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Windows 7: installing a windows xp driver on windows 7?

16 Aug 2010   #1
tonypham

Windows XP
 
 
installing a windows xp driver on windows 7?

I have the following computer with the necessary drivers included on this site:

Lenovo Support & downloads - Drivers and software - ThinkCentre A51, A51p, M51, S51

However, all the drivers are for Windows XP, and when I try to install them manually Devices Manager I can't even find my audio card.

Anyone have any advice on this matter?

i'm trying to do this because i'm getting a huge headache out of this "no audio output device is installed" message


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16 Aug 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

I'm sorry, but they didn't even have support for Vista audio. You probably will NOT get audio with Win 7.
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16 Aug 2010   #3
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

You can try putting them in compatibility mode, sometimes it cheaper and less headaches to buy a new sound card that has Win 7 drivers
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16 Aug 2010   #4
tonypham

Windows XP
 
 

what does compatibility mode mean? i'd rather just reinstall windows xp
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16 Aug 2010   #5
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tonypham View Post
what does compatibility mode mean? i'd rather just reinstall windows xp
Compatibility Mode
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16 Aug 2010   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Have you tried running Windows Update? Make a list of your hardware that needs drivers, and go the manufacturer for them, for example, if the audio is Realtek, go to their website and look.
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16 Aug 2010   #7
tonypham

Windows XP
 
 

wow windows update work. i have no idea why i couldn't do it manually or googled it. it didn't update because i set 7 to only install important updates
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17 Aug 2010   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Windows Update has always been useless for me, in terms of getting missing drivers, until Windows 7 came along. It found drivers for an old inkjet printer that I could never get working on Vista.
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17 Aug 2010   #9
tonypham

Windows XP
 
 

how does that work though? is windows 7 simply making their own drivers to compensate for the apathy on behalf of the original manufacturers
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17 Aug 2010   #10
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Before Win 7 came out Microsoft request hardware manufacturers that wanted to be certified Win 7 to provide drivers to MS then they could make the list. MS is still adding new drivers all the time
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