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HP Notebook PCs - Problems when Installing Windows 7

This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs being upgraded from Windows Vista or Windows XP to Windows 7.

HP offered Windows 7 upgrades for qualifying HP and Compaq notebook computers purchased between June 26, 2009 and January 31, 2010. This program expired on March 1, 2010. The HP Upgrade to Windows 7 disc is no longer available.

Upgrading to a retail version of Windows 7 on an HP notebook PC that is under warranty voids the software portion of that warranty. The software portion of the warranty only covers the original software and operating system that shipped with the notebook. It does not cover software modifications made after purchase. The hardware warranty is valid for the specified warranty period. If you have a hardware problem, you may be asked to reinstall the original operating system to verify the coverage of the hardware.

Important!

Before installing Windows 7, first make sure that your HP notebook PC supports the Windows 7 operating system. Also, review the known issues and troubleshooting topics below for information about potential issues that might occur during the installation process.

HP notebook PCs that support Windows 7

The following series of HP notebook PCs are supported with Windows 7. For these product models only, HP provides hardware device drivers for both the Vista and Windows 7 operating systems.

NOTE: Notebook PCs that are not listed in the following table will not be supported by HP 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.

To get the latest drivers when they are available, visit the Software and Driver Download page periodically and check for your model.

HP and Compaq Consumer Notebook Series PCs
HP Business Notebook Series PCs
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 HDX 16-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ40-XXX
HP Compaq 2710p Notebook PC
HP Compaq 8510p Notebook PC
HP Pavilion dv4-XXX
HP HDX 18-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ45-XXX
HP Compaq 6510b Notebook PC
HP Compaq 8510w Mobile Workstation
HP Pavilion dv5-XXX
HP G50-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ50-XXX
HP Compaq 6520s Notebook PC
HP Compaq 8710p Notebook PC
HP Pavilion dv6-XXX
HP G60-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ60-XXX
HP Compaq 6530b Notebook PC
HP Compaq 8710w Mobile Workstation
HP Pavilion dv7-XXX
HP G61-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ61-XXX
HP Compaq 6535b Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 2530p Notebook PC
HP Pavilion dv3500
HP G70-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ70-XXX
HP Compaq 6710b Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 2730p Notebook PC
HP G71-XXX
Compaq Presario CQ71-XXX
HP Compaq 6720b Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 6930p Notebook PC
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 series models shown in this chart with a dash after the dv number (example: Pavilion dv5-1001), are different than the Pavilion dv series with a four digit number and no dash (example: Pavilion dv5001). As a specific example; HP Pavilion dv5-1001au Entertainment Notebook PC can be upgraded to Windows 7 and drivers are available. However, HP Pavilion dv5001au Notebook PC is supported for Windows Vista, and no drivers are provided for an unsupported upgrade to Windows 7.

Known issues that can occur during installation

The following table lists known issues that may need to be resolved prior to or during an installation of Windows 7.

Issue
Fix or workaround
Firewall and Virus software for Windows Vista may not be compatible for Windows 7.
Firewall and Virus software may include: AVG. 8.0 Security Suite, McAfee Personal Firewall, and Norton Internet Security 2008 and 2009.
Uninstall the firewall or virus software, then go to the manufacturer's web site to perform an upgrade to a Windows 7 compatible version of the software.
When upgrading an HP TouchSmart PC you might receive the following error:
Buffer overrun detected!
Program: ...ckard\TouchSmart\Media\Kernal\CLML\CLMLSvc.exe
Ignore the error message. Click OK to continue.

Known issues that can occur after installation

The following table lists known issues and possible solutions or workarounds after performing an installation of Windows 7.

WARNING: Performing a custom install may delete the Recovery partition and the HP Recovery Manager program. In that case, you can only recover the operating system by using the Vista Recovery discs you created earlier, or by purchasing a retail version of the desired Windows operating system.
Hardware Issues
Fix or workaround
Audio drivers for sound chips in Vista are not compatible for Windows 7.
Install the latest HP driver updates for the installed operating system for your model notebook from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
or
Install the latest Microsoft Windows 7 compatible driver using Windows Update Non-HP site .
The HP Bluetooth driver has been updated or improved for Windows 7.
Install the latest HP driver updates for the installed operating system for your model notebook from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
Graphics drivers installed by Windows 7 might have limited functionality.
The Graphics Card requires a firmware and driver update.
Graphics drivers may include the NVIDIA Graphics Device and NVIDIA Chipset.
Install the latest HP driver updates for the installed operating system for your model notebook from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page, or from the video hardware manufacturer's web site.
Keyboard driver for All-in-One has been updated or improved for Windows 7.
Install the latest HP driver updates for the installed operating system for your model notebook from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
LAN Network (Realtek) drivers that are older might encounter compatibility problems.
LAN Network (NVIDIA) driver might delay system startup.
Depending on your model notebook, you may have one of the following network hardware:
  • Broadcom

  • Intel

  • Realtek

  • NVIDIA

Install the latest HP driver updates for the installed operating system and type of network hardware for your model notebook from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
or
Install the latest Microsoft Windows 7 compatible driver using Windows Update Non-HP site .
HP TouchSmart Touch driver only provides single touch support under Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Install the latest HP driver updates for the installed operating system for your model notebook from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
Software Issues
Fix or workaround
When you try to upgrade your computer from Windows Vista to Windows 7, the upgrade process stops responding at 62% indefinitely.
Use the automatic Fix it then try the upgrade again.
After upgrading to Windows 7, the following software cannot be installed using the application recovery tool in HP Recovery Manager:
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro X2

  • CyberLink LabelPrint

  • CyberLink PowerDirector

  • CyberLink Power2Go

  • CyberLink PowerStarter

Depending on your model, install the latest HP software by going to the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
CyberLink YouCam is incompatible.
Install the HP MediaSmart MVP software for the installed operating system on your model notebook from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
Devices and Printers displays internal devices that should not be displayed.
Download and install the Devices and Printers Update Softpaq from the HP Drivers and Downloads .
HP Help and Support might not work correctly or provide accurate information.
Install HP Advisor and HP Support Assistant from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
The HP Games that require a product key may stop working:
After upgrading, reinstall the games from the WildTangent Non-HP site web site and use your existing product key for the games you purchased.
The following HP MediaSmart 2.x programs do not work correctly.
  • HP MediaSmart 2.x software

  • HP MediaSmart DVD 2.x

  • HP MediaSmart TV

  • HP MediaSmart Internet TV

  • HP MediaSmart Webcam

MediaSmart 3.x for Windows 7 is a suite of six programs. Install the programs that are appropriate for your notebook from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
HP System Recovery: pressing F11 at system startup does not work.
HP System Recovery cannot start from the Windows Start menu.
Install the Recovery Manager Installer Patch for Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade for your model notebook from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
If you run the HP System Recovery after upgrading to Windows 7, HP System Recovery will reset your notebook to the original Windows Vista operating system.
Recover using Recovery Discs or press the F11 key repeatedly at the beginning of system startup.
HP Update software has been updated or improved for Windows 7.
Download HP Advisor and HP Support Assistant from HP Drivers and Downloads .
Extra function Keyboard keys do not work or do not work correctly.
Migrating to RAID might cause data system integrity problems.
Before using a RAID migration tool in Windows 7, install the latest compatible RAID software from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
Certain buttons on the Remote Control for Media Center might stop working.
Update to the latest HP Remote solution download from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
Some Windows Vista TV Tuners may not be compatible with Windows 7.
Install the latest Microsoft Windows 7 compatible driver using Windows Update Non-HP site .
or
Install HP MediaSmart TV 3.x for Windows 7 for your model notebook from the HP Drivers and Downloads web page.
Windows applications do not work:
  • Photo Gallery

  • Windows Mail

  • Windows Movie Maker

  • MuVee Video Editor

Get these Microsoft Windows Live (TM) programs for Windows 7 from the Microsoft web site Non-HP site :
  • Messenger

  • Mail

  • Photo Gallery

  • Writer

  • MovieMaker

  • Family Safety

  • Toolbar

General troubleshooting

If you are still experiencing issues with your new Windows 7 installation, consider troubleshooting the following areas:

  • Device Drivers

    Make sure all your device drivers are up to date.

    Microsoft provides generic drivers for most standard hardware, but they may be incompatible with certain HP hardware. Review the previous section, Known issues that can occur after upgrade, for information on specific drivers.

    You can also open the Windows Device Manager to see if there are any driver conflicts with the notebook's hardware. Driver conflicts are connoted in the Device Manager with an exclamation mark ("!") over the icon of the affected device. To resolve a driver conflict, open the device's Properties window and manually update the driver on the Driver tab, or visit the Software and Driver Download page and see if there is an update for your particular notebook model.
    NOTE: Drivers for audio and video devices tend to be closely related, so if you update one device see if there is an update for the other device as well.
  • BIOS

    Make sure you are using the latest BIOS firmware.

    Go to the HP Customer Care Web site ( http://www.hp.com/support ), select Software and Drivers, and enter your PC model number to find software and driver updates for your computer. If a BIOS update is available that has a higher revision number, download and install it following the instructions on the Web site.

  • Windows Update

    Run Windows Update multiple times until it displays the No important updates available message. See Updating Drivers and Software with Windows Update .

    Many Windows components require multiple updates because each update builds on an earlier one. This means if you run Windows Update once, you might be missing out on additional updates if you do not run it again. Only when you see the No important updates available message can you be sure that all updates (and their prerequisites) have been applied.

  • HP Support Forums

    Visit the HP online community to see if others are experiencing the same installation issues, or create a new topic describing your issue. The online community is filled with knowledgeable people who often have similar experiences. The support forums are also monitored by HP.

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