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Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7: Drivers missing

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June 16, 2014 2:12:09 AM

At first, let me say hello and thank you in advance for reading this and maybe trying to help me.

Yesterday I downgraded my PC from Win8 to Win7 (as the title should suggest) and ran in a little bit of a problem: The installer for 7 didn't let me install, before I deleted each and every partition of my old hard drive setup, which was not a big deal for me.

But when I booted up the new OS, there were two issues (which, I think, are related)

1) The System detects only one monitor at a time (I had a 3 monitor setup before, as the PC was used for music production), but will always detect one if it is connected from the start up. So if there is one or more connected, no matter if via VGA, DVI or HDMI, it selects one of them and won't detect another one.

2) (Which is much more severe) The drivers for multiple devices do not install (properly), which woudn't be a problem, if the wLAN and LAN-Connector weren't in this group, so that I can't acess the Internet from the PC to search for the drivers manually

After a little bit of research I came to the conclusion, that the original drivers could have been saved on one of the partitions that I had to delete. I am literally panicking a little bit here, I am an semi-professional music producer and have two projects until next week, and I can't install any software I need without a running internet connection.

So, please tell me, what can I do to get this machine up and running?
Thanks in advance for your help, I really appreciate each and every try to help me out!

Please excuse any mistakes, I am a foreign speaker ^^
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a b \ Driver
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a b $ Windows 7
June 16, 2014 2:18:38 AM

Get the drivers from the motherboard website. Else Windows tries to use its own and for Windows 7 it won't even recognise newer hardware.

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June 16, 2014 2:20:05 AM

Reinstall windows and try reloading the drivers... if that doesn't help, download the drivers seperately on an alternate pc and then install it on ur PC..
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June 16, 2014 2:25:00 AM

why windows 7? its a dieing bread.. windows 8 is not much of a performance increase but it is certainly there and even better installed uefi plus just all coolest features that microsoft has to offer.
if it was bad performance you may have needed a bios update or something.
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June 16, 2014 6:38:09 AM

iron8orn said:
why windows 7? its a dieing bread.. windows 8 is not much of a performance increase but it is certainly there and even better installed uefi plus just all coolest features that microsoft has to offer.
it it was bad performance you may have needed a bios update or something.


Well, my old Windows 8 Installation was dying for some reason, I was unable to install anything, most of the Non-Desktop-Applications refused to work, etc. etc. It just caused problems whereever i looked.

And when I then got a virus that I couldn't remove, because even the antivirus was broken at this point, I had no other choice than to do a clean installation

Also, many of my programs/much of my equipment runs on Win7 with less problems.
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June 16, 2014 6:40:31 AM

Diganta Das said:
Reinstall windows and try reloading the drivers... if that doesn't help, download the drivers seperately on an alternate pc and then install it on ur PC..


I'm sorry, if that is an extremely dumb question... It probably is, but nevertheless... Where can i find out the names of the components that don't work, so that I can find the approcriate drivers/their producer's website? Is there any way to see them without opening the PC physically?
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June 16, 2014 7:51:06 AM

RobinWolf said:
Diganta Das said:
Reinstall windows and try reloading the drivers... if that doesn't help, download the drivers seperately on an alternate pc and then install it on ur PC..


I'm sorry, if that is an extremely dumb question... It probably is, but nevertheless... Where can i find out the names of the components that don't work, so that I can find the approcriate drivers/their producer's website? Is there any way to see them without opening the PC physically?


Sorry man if u dont know the models then u hav to open it up... then google it, download drivers from manufacturers website... U can find ur mobo's model on its driver disk.
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June 16, 2014 7:56:19 AM

Diganta Das said:
Sorry man if u dont know the models then u hav to open it up... then google it, download drivers from manufacturers website... U can find ur mobo's model on its driver disk.


Alright *sigh* If there is no other way...

Thanks for your help :) 
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