windows 7

Hi, is there a chance that you could remember witch bios options did you change to get the instalation runing, because all i get is a black screen after rebooting, and when i try to instal from windows i get an error when the setup starts. I have set the usb 3.0 option in bios to auto and still morning.
thank you in advance :smileywink:
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Re: HP Pavilion Sleekbook b030el and Windows 7

Hi:

 

There should be a setting in the BIOS to enable legacy mode.

 

I know you need to enable that in order to install W7.

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