I consider buying HP Envy dv6-7200ea (which seems to be the European version of this laptop)
and I would naturally like to be able to install Windows 7 as well (I plan to use the laptop as an audio/music production workstation and Windows 8 got a terrible reputation for that use).
Op doesn't seem to be around these days so I thought I'd just ask here in case there's someone who owns it/was in the same position as me and the OP who could help me out.
1. Is it confirmed that all it takes is simply changing Boot mode in Bios to Legacy? Will it be okay if I install Windows 7 in the same disk that came with the laptop or do I have to use another? I am a bit concerned with all this new “Serial number is written in Bios” thing and I am afraid I won’t be able to use Windows 7 even if I manage to install it.
2. Then there’s the drivers
thing… Was anyone able to locate all the right ones, using the laptop without BSOD or other driver
related problems? I saw online that using Pavilion dv6-7000/ dv6t-7000 (previous model) could do the job but given the HP "you are alone" policy I am trying to find out for sure.
3. What do you think of the laptop in general? Would you recommend it? What about heat/noise? As I’ve said, I intend to use it for music production so it’s important to be as quiet as possible. Also there's another thing troubling us musicians known as DC Latency. It is possible that even a great laptop suffers from DPC Latency problems making it virtually useless for music production applications. If anyone who has purchased the laptop in question could do a little test for me by downloading and running DPC Latency Checker for a minute or so and post the results I would be more than grateful. DPC Latency Checker
The program is completely safe (you can check it out online in case you are worried) and you don't even need to install it, just running it once would do.
I tried to do the test myself by asking the shop owner if it'd be possible to take the tool in a usb drive and run it in the shop before I purchase it (as it is advised to do) but he denied. I know Macbook Pro is usually advised for my intended use but I can't afford this at this point and since I've found the laptop in question in a relatively good price any advice would be useful.
Thanks a lot for your time.