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Windows 7: Upgrading HP Laptop to Windows 7

03 Sep 2009   #1
kreesdqban

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Upgrading HP Laptop to Windows 7

If I want to upgrade my HP laptop to Win7, is there a way to get the software that came with the laptop orginally? I went to the HP website and went to the software and drivers section for my laptop but didn't see anything other than drivers and hardware specific software...


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03 Sep 2009   #2
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kreesdqban View Post
If I want to upgrade my HP laptop to Win7, is there a way to get the software that came with the laptop orginally? I went to the HP website and went to the software and drivers section for my laptop but didn't see anything other than drivers and hardware specific software...
You could upgrade it directly to windows 7, from Windows Vista. That'd mean anything you currently have installed/saved would be added to the Windows 7 install (basically just pop the DVD in while running vista, do an upgrade, wait, and it'll be easy).

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03 Sep 2009   #3
7Dreams

Windows 7 Build 7600 64bit/Ubuntu/Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGundam View Post
You could upgrade it directly to windows 7, from Windows Vista. That'd mean anything you currently have installed/saved would be added to the Windows 7 install (basically just pop the DVD in while running vista, do an upgrade, wait, and it'll be easy).

yeah, just saying, dual booting, you'll have both
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03 Sep 2009   #4
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 7Dreams View Post
yeah, just saying, dual booting, you'll have both
Yeah but you cannot upgrade to a dual-boot. This Original Poster wants to keep his HP Software (HP Webcam, HP TV, HP etc.. I have an HP laptop). This would tie the Original Poster over until HP gets Windows 7 versions out, my laptop so far only has a windows 7 version of 'HP TV Software'.

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03 Sep 2009   #5
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kreesdqban View Post
If I want to upgrade my HP laptop to Win7, is there a way to get the software that came with the laptop orginally? I went to the HP website and went to the software and drivers section for my laptop but didn't see anything other than drivers and hardware specific software...
Easiest thing to do is to keep your driver and software CD.
You should have gotten one when you bought it, and could probably get another from them if you need to.

Now another option, though much more difficult, is to do a clean install over your Vista installation, then restore from the Windows.old folder. I created the tutorial here:
Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation

~Lordbob
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03 Sep 2009   #6
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Easiest thing to do is to keep your driver and software CD.
You should have gotten one when you bought it, and could probably get another from them if you need to.

Now another option, though much more difficult, is to do a clean install over your Vista installation, then restore from the Windows.old folder. I created the tutorial here:
Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation

~Lordbob
New HP Laptops do not come with any driver/software DVD's. I mean you can get recovery discs from HP that has a Software/Driver installation CD but it only works during the recovery process.

HP has already stated to me numerous times the only way to keep ALL the software is via Upgrade (this was not the same guy that threatend to void my warranty for installing the RTM version of Windows 7).

HP is odd, sadly customers have to deal with it or switch manufactures.
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03 Sep 2009   #7
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGundam View Post
New HP Laptops do not come with any driver/software DVD's. I mean you can get recovery discs from HP that has a Software/Driver installation CD but it only works during the recovery process.

HP has already stated to me numerous times the only way to keep ALL the software is via Upgrade (this was not the same guy that threatend to void my warranty for installing the RTM version of Windows 7).

HP is odd, sadly customers have to deal with it or switch manufactures.
Thats stupid. I would gladly tell them that too.

My laptop came with a blank HDD and driver cds, which turned out not to play properly in my computer.... But I can still access it.

Though my mike still does not work..... *damnit*

~Lordbob
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03 Sep 2009   #8
kreesdqban

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok, about the upgrading... If I'm upgrading from Vista Home Premium x64 to 7 Ultimate x64, can that be done as an "upgrade"?

Essentially I'd like to do a clean install and still be able to re-install the HP software...

P.S. - Is it me or does HP not provide their own power management app... I know its no big deal but I was used to seeing them on laptops...
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03 Sep 2009   #9
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kreesdqban View Post
Ok, about the upgrading... If I'm upgrading from Vista Home Premium x64 to 7 Ultimate x64, can that be done as an "upgrade"?
No.
It can only be done with the same versions... Ult to Ult, HP to HP.

~Lordbob
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04 Sep 2009   #10
kreesdqban

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Alright, well I guess I've made up my mind. I found a download site for HP Advisor (downloads and updates all HP software) and hope everything will come easy from there. I will do a clean install of 7 Ultimate x64 when I get the chance.

In case anything happens HP provides a recovery partition to return to factory settings which I can make DVD's of and save off site.

Thanks for your help guys. Wish me luck
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