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HP ENVY dv6 Windows 8 to windows 7

I have a problem with my new Envy dv6 laptop as it comes with a default operating system windows 8, it is very good but it is not compatable with a very important software for me so i have now to downgrade to windows 7

the qustion is how could i setup the windows 7 as the laptop never boot form CD of windows 7 and when i set up windows 7 from inside the windoes a message appears to me you are doing an unlogical order and refer to GPT @ microsoft

knowing that i don't want to lose the recovery partion  as i want to go back to windows 8 later

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Message 2 of 33 (22,129 Views)

Re: HP ENVY dv6 Windows 8 to windows 7

First off, I recommend that you burn the recovery disc to DVD's for later use before doing anything else.  That way, even if you delete them off of your hard drive, you still have them.  If you install Windows 7 and delete Windows 8,  you might accidentally delete the recovery partition.

Make sure your Windows 7 includes service pack 1,  it is a great time saver to use a disc with SP1 as it can take up to an hour to install SP1 even on a new machine.

As for setting up Windows 7, this is something I am in the process of doing myself on my dv6-7229wm.  I seem to have found all of my core drivers, but I haven't completed the migration yet because of lack of time (I am going to do a dual boot of both Windows 7 and 8).

If you want the laptop to boot off of the installation DVD of Windows 7, I'm guessing your laptop works the same way mine does.  When you are starting the machine and see the HP logo, press esc a few times, and it should tell you what function (f-keys) do what (this can take a little bit, it won't be instantaneous), one of them will let you choose what device to boot off of.

Make sure you at least put a copy of your wireless or network drivers onto a USB thumb drive or something else, so you can quickly get your internet connection up and running to download and install other drivers and Windows Updates.  Windows 7 won’t support many of your devices out of box, and not having your network device will be the biggest pain in the neck.

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Re: HP ENVY dv6 Windows 8 to windows 7

You will need to change a Setting in the Bios to Lagacy support ON to install windows 7.... I found most of the Drivers , but can not find the Card reader ... Has anyone else found a Working windows 7 64bit driver for the realtek Card reader?

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Re: HP ENVY dv6 Windows 8 to windows 7

my hp dv7-7212 came with a  win8 which is different from the pro version i used  for test drive before ordering.

i disable the legacy support and set the cd drive as the first boot order, i continued pressing esc. till boot option came. i managed to get to the sellect drive for the installation and click next, but there was no drive, i hope win7 don't have drivers for that drive. so i simply changed the hard drive and follow the same procedure and that is all. before you start copy win8 driver and sofware folder from "C:\SWSetup" win 8 drivers are better on 7 than the 8 its self. i'm still looking fot the drivers for the original drive for installation, when i'm done you will hear from me. good luck

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Re: HP ENVY dv6 Windows 8 to windows 7

Thanks for the Tip about trying Win 8 drivers in Win 7. I was able to use most of the provided drivers , And Supplimented the three that failed for my envy (7229wm) with win7 drivers from the M6-1035dx

the Graphics, Lan and Wan are the only Drivers that I had to substitute. Several of the Programs also failed, but are negatible.

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Re: HP ENVY dv6 Windows 8 to windows 7

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I am doing the same procedure, changing Win8 to Win7 on my HP ENVY dv6-7229wm.  I got Win 7 to install, but you're right about the WLAN driver, etc.  Where did you find the core drivers?  I can't seem to find anything that works.


It would help if I knew the exact model numbers of the hardware.  When you run the Win8 drivers for the Ralink WLAN the info at the beginning says the drivers support these:


PCI\VEN_1814&DEV_5390="Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter"
PCI\VEN_1814&DEV_539F="Ralink RT5390 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter"
PCI\VEN_1814&DEV_3592="Ralink RT3592 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi Adapter"
PCI\VEN_1814&DEV_3090="Ralink RT3090 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter"
PCI\VEN_1814&DEV_539A="Ralink RT5390R 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter"
PCI\VEN_1814&DEV_539B="Ralink RT5390R 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter"
PCI\VEN_1814&DEV_3290="Ralink RT3290 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter"


That's a lot of different adapters!  Not sure how to determine which one my machine has or where to get the driver for that. 


What's the file name for the driver you have installed for your WLAN adapter?

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Re: HP ENVY dv6 Windows 8 to windows 7

Hello rapunzeljoy,


You may want to read this article regarding downgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 7.


I hope it helps.


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Re: HP ENVY dv6 Windows 8 to windows 7

That is obviously unhelpful.  Sending someone an article that says not to do the thing they are doing does not help them do the thing they want to do.   I was actually addressing TheXev, who has done exactly what I am trying to do and probably has the answer.  Nice job trying to discourage people from accomplishing what they need to do instead of being helpful. It makes me want to buy HP products.

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Re: HP ENVY dv6 Windows 8 to windows 7



If you are looking for a Windows 7 compatible Ralink Wireless LAN card driver, please download the 2nd item down the list, "PCI/mPCI/CB(RT2860/RT2760/RT2890/RT2790/RT306X/RT309X/RT35X2/RT539X)", from MediaTek / Ralink - Downloads - Windows. You may need to enter a name and email address to download the file. This is the latest driver directly from the chip manufacturer and is Microsoft WHQL certified. Work with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and 8.


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Re: HP ENVY dv6 Windows 8 to windows 7

Simply copy the entire driver.exe, and then install it after the system is up and running. Get your Anti-Virus installed, then install windows updates.
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