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I installed windows 7 on a laptop that came with windows 10 and now I cant find drivers for it.

  • Drivers
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  • Acer
  • windows 10
  • Windows 7
Last response: in Laptop Tech Support
December 6, 2017 7:25:31 AM

First problem in the title. I have an acer e5 575g that came with windows 10 preinstalled. After I installed windows 7 over it I went to the acer website to download the drivers only to realize that I can only find them for windows 10. Is there something like "an universal driver" as stupid as that may sound.
Second problem is that even if I find the drivers I dont know how to get them on the laptop as I cant use the internet and none of the usp ports works (because of windows).
Any ideas? Worst case scenario I'll have to get a new windows 10 version but I hope to avoid that.

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a b β Windows 10
a b $ Windows 7
a b D Laptop
a b \ Driver
December 6, 2017 7:35:26 AM

If support site doesn't have windows 7 drivers, then you have to manually search for compatible drivers.
And it's not guarantied, that you'll find them for all devices.

Just download windows 10 installation from microsoft and reinstall windows 10. Windows 10 install key should be integrated into your laptop BIOS. If you install the right windows 10 version, you won't be asked for key.
a b β Windows 10
a b $ Windows 7
a b D Laptop
a b \ Driver
December 6, 2017 7:38:32 AM

no such thing as universal drivers. they have to be coded for each OS. true you often download a single package that covers all versions but if you look at it unpacked you'll see separate folders for each OS.

you'll have to be VERY comfortable searching and trying out various drivers to see if you can any one to work. i've done this many times and it is never easy nor a quick process. nor is it always 100% successful. you can edit the ini file for a win 10 driver and MAYBE get it to install and work on win 7. but there is no guarantee it will work. windows vista and win 8 drivers were easier to get working on win 7 since they are closer in relation than win 10 is.

you can google how to get win 10 driver ini files edited to work on other win versions as a first shot. it's not that hard to do but can be hard to find the right line to edit at times.

what i usually end up doing and what has the most success for me is to look at the individual parts installed. see what the LAN/WIFI card installed is and go to that manufacturer site and see if they have older drivers for the part. get the LAN or wifi working and windows update might be nice and get some other drivers for you. if not, keep looking up parts 1 by 1 until you have working all you can. possible you can find win 8/vista drivers that can then be modified to install to your win 7 using the editing skill you learned from the above step :) 

overall, this will be time consuming and not easy to do. gotta ask yourself if it is worth the time to have win 7 and not win 10. i do this a couple times a week for clients and i charge a lot to do it since it is so much work!!

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a c 1230 $ Windows 7
a c 747 D Laptop
a c 289 \ Driver
a b β Windows 10
December 6, 2017 7:43:13 AM

Windows 7 is not supported on your laptop model, only Windows 10 is supported. This is something you should have checked before downgrading the OS!

You will have to run Factory Recovery now to restore Windows 10 from the backup image if it is still intact. If it isn't, you'll have to re-install Windows 10, then get any missing drivers from Acer's website.

All in all, a lot of hassle just to get the laptop back to it's original working condition.
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