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05-08-2013 09:08 AM
I have an HP 6T-1200 CTO system on order.
It has an i7-3517u CPU and a Radeon HD 8750M w/ 2GB DDR3 memory, 4GB RAM, 500GB/5400RPM HDD, 32GB mSSD Cache, bluetooth and WIDI.
I may be forced to revert back to Windows 7. Since this system was released with Windows 8 it has no drivers directly available for Windows 7. Other than the network drivers it appears that the motherboard in this system is very similar to the one in the 4-1030us system. Will the Windows 7 drivers for that system work with the 6t-1200?
The network drivers appear to be very different for the two systems. The broadcom drivers have been replaced by Qualcomm drivers. And there are no Intel drivers listed for the 6T-1200. Will I need them?
Is there anything that will prevent me from loading Windows 7 and having a fully functional ultrabook?
05-08-2013 09:19 AM
One crucial thing is that you have mSATA and HDD in the PC which works as Raid. at the time of OS installation, HDD may not be detected unless you have the correct storage drivers for the PC. (At the installation drive patition selection).
you may need to extract the drivers and install them at the time of OS installation.
1) Prepare Raid Drivers for windows OS.
- Download the Intel Rapid storage drivers from hp.com. for example if its SP55101.exe :
- run the downloaded sp55101.exe file on a working PC which will extract the drivers to default location. c:\swsetup\sp55101 (Default) folder.
- Copy the folder named “Drivers” from location C:\SwSetup\SP55101 to a USB drive.
2) Connect the USB while starting the OS installation.
3) When prompted to install HDD drivers, select driver from the saved folder and you should be able to see the HDD for OS installation.
without these drivers OS installation may not list teh drives or may not complete the OS installation because mSATA is configured as RAID along with HDD.
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05-08-2013 09:21 AM
I have already answered your question at the link below.
No one is going to tell you what you want to hear--that you will have no problems installing W8 on your notebook.
I have already informed you exactly what I expect the major issue to be...Video.
Also, the 6t notebook model I posted W7 drivers for is a far better match for drivers than the 4-1030us.
05-08-2013 09:22 AM - edited 05-08-2013 09:39 AM
Create the HP Recovery Discs before modifying or changing ANYTHING.
You will need to DISABLE "Secure Boot" and ENABLE "Legacy Support" in the BIOS and save those changes.
Most of the HP ENVY Ultrabook 4-1030us drivers should work on the HP 6T-1200 CTO Ultrabook. It is possible that some of the drivers will not install because of system requirement checks in the driver installers. The Qualcomm drivers can be sourced from other HP units.The Realtek LAN driver is the other network driver and it is on the HP 4-1030u list. What Intel drivers are missing???
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05-08-2013 09:32 AM
Prior to doing a downgrade. You will want to print a full list of all components on the unit and verify that you are able to get drivers that support the win 7 platform. If you need further assistance please let us know.
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05-08-2013 10:05 AM
I would prefer to stay with Windows 8. However I will be working on a project with a developer using Windows 7 OS and SW compilers. I expect his tools to work under Windows 8 but want to be prepared to go back to Windows 7 if necessary.
I have a spare copy of Windows 7 Ultimate I can use. My plan would be to install a larger mSATA (128GB) to use as the primary (C drive and relegate the HDD to mass storage only.
==> Paul_Tikkanen - I appologize, I thought you had pointed me to drivers for a DV6 system, not a 6t system.
As Paul points out the video drivers are my main concern. I will need to be able to use the HD 8750M graphics but want to be able to switch back to the 4000 graphics when it is not needed.
The Intel drivers that are "missing" - I was referring to Windows 7 having Intel drivers for Rapid Start Technology and USB 3.0 Host controller. These drivers are not listed for the 6t-1200 with Windows 8.
05-08-2013 10:22 AM - edited 05-08-2013 10:24 AM
I believe that Windows 8 has those intel drivers native to its driver database where W7 does not.
That is why you probably don't see any W8 drivers listed for those devices on the support page for your PC.
If the W8 AMD video driver happens to work on W7, you should be fine, but I am very concerned that it won't.