Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Are Win7 drivers compatible with those of Win 8 ?

13 Mar 2013   #1
pstein

win7pro 64bit
 
 
Are Win7 drivers compatible with those of Win 8 ?

I plan to buy a new notebook with pre-installed Windows 8

I don't want to use Windows 8 but use Windows 7 instead.

Can I remove Windows 8, then install Windows 7 and use the drivers from Windows 8?

Peter


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

13 Mar 2013   #2
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Maybe, if they list windows 7 drivers I would use them. I've installed Windows 7 and Windows 8 on my two desktop PC's that have ASUS motherboards and a lot of the drivers are the same for Windows 7 and 8. They will say compatible with Windows 7 x64 and Windows 8 x64 in the description and you will get the exact same download regardless of which OS you select. My new laptop came with Windows 8 but also lists Windows 7 drivers in its downloads. Before you buy just go to the support page for the one you plan to buy and see if there are Windows 7 drivers available for it. If they are dedicated Windows 8 drivers they may not install, you'll get a this OS not supported or something similar message. You could also Google that model to see if anyone tried the OS swap and ran into problems.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Are Win7 drivers compatible with those of Win 8 ?




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
downloading compatible drivers
hi guys i just bought a second hand stupid pc not worth a buck and indeed payed just some penny's and i reformatted it completely now i'm stuck by the drivers i already did a few times laptops that was very easy you go to the manufactures site and u find you'r model and u just start downloading the...
Drivers
Help! Need win7 x32 compatible graphic drivers for acer aspire e1-510
I am using a win7 x32 Ultimate on my Acer Aspire E1-510 laptop but i am not able to find any compatible graphic driver for it. Can someone please recommend me one..?
Drivers
Win7 32-bit Clean Install: Compatible ASUS Eee PC 1000H Drivers?
Apparently, this issue has been mentioned here previously. See, http://www.sevenforums.com/drivers/149308-asus-eee-pc1000h-card-reader-driver.html Generally, I am not concerned with my SD card reader as the OP of the above thread was yet, I am concerned regarding the need for appropriate...
Drivers
Non-compatible drivers?
I just got a message in the action center of this computer today saying that my Video Card drivers are not compatible with Windows 7, yet I'm having no problems with them, any idea what is going on? Video card: Intel 845G
Drivers
compatible drivers?
hey i got ASUS M3A motherboard atm, with Windows Vista OS. I am about to reformat my computer because too much junk etc. but my question is: my motherboard came with a driver and it says "vista driver inside" on the label and my pc screen says "confertifed for windows vista" the problem is can...
Drivers
Non compatible drivers with Windows 7
I want to format my laptop and I thought that windows7 would be a nice solution. However in the acer website it seems that my laptop is not compatible with Windows 7. What shall I do? Is there any trick? I am almost ignorant so if it sounds stupid I apologise Friwise
Drivers

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:33.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App