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10-17-2016 09:30 AM
The hard drive crashed on our HP Pavilion p7-1430 and we do not have the original Windows 8 OEM software that came wi the PC. I have legal copy of Windows 7 Professional I tried to install on a new hard drive after I disabled Secure Boot but when the Windows 7 DVD loads up many times either the keyboard or mouse or both do not work. Is this because the BIOS (and drivers ) that came with the PC work with Windows 8 only? Is there a work around for this so I can install Windows 7 on a new hard drive from scratch?
10-17-2016 09:57 AM
When Windows 10 was installed on your computer, a "fingerprint" of your computer was registered at Microsoft.
This "fingerprint" entitles you to reinstall Windows 10 _without_ the requirement to enter a 25-character license-key.
Download Windows 10 for free: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
on another computer, and write a DVD disk. Boot your computer from that DVD disk.
It will be the "generic" Windows 10, i.e., no HP-specific software that came with the original Windows 8.
At the site: http://support.hp.com enter your model-number to search for HP-specific updates & software.
10-17-2016 12:42 PM
If the mouse and KB are freezing during the W7 installation, make sure you have them plugged into the PC's USB 2 ports.
The USB 3 ports won't work until after windows is installed and you install the USB 3 drivers.
You should be able to use all of the W7 drivers from this model on yours, except the BIOS and firmware files.
10-17-2016 01:22 PM
> can I install Windows 7 on a new hard drive from scratch?
Yes, as others have said.
Just remember that Windows 7 will hit its "sunset" in January 2020 -- Microsoft will stop issuing security-fixes.
At that time, you'll need to use your current entitlement, to install Windows 10.
So, given that you have a "blank" disk-drive, why not install Windows 10 now,
rather than struggling to "upgrade" from Windows 7 to Windows 10 in January 2020?