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March 13, 2014 4:03:25 PM

Hello members,

I have just purchased a brand new HP 15-d035dx laptop as a Bundle from BestBuy. Pre-installed with Windows8.1 OS (my first time using it) and i immediately rejected it and decided to install my copy of Windows 7 Pro. I took all the necessary steps into successfully installing Windows 7. Disabling Secure Boot and Enabling Legacy Mode. I cleaned my partitions through Clean Diskpart. I had all the drivers i needed for Windows 7 saved onto a CD knowing my USB and WiFI drives won't work. I have only been able to install the Drivers for the sound, mouse and internet. Everything else fails, so I entered BIOS and I have very limited options to mess around with and I noticed something. It shows default OS is Win8.1 and my heart dropped. This meant that everything I just did was for absolutely nothing. But I am not taking no for an answer. There must be a way to override this issue and get Windows 7 wokring perfectly with no problems.
a b * Windows 8
a b $ Windows 7
March 13, 2014 4:06:28 PM

Personally, I would have kept Windows 8.1. It's a faster, newer system.

Also, all the drivers available for that system will only be available for 8. You will get driver issues.

Ditch 7. Keep the system native to 8.1. It's designed for it.
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March 13, 2014 4:13:30 PM

I created HP Recovery Discs from my previous laptop of the same model but had returned that and got this instead, so will the discs give me any problems if I decide to switch back to Windows 8?
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a b * Windows 8
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March 13, 2014 4:19:51 PM

ydirani29 said:
I created HP Recovery Discs from my previous laptop of the same model but had returned that and got this instead, so will the discs give me any problems if I decide to switch back to Windows 8?


The system restore generally saves a separate partition on the HDD specifically for restoring to default, hopefully you didn't format the whole disk, and just the C: partition.

If you did format it, and the disks don't work, there should actually be a shiny Microsoft sticker that contains your CD key on the laptop. If you can find a copy of Windows 8.1, enter that CD key when you install it and there shouldn't be any issues.
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March 23, 2014 8:49:32 PM

I just purchased this laptop from the store today and it makes a flickering noise (very light) in the background and is almost perpetual. Don't know if that is something common to this make or an actual issue? Did you observe a similar problem?

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