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Windows 7: win 7 pro install, need chipset drivers

24 Nov 2017   #1
win2036

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
win 7 pro install, need chipset drivers

Hi,
I purchased a new mini-PC with Windows 7pro installed, but I had to reinstall to change the language
I have no experience so I did not save the drivers, but managed to modify the installation USB to include USB3 drivers (the motherboard only has USB3.1 ports)
Then I discovered that the manufacturer only supports Win10, and Intel only provides drivers for Win10
So, the vendor installed a fully functional Win7, but it seems very complicated to do the same
My first concern is to install the chipset drivers, I wondered if I can try the Win10 version or use the latest Win7 drivers from Intel
I'm posting the details of the configuration




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24 Nov 2017   #2
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

It is unlikely that the Windows 10 drivers would work with Windows 7. Not only that, but your computer has a 7th Gen Kaby Lake CPU. So even if you can get Windows 7 installed and working, you won't be able to get Windows updates.

About the only way you could install Windows 7 on this machine AND get Windows updates is to install some other OS, and then run Windows 7 in a virtual machine in that OS. But that is a lot of hassle to go through, unless you have a specific reason for wanting to do it.

If it was me, I would ask for my money back on the computer, since you can't get Windows updates with a Kaby Lake CPU.
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24 Nov 2017   #3
Urthboundmisfit

Win 10 Pro x64, Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post

If it was me, I would ask for my money back on the computer, since you can't get Windows updates with a Kaby Lake CPU.
I concur. However the Windows Update problem is an easy fix, just Google "Zeffy Patch Kaby Lake"
I'd be more concerned with the lack of driver/BIOS/firmware etc support and also whether my OS is legit or pirated.

YMMV.
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24 Nov 2017   #4
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

A mini PC? To me that spells "Proprietary Hardware" and proprietary drivers, written only for that one PC.

Any time you buy a PC that is outside the standards, you suffer the problem of ever being able to upgrade to a newer OS, because there are NO drivers for it.

I have one little Netbook here, that came with Windows XP on it. I backed it up before trying Windows 7 on it. That was a drivers disaster. Then I tried Windows 8.1, and again, even though 8.1 has a GREAT set of drivers, for most common hardware, it was not well suited to my little Netbook.
Finally I tried Windows 10 and it just didn't like my Netbook at all, so after a Ghost Restore, I'm back to running Window XP and loving the way the little Netbook runs everything I need it to run.

Good Luck Mate, and Happy Holidays!
TechnoMage
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24 Nov 2017   #5
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

TM: Ever tried Linux on your netbook?
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24 Nov 2017   #6
win2036

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Hi guys, thank you for your replies.

I also have a Netbook, luckily it is Win7, and I wanted to upgrade my hardware without upgrading to a heavier OS, otherwise there won't be much benefit (I understand better optimisation can improve performance, but the more I know about Win10 the less I like it)
So I plunged when I saw the miniPC because it corresponds to my needs. I did not expect all this trouble, but I "embraced" the chance to learn more, plus I am stubborn

Now, the configuration is tailored for the format, but components are actually mainstream (audio chip, chipset..) the problem is that they are TOO new and Intel did not publish drivers for Win7, which seems to me a bit rude and thus I'm even more determined to stick to it :)

The OS is legit, I do have a product key, I even installed a few updates before reinstalling, so it can work.

I'll find HOW!
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24 Nov 2017   #7
RoasterMen

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-BIT
 
 

Go back to Windows 10 and save yourself some driver problems. You'll not get any support from Microsoft trying to use Kaby Lake processors on Windows 7.
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