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Fate of Pre-Installed Apps after a clean install from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

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January 27, 2014 9:29:38 PM

Hi. I have an Acer Aspire V3-471G running on Windows 7 at the moment. I plan to have it clean-installed Windows 8.1 Pre-Activated All-In-One ISO my friend downloaded. Just wondering about few apps that are pre-installed within the laptop, what's gonna happen to them? Will they be deleted and I need to redownload them? (drivers) Some apps that I'm talking about are
-Dolby Home Theater v4
-NVIDIA
-Intel
-Acer's pre-installed apps

The hardware are still there in my laptop right? I just have to reinstall the software? Do you have any idea where to download them?

Thanks Gurus!
a b * Windows 8
a b $ Windows 7
January 27, 2014 9:43:27 PM

Of course your apps will be gone -- a "clean install" means formatting the hard drive and installing Windows on a blank drive. "Clean" means there is nothing there. No apps. No Windows 7. No nothing.

Go to Acer's website and look up your model (Google is your friend -- use it), and you should be able to download any drivers and apps that came with the PC. At least on Dell's website you can, and I assume Acer's is the same. Windows 7 drivers should work for Windows 8, just make sure you get the bitedness" of the drivers right, so that if you are installing 64-bit Windows 8 then you get the 64-bit drivers.
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January 27, 2014 10:17:34 PM

mbreslin1954 said:
Of course your apps will be gone -- a "clean install" means formatting the hard drive and installing Windows on a blank drive. "Clean" means there is nothing there. No apps. No Windows 7. No nothing.

Go to Acer's website and look up your model (Google is your friend -- use it), and you should be able to download any drivers and apps that came with the PC. At least on Dell's website you can, and I assume Acer's is the same. Windows 7 drivers should work for Windows 8, just make sure you get the bitedness" of the drivers right, so that if you are installing 64-bit Windows 8 then you get the 64-bit drivers.


Thanks for replying! But what about windows 8.1? Will Windows 7's drivers for 8.1 too?
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a b * Windows 8
a b $ Windows 7
January 27, 2014 10:43:20 PM

its not win7 drivers you need but win8.1if you install it.the its your hardware and whether win8.1 supports it that will determine driver availability.
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a b * Windows 8
a b $ Windows 7
January 28, 2014 7:28:49 AM

If there are no Windows 8 drivers on the Acer website for your model, then install the Wndows 7 drivers, they should work. After all, Windows Vista was really Windows 6.0, Windows 7 was Windows 6.1, and Windows 8 is Windows 6.2. Drivers should work across "point" releases of Windows.
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February 23, 2014 3:01:48 PM

Keep your Win 7 disk handy. You will probably hate Windows 8
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a b * Windows 8
a b $ Windows 7
February 23, 2014 3:38:41 PM

before i would install win7 drivers i would let win8 search for its own drivers.the compatibility of win7 drivers with win8 is at best unknown here.kind of like installing ati display drivers (vista did not work with win7).
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a b * Windows 8
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February 23, 2014 3:42:33 PM

It's always best to install the drivers for your version, but as a last resort, if you just can't find any, try the previous Windows version of drivers. And yes, if you install Windows 8, let it search for it's own drivers, it's good at that.
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