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Windows 7: Clean install of Windows 8 on HP dv6t-6100 CTO (LM720AV)

22 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Clean install of Windows 8 on HP dv6t-6100 CTO (LM720AV)

I have an HP Pavilion dv6t-6100 CTO Quad Edition Entertainment Notebook PC LM720AV with Windows 7 64bit pre-installed. I have the following configuration:
  • RAM - 6Gb DDR3 (to be upgraded to 8Gb with 4GB x 2 Dimm)
  • Processor - Intel(R) Core i7-2630QM CPU @ 2.0Ghz (Turbo Boost to 2.9Ghz)
  • OS - Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)
  • Storage - 750 GB (available 683Gb)

I would like to clean install Windows 8 64-Bit on this laptop. I have already taken a backup of all my data and application software.

I have the following queries:
  1. I have partitioned my 750GB hard drive into 5 drives. Do I need to delete these partitions prior to installing Windows 8?
  2. I would like to have all the proprietary software like HP CoolSense, HP Recovery Manager, HP Update, HP Connection Manager, HP SimplePass, HP 3D DriveGuard, HP Support Assistant, HP Power Manager, Intel(R) My Wifi Technology, Intel(R) Wireless Display, Intel(R) Control Center, Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology, Intel(R) PROSet Wireless Tools, Intel(R) HD Graphics and Synaptics TouchPad Pointing Device to be installed on Windows 8 as well. Where do I get the downloads for these applications? Do I need to download there drivers beforehand or they shall be installed automatically on Windows 8?
  3. My laptop came with Beats Audio. Should I download drivers its for Windows 8 from before or shall it automatically get downloaded when I complete the clean install of Windows 8?
  4. What additional drivers are required so that my printer HP - 2050 All-In-One Printer works with Windows 8?
  5. My laptop also has 2 additional hard drives created from before namely : (a) RECOVERY (D: ) and (b) HP_TOOLS (F: ). What should I do with these two drives? What purpose do they serve? Will they be available after I install Windows 8?

P.S - I already have the Windows 8 (64 Bit) DVD with me.

I know you might find some of the questions really simple but please help me as I am new to this.

Thanking you in advance.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Apr 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Clean install of Windows 8 on HP dv6t-6100 CTO (LM720AV)

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 HP Pavilion dv6t-6100 CTO Quad Edition Entertainment Notebook PC | HP® Support

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HP
Please read the following important information before beginning your upgrade:
Not all Windows 8 features are available on all Windows 7 computers. Your computer might require additional hardware, software, firmware, and/or a BIOS upgrade to install and run Windows 8.
HP provides upgrade instructions and drivers for most computers sold after October 1st , 2011.
Check for Software & Drivers on the HP web site.

I would run the
Solved How to use Standlone Windows 8 Upgrade Adviser

Yes, you can do a clean install:

If you have a Legacy BIOS firmware:
Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

If you have a UEFI/ BIOS firmware:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
Than do the Refresh part of above tutorial.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP


I would start out without any of the HP crapware to see how much better performance is, then only add that which you really need. Otherwise you're bogging down the OS with useless duplicate utilities that have better versions built into the OS. At least research in depth each by googling it and reading up as others have weighed this as well.

The same basic principles apply as with a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

You may be able to Extract HP 3rd Party Software from RecovCD
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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