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I put Windows 7 on my friend's Windows 8 laptop, and now the Internet won't work

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2 years ago#11
The Windows 8 drivers don't work, and all I could dig up on the wifi card is that it's "10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN." I went to the device manager and it didn't say anything too specific. The laptop is a HP 2000-2c11nr.
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2 years ago#12
Pepys Monster posted...
The Windows 8 drivers don't work, and all I could dig up on the wifi card is that it's "10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN." I went to the device manager and it didn't say anything too specific. The laptop is a HP 2000-2c11nr.


You need to find out what chipset the network adapter uses and hope that the chipset manufacturer has released drivers for it or that the chipset is used by another network adapter that does provide Windows 7 drivers.

Given your technical knowledge the amount of work that you would need to get this all sorted out is probably way beyond what it's worth. My suggestion is to re-install Windows 8 and install something like Classic Shell to disable the Windows 8 features and restore the Windows 7 features. Bring back the old Start Menu and tell your friend that he's running Windows 7. He probably won't ever notice.

2 years ago#13
Install the generic Windows drivers, or upgrade back to Windows 8.
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2 years ago#14
El Magnifico posted...
Pepys Monster posted...
The Windows 8 drivers don't work, and all I could dig up on the wifi card is that it's "10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN." I went to the device manager and it didn't say anything too specific. The laptop is a HP 2000-2c11nr.


You need to find out what chipset the network adapter uses and hope that the chipset manufacturer has released drivers for it or that the chipset is used by another network adapter that does provide Windows 7 drivers.

Given your technical knowledge the amount of work that you would need to get this all sorted out is probably way beyond what it's worth. My suggestion is to re-install Windows 8 and install something like Classic Shell to disable the Windows 8 features and restore the Windows 7 features. Bring back the old Start Menu and tell your friend that he's running Windows 7. He probably won't ever notice.



He might notice - Windows 8 boots a good bit faster than 7 (for me at least).
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2 years ago#15
It works now. This Realtek driver was the solution:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&softwareitem=ob-89357-1
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