I have an HP envy m6, amd a10 processor, 8gb memory, 1Tb drive and the additional Radeon graphics card. It came loaded with Win 8, but I must admit I preferred my old Windows 7 set up better. I know I can use utilities like Start8 to get my start button back but am wondering wether I am better off just downgrading to Windows 7 overall.
HP only offers original bundle software support but that's not really an issue. Just wondering what the ramifications of attempting to downgrade would be ie drivers etc....
Not pro, nor against - I'm running win 8 on laptop and Win 7 on desktops.
Have not problems with win 8 (so far). Runing w/Start 8. Will probably Improve with Age - Just like my wife, just may take time.
And that is the reason for my "bit of advice".
Anyways, One bit of advice that may help. Use Windows 8 Back-up to perform an Image of your system drive. For laptop, Unless you have daul internal HDDs, this image should go to an External HDD. Eacy way to Re-install if you decied to.
The buried the tool for windows 8, See: http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/windows-8-tip-use-win...
For windows 7 it was simply goto Control Panel, Backup and there it was on the leftland pane.
Any ways on your External HDD create two directories 1) M6_Win 8 Image and 2) M6_win 7 Image.
Windows will place the Image in the root drive of selected HDD, so You need to move into the appro. directory. (just copy the one you want to restore back to root directory prior to restoring.
For a laptop I wouldn't downgrade. Just use Start8.
As you mention drivers especially chip set drivers can be problematical when trying to downgrade a laptop as they are usually on a custom bios. If you cant guarantee to get drivers for W7 from HP then I wouldn't go that route.
Stay with Windows 8, there's no advantage to downgrade to Windows 7, if you're using Start8/Classic Shell. Windows 8 is better than 7, it just has that terrible metro design. Windows 8 with Start8/Classic Shell will seem like an improved Windows 7 in the end, so do not downgrade.
Start8 will disable both charms and metro from showing up ever.
Thanks all, had pretty much convinced myself that it would b e a pain to downgrade. I have the start8 already and in the 48 hrs or so that I've been using it, I agree, best 5 bucks ever! Still have the charms showing up, as I use the touchpad as opposed to a mouse. Keep managing to catch the edge of the pad and activating the charms. I'll have to relook at the start8 settings to see if I missed something.