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.