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Finding Software and Drivers After Changing the Operating System to Windows 7

This document pertains to HP Notebook Computers that were purchased with Windows Vista or Windows XP.
Software and driver support for HP notebooks
HP has tested and qualified software and drivers to support the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system for the series listed in the following table.
Once a driver or software is qualified for release, HP adds the downloadable version to the Software and Driver Download page for your specific model. To get the latest drivers when they are available, return to your specific model's Software and Driver Download page frequently.
For more information on how to get the latest software and drivers, see the HP support document Obtaining Software and Drivers.
HP notebook series supported with Windows 7
The following series of HP Notebook Computers are supported with Windows 7. HP has tested and developed software and drivers to support Windows 7 for these series. To get the latest drivers when they are available, return to your specific model's Software and Driver Download page.
 note:
HP does not support Notebook Computers that are not listed in the following table with Windows 7. HP does not plan to release Windows 7 drivers or software for notebook models that are not listed in the following table.
HP and Compaq Consumer Notebook Series Computers
HP Business Notebook Series Computers
HP Pavilion dv2-XXX
HP Touchsmart tx2-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ35-XXX
HP Compaq 2510p Notebook PC
HP Compaq 6910p Notebook PC
HP Pavilion dv3-XXX
HP Touchsmart tx2500
Compaq Presario CQ40-XXX
HP Compaq 2710p Notebook PC
HP Compaq 8510p Notebook PC
HP Pavilion dv4-XXX
HP HDX 16-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ45-XXX
HP Compaq 6510b Notebook PC
HP Compaq 8510w Mobile Workstation
HP Pavilion dv5-XXX
HP HDX 18-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ50-XXX
HP Compaq 6520s Notebook PC
HP Compaq 8710p Notebook PC
HP Pavilion dv6-XXX
HP G50-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ60-XXX
HP Compaq 6530b Notebook PC
HP Compaq 8710w Mobile Workstation
HP Pavilion dv7-XXX
HP G60-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ61-XXX
HP Compaq 6535b Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 2530p Notebook PC
HP Pavilion dv3500
HP G61-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ70-XXX
HP Compaq 6710b Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 2730p Notebook PC
HP G70-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ71-XXX
HP Compaq 6720b Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 6930p Notebook PC
HP G71-XXX
HP Compaq 6730b Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 8530p Notebook PC
HP Compaq 6730b Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 8530w Mobile Workstation
HP Compaq 6735b Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 8730w Mobile Workstation
 note:
The HP Pavilion dv series models with a dash after the dv number (for example: Pavilion dv5-1001), can be upgraded to Windows 7 and drivers are available. The HP Pavilion dv series models with a four digit number and no dash (for example: Pavilion dv5001), are supported with Windows Vista, and no drivers are provided for an unsupported upgrade to Windows 7.
Operating system requirements for upgrades
When upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7, the language and architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) must remain the same. Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, and Windows Vista Business are the only supported versions of Vista that can be upgraded to Windows 7. A custom installation of Windows 7 is required for any other version of Windows Vista.
A custom installation of Windows 7 is required to upgrade from Windows XP.
 note:
A custom install replaces the current operating system, and does not preserve software applications, data, or settings.
Software and drivers provided by HP for Windows 7 are compatible with either the upgrade or custom install process.
How to find software and drivers for notebooks that HP does not support with Windows 7
HP does not plan to release Windows 7 drivers or software for notebook models that are not listed in the previous table. However, certain models that are not listed in the table might meet the minimum system requirements of Windows 7. Try the following options for locating software and drivers for models not listed in the previous table.
 note:
HP cannot provide technical support or diagnose potential hardware issues until the original operating system is reinstalled.
  • Join other HP notebook users looking for software and drivers in the HP Consumer Support Forum at www.hp.com/support/Consumer-forum (in English).
  • Use Microsoft Update to install the Microsoft version of the hardware driver. See the HP support document Using Windows Update Program to Update Microsoft Software in Windows 7.
  • Check the Software and Driver Download page for your computer model. Certain Windows 7 software and drivers might be available for download. Some Vista software and drivers might be compatible with Windows 7.
  • Check the list of devices that are on your computer, and then go to the manufacturers' websites for information about what drivers they provide for their devices. Please be aware that some components work together. If drivers for one component are not available, then the other devices might function poorly, or not at all.
  • Check the list of software that is installed on your computer, and then go to the manufacturers' websites for information about updates or upgrades for their software.

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