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How to run vista driver on w7

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  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
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December 28, 2011 9:05:21 AM

please i just upgraded my sony VGN-NR21Z from window vista to W7 and my NVIDIA stopped working. I have tried downloading it but it says the driver doesnt support the O.S. but i learnt it can work. please how do i run it in a compatible mode thanks

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a b $ Windows 7
December 28, 2011 3:03:20 PM

Just right click on the driver and select properties, compatibility tab, then select which compatibility you want.

Vista drivers will usually work in 7; some XP drivers will too.
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December 28, 2011 3:37:23 PM

thanks. i have tried that but it seems not to be working. is there any other method i could use? what i need basically is the NVIDIA driver for windows 7
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December 28, 2011 4:04:09 PM

@area, how does it work? please explain
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a b $ Windows 7
December 28, 2011 5:14:50 PM

kd_concepts said:
thanks. i have tried that but it seems not to be working. is there any other method i could use? what i need basically is the NVIDIA driver for windows 7


If you cannot find a Win 7 driver, you still may be able to get the Vista driver to install by pressing F8 at startup and disabling driver signature enforcement in advanced boot options. If that works, then you can easily enable it without doing that at each startup.
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December 29, 2011 11:01:31 AM

RealBeast said:
If you cannot find a Win 7 driver, you still may be able to get the Vista driver to install by pressing F8 at startup and disabling driver signature enforcement in advanced boot options. If that works, then you can easily enable it without doing that at each startup.


thanks buddy, i have tried that too but it didnt work. after i pressed f8, i saw the disable driver whatever and i pressed enter to choose and it took me directly to normal windows. i tried installing it and it still didnt work. please i seriously need a solution.
i tried it the second time and i discovered that what i disable didnt change. i expected the disable driver bla bla bla to have changed but it didnt. pls help me out. thanks.
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a b $ Windows 7
December 29, 2011 12:17:29 PM

Do you know the mobile graphic model in your machine? You can run CPUZ and under the graphic tab it will have the details.
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December 29, 2011 6:14:46 PM

Hi,

From the looks of it, the Sony Vaio VGN-NR21Z is a European release model that comes equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT graphics chip. This particular graphics chip is indeed compatible according to the Windows 7 Compatibility Center. A possible resolution and first step would be to try to manually install the driver directly from the NVIDIA website available here.

You may also want to try to download the driver directly using Windows Update integrated into Windows 7. To learn more about Windows Update and driver downloads, Update a driver for hardware that isn’t working properly is a highly recommended resource. Though this resource does emphasize Windows Vista, its outlined steps are still applicable to Windows 7.

Jessica
Windows Outreach Team – IT Pro
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