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02-03-2017 02:41 AM
i'm currently using hp pavilion 14-ac103nx pre-installed with windows 10 and i want to know if my device would be compatible with Windows 7, because I'm planning on formatting my device. I just want to know if switching to another windows version will affect the applications that comes with this laptop for example: the front camera or the usb drivers etc. because i'm more comfortable in using windows 7 than windows 10. i hope you could answer my question. i'm afraid of switching from windows 10 to 7 because i don't know what will happen to my laptop's hardwares or softwares.
P.S. I'm not that good when it comes to this kind of things so it would be great help if you could answer my questions. Thanks in advance.
02-03-2017 08:57 AM
Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!
Apps that come from the Windows Store will not work in Win7, because those are not supported.
As to drivers, here is the HP drivers and software page for your PC: http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/is-hp-pavilion-14-ac103nx-compat...
When you open it, it will probably show Win10, but you can CHANGE it to show Win7. You should download all those drivers before you attempt to install Win7.
However, there is the possibility that Win7 still will not work on your PC, so you should seriously consider making recovery media using a third-party utility BEFORE you make the switch. That way, if it goes badly, you will have something to restore FROM.
My suggestion is you consider using a third-party solution known as Macrium Reflect (MR).
I prefer to use third-party recovery solutions for the following reasons:
1) More flexibility and reliabilty -- can make recovery media as often as you like, not restricted to one attempt, which if it fails, then you are stuck.
2) More media options -- can create media in DVD, USB stick, or external drive format
3) Mounting option -- can "mount" the save images as virtual "drives" and extract individual files and folders
4) WinPE boot option -- can install a special boot option that allows you to boot to recovery information and do a repair or restore from there -- when Windows will not boot
What I recommend is the following:
1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR) from here: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive, USB stick, or DVDs
3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CD
My experience is that MR, when using the High Compression option, typically can compress the saved image file to about 50% of the USED space in the OS partition. This means if you have an 80GB OS partition, and 40GB is used, MR only needs about 20GB to store the image file.
NOW, you have the means to restore a full working system from the external drive, USB or DVDs stick in only a few minutes.
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