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Windows 7: Will Vista Drivers work fine on Windows 7?


14 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Will Vista Drivers work fine on Windows 7?

Hi, I have a Sony VAIO vgn-cr35s and I changed my hard drive since the previous one broke. And now my new hard drive is running Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit version 6.1 (build 7600) I just wanted to know if the drivers of Windows Vista will work on 7? Because I'm about to download the Ati Radeon X2300 driver from the Sony site but I just wanted to know if it'll work

Thanks in advance!

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14 Jan 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Matter of trying. Some do work, some don't.
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14 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)
 
 

If it won't work, try running different versions of Catalyst pack in Compatibility mode. Using this trick I have managed to install Vista drivers on some older machines with Windows 7 and
even with Windows 8!
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14 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Most should but you may find some that don't. Most everything (major anyway) has /Vista7 drivers now anyway.
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14 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Most likely yes, they should run properly, since in fact Vista and 7 share the very same kernel (where the drivers work) with only minor modifications and cosmetic changes mostly.
The best is to search for Windows 7 drivers, but if you can't find, trying with Vista, Win8, 2008 or 2012 should do too.
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14 Jan 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

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14 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
Most likely yes, they should run properly, since in fact Vista and 7 share the very same kernel (where the drivers work) with only minor modifications and cosmetic changes mostly.
The best is to search for Windows 7 drivers, but if you can't find, trying with Vista, Win8, 2008 or 2012 should do too.

I was going to say something to that effect i think the only difference is the aero feature to be honest and a better file system
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14 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

A lot of times they are the same driver.
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14 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
A lot of times they are the same driver.

Let me throw this out there from what I have seen from MS is they tend to pair OS that are back to back to each other like 95/98/me then NT/2000/XP Vista/Windows 7

Im not sure if i stand correct on when NT was with what I never used it so couldn't really remember

But that is the layout i have seen and I really think Vista was a Beta 7 along with Mojavie that people probably forgot about which was another upgraded vista turning into windows 7

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Microsof...news-2133.html
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15 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Thank you all for replying! I was just trying to verify if it was really ok... since I heard some of my friends having BSOD when they install a new driver... and I'm kind of scared of getting that.... >_<
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