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Downgraded Asus laptop from W8 to Windows 7, and now it is basically useless

I got a custom Asus laptop from Xoticpc.com a few months ago and I noticed that the wireless would randomly disconnect at my Uni so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I got a free copy of Windows 7 Professional at my schools webstore and proceeded to do a USB installation.

It was successful, but now many of the laptop's features don't work, such as sound, ethernet/internet, etc. I'm guessing it is because many of these default processes relied on Windows 8, but I have no idea. I am currently downloading a copy of Windows 8 pro (for free) from the webstore so I can try to revert my laptop.

Would reverting it fix the problem? Or do I have to replace my laptop? I should have researched more before attempting this, or just dealt with Windows 8, so I apologize for my naivety.

Thanks in advance for any responses.
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  1. It should work once you get the OS that was meant to run on it back. If the laptop was meant for Windows 8 degrading it to an obsolete OS is usually not the best thing to do.
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    Windows 7 is not exactly an 'obsolete' OS....

    The problem is drivers. Either your laptop does not have drivers for Windows 7 or you just need to find them and install them. Go to the Asus website and see if they have them. If not then you still may be able to find the drivers at the manufacturers sites for graphics, sound, Ethernet etc.

    Knee jerk reactions like installing a different version of Windows to fix a Wifi error usually don't get you very far...Finding an updated Wifi driver would have made much more sense and very likely fixed the problem.
  3. anort3 said:
    Windows 7 is not exactly an 'obsolete' OS....

    The problem is drivers. Either your laptop does not have drivers for Windows 7 or you just need to find them and install them. Go to the Asus website and see if they have them. If not then you still may be able to find the drivers at the manufacturers sites for graphics, sound, Ethernet etc.

    Knee jerk reactions like installing a different version of Windows to fix a Wifi error usually don't get you very far...Finding an updated Wifi driver would have made much more sense and very likely fixed the problem.


    Yep, I started getting the drivers from my desktop and now everything is on its way to be working. I just impulsively freaked out but I think everything will be okay....I will keep you updated
  4. Why not just stick with Windows 8? Its far superior to 7
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