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Sivajith
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Downgrade 8.1 to Windows 7 in HP ENVY TouchSmart 15-j005se

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Dear all,

 

I have a HP ENVY TouchSmart 15-j005se laptop running in Windows 8.1 Sinle language. I already have a purchased Windows 7 Professional x64. I tried to downgrade my OS to Windows 7 Pro. I prfer in UEFI installation, so create a OS installation USB in UEFI mode in GPT partition and enabled legacy in BIOS. Then the installer is booting from the USB device and everything is going well till it reaches to the HDD partition window. I can't see my HDD on the installer window. I already have a HDD with 4 visible partion, C (OS), D (Data), E (Recovery) and 100 MB system in FAT 32. i want to format only my C, because D cantains all my data backup. I tried to browe intel Storage driver, still it is not detecting my HDD. 

 

Can any one please help to downgrade, i really want to switch back to Windows 7 Pro.

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This thread should come in handy:

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-Systems-and-Software/Windows-7-Upgrade-Guide-for-dv6...

Wish you luck,
Karthik

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Hi Karthik,

 

Do you think you directed me to the right page ?, it contains 46 pages, i go through 10 pages and didn't found anybody is discussing about this issue. Please remember my issue is my HDD is not showing in the format window during Win 7 installation. So i can't format my HDD and can't continue the installation.

 

- Sivajith

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Any body here to help !!!!!!!!

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Please refer to the instructions and photos I have given in HP Forum thread HP Envy 17, Win 8.1 and Win7 dual boot. While there may be an excess of information in that thread, it should get Windows 7 installed on your computer.

 

Download the Intel "f6flpy-x64.zip" file from Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) RAID Driver and extract it to a new folder. Name the folder "Intel RST F6" and place it on a clean USB Flash Drive. Download all of the Windows 7 drivers from the HP ENVY 15t-j100 Quad Edition CTO Notebook PC Drivers page and place them on the same USB Flash Drive.

 

From square one;

 

1)  Turn on the computer and immediately start tapping the "ESC" key.

2)  When the MENU comes up, press the "F10" key.

3)  Navigate the BIOS to "System Configuration", "USB 3.0 Config in Pre-OS" and set to "Auto".

4)  Navigate the BIOS to  "System Configuration", "Boot Options" and set "Secure Boot" to "Disabled" and set "Legacy Support" to "Enabled".

5)  Press "F10" and click "YES" to "Exit Saving Changes"

6)  Computer should restart and display "Operating System Boot Mode Change"... type the four digit code and press "ENTER".

7)  Let Windows 8 boot-up and place the Windows 7 SP1 media in the DVD drive or USB port, then log-off / shutdown.

😎  Turn on the computer and immediately start tapping the "ESC" key.

9)  When the MENU comes up, press the "F9" key and then select the correct UEFI boot source (Internal CD/DVD drive, USB CD/DVD drive, USB Flash drive, etc.)... Press any key to boot CD/DVD, if prompted.

10)  Select "Language", "Time / Currency", and "Keyboard" settings and then click "Next"

11)  Click "Install Now"... check "Accept Terms" and click "Next". Click "Custom (Advanced)". 

12)  Insert USB Flash Drive with divers and click "Load Driver". Click "Browse". Select "Intel RST F6" folder on USB Flash Drive and click "OK"... Leave "Hide drivers that aren't compatible..." checked. Should list one driver... "Intel Mobile Express Chipset SATA Raid Controller (iaStorAC.inf)" or "Intel Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller (iaAHCIC.inf)" and click "Next".

13)  "Where do you want to install Windows 7???" Select "Disk / Partition" with "Unallocated Space" you created earlier and click "Next" or format and select a partition.

14)  Follow all prompts and answer as needed. Enter Windows 7 key when requested.

15)  Install the drivers that were previously downloaded.

 

After installing the drivers, please post the Windows Device Manager's "Hardware Ids" (just the text) for all remaining missing or unknown devices as shown in the example below;

 

device manager.png

 

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

 

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HP p6130y - Windows 7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6450
HP p6320y - Windows 7, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GT 240
HP p7-1026 - Windows 7, 6GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6450
HP p6787c - Windows 7, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GT 240
HP ENVY x360 m6-w103dx - Windows 10, 8GB RAM, Intel HD 520
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Hi,

 

Thank you for your help, that works. Now i can able to see my HDD, Hope i am near to finish. Now my HDD shows a lot of partitions. 

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I am confused to delete the partitions. My system now have a Windows 8.1 OS. In this i need only the partition 6, which contains all my data. Rest drive i can format. Before proceeding further i need an expert advice. Should i format all the other drives? Also if i need to keep a working recovery partition which are the drives i need to keep. Please let me know.

 

Windows 7 64 bit drivers my laptops are already available in HP website. So hope that will best apt for me. 

 

- Siva

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Make sure you create your Windows 8.1 HP Recovery Discs or USB Flash Recovery media before modifying or changing ANYTHING.

 

Once you have created your HP Recovery Media, you can install Windows 7 on "Disk 0 Part 4: Windows". This is the old Windows 8.1 install that came with the computer. The HP Recovery Media you created can be used to return the computer to a factory like state if you encounter issues or wish to use Windows 8.1.

 

You can delete all of the partitions and combine back into a single partition if you wish, however I do not recommend doing so.

 

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

 

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HP a1632x - Windows 7, 4GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6450
HP p6130y - Windows 7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6450
HP p6320y - Windows 7, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GT 240
HP p7-1026 - Windows 7, 6GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6450
HP p6787c - Windows 7, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GT 240
HP ENVY x360 m6-w103dx - Windows 10, 8GB RAM, Intel HD 520
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That works.... thank you.. 

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