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How do I find Win7 drivers for my Win8 laptop?

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September 11, 2013 3:48:04 PM

This is only the second time I've ever booted from USB on a laptop as a transition between OS's - the first was between Vista and Windows 7. I'm having some difficulty with the transition from 8 back to 7 though. I get to the point where it asks for the drivers on another USB drive (my laptop lacks a disc drive).

I have the Asus Q501LA, and I can't seem to find any drivers for it for Windows 7. Can someone help me out or give me a workaround? Thank you.
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September 11, 2013 3:52:58 PM

It appears that that is a Windows 8 (64-bit) only machine. You <might> be able to find generic drivers from the various chip manufacturers, but don't expect miracles.
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September 11, 2013 4:23:00 PM

Does Asus lock their drivers to the OS? i'd try the Windows 8 drivers and see if you get an error. I have an HP that i downgraded and it was a pain because i had to find all new drivers, but my wife's toshiba just let us install all the stock windows 8 drivers on windows 7 and it works perfectly...they're the same kernel, so the drivers should all be backwards compatible...if they aren't it's the manufacturer locking them to Win 8, not that they are incompatible.
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September 11, 2013 4:56:10 PM

Well from what I can tell on the Asus site you are going to have to try Windows 8 drivers or learn how to use Windows 8. It does not look like you can degrade to Windows 7 with that laptop. Your best bet would be to give Windows 8 a real try it is a great OS and is much better than Windows 7 in every way.

Other than that you will have to try to find drivers from the manufacture of each device that Windows 7 does not have built in.

Really all new laptops should be locked to Windows 8 period it is much better and much easier to use period.
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September 14, 2013 4:01:19 PM

Hi saw your post. I recently bought this laptop and like everything about it except windows 8 and it seems to have several problems I cannot solve, wonder if you experience similar.

I find that the machine seems to either hibernate or partially shut down when the lid is closed for any length of time. I have tried different power settings but nothing changes.

I also have trouble doing window updates and not sure what that would have to do with the machine however.

Would love to run windows 7 and if you can move down would like to hear how.

Are you having any of these same problems I am experiencing?

Some replies seem to indicate it is only a windows 8 capable notebook but when you go to ASUS site for the Q501LA
it seems to discuss only windows 7 problems not 8
http://support.asus.com/knowledge.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3...
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