Can Windows 7 Drivers work With Windows 8.1?

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  1. coldhart

    coldhart Member

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    I have following Hardware
    Core i7 950
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 2.0) MotherBoard
    Sapphire 5870 1GB
    Gskill Ripjawz 24GB 1600 Mhz

    I got driver of gpu from amd site but Gigabyte didn't Publish the Driver for windows 8 last year when i emailed them for driver they send me list of new mobo which have windows 8 driver so i wanted to know that whether those driver (drivers of Win 7 sp1 X64) will support Win 8.1 Pro X64 or not?

    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 2.0) MotherBoard Homepage
    Code:
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3449#driver
     
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  3. berryracer

    berryracer Platinum Member

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    nope



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    As you posted below; some will work.
    Please refrain from posting incorrect information in threads where posters are requesting accurate advice.

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  4. Dahak

    Dahak Diamond Member

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    Actually yes, the same way vista drivers can work with windows 7
    the only ones that will not are the usb 3 drivers as they are built in to win8
     
  5. Ketchup

    Ketchup Elite Member

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    The only ones I would worry about are the INF files for the X58. I did some research, and according to this post

    http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=1780384&mpage=1

    the Windows 7 drivers should do just fine. If you have problems getting any other drivers don't work, let us know know and we'll be glad to help.

    Edit: and I see Dahak beat me to the punch. I'll take care of you later, lol.
     
  6. denis280

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    Just started to work with windows 8.and just last week got a ASUS m4a88t-m working with it.and the board was made to support windows 7.

    EDIT: and I see Dahak and Ktchup beat me to the punch.
     
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  7. RU482

    RU482 Lifer

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    in my experience testing old hardware with win8.x, yes, win7 drivers will get you by

    FWIW an answer like "nope" is ridiculous. I could see if he was asking if win95 drivers would work on Win8.1....but damn, win8.1 is like Win7 SP2.1...which, while I'm ranting....WTF microsoft, give us an SP2 for Win7 already so we don't have to install ~1.5GB of updates on a new build

    /ok, off my soapbox
    //sorry if I offended anyone
     
  8. Ketchup

    Ketchup Elite Member

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    Don't be too hard on yourself. Rest assured we were all thinking the same.
     
  9. berryracer

    berryracer Platinum Member

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    from my experience, the Bluetooth Drivers from Win 7 don't work you need to get updated versions

    but thats not a problem

    use MyConfig to find the missing drivers

    it's a free and decent driver updater and it finds missing drivers as well
     
  10. Ketchup

    Ketchup Elite Member

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    Apparently "from [your] experience" the upgrade doesn't work at all. So what are you still doing here?
     
  11. berryracer

    berryracer Platinum Member

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    well some may work, but if they work doesn't mean that's the way to go bro

    example: the old Intel Chipset Drivers WILL work

    but the new Intel Chipset Drivers have the following fixes:

    Features Added in Baseline 9.4.0.1022

    ID
    Description

    1
    Certified for Windows 8.1 support.
    Added Intel Sensor Solution HWIDs duplicate for VEN_INT&DEV_33D1.
    2
    Added Intel Sensor Solution HWIDs duplicate for VEN_INT&DEV_33D1.

    3
    Added support for MUP specification 2.4.1.

    Features Added in Baseline 9.4.0.1017

    ID
    Description

    1
    Updated Branding for devices 0c08, 8C56, 8C52, 8C54

    Features Added in Baseline Production Version 9.4.0.1016

    ID
    Description

    1
    Fixed missing cat file lxptusb.cat, Ivytown.cat

    Features Added in Baseline Production Version 9.4.0.1014

    ID
    Description

    1
    Updated Installer with new INFs for extract driver switch

    2
    Added device information for Intel sensor solution for Intel® 8 Series chipset family (previously code named Lynx Point-LP)

    3
    Fixed readme.txt

    Features Added in Baseline Beta 9.4.0.1012

    ID
    Description

    1
    Added Crystal Well DID

    2
    Updated Branding for Intel® 8 Series chipset family devices (previously code named Lynx Point-LP)

    Features Added in Baseline Beta 9.4.0.1010

    ID
    Description

    1
    Updated Readme with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 instructions

    2
    Updated all 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family and Intel® 8 Series chipset family devices with correct branding

    3
    Signed with HCK

    Features Added in Baseline Alpha 9.4.0.1007

    ID
    Description

    1
    Updated Intel® 8 Series chipset family (previously code named Lynx Point-LP) Device IDs

    Features Added in Baseline Alpha 9.4.0.1003

    ID
    Description

    1
    Updated 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family Devices

    2
    Added Intel Corporation Signing to all installation on Windows 8

    Sorce: http://downloadmirror.intel.com/20775/eng/ReleaseNotes_9.4.0.1026.htm

    so just because something installs fine with no exclamation mark in the device manager doesn't mean it's 100% compatible with Windows 8

    you can find driver updates for almost all drivers by either going to the notebook manufacturer or going to the chipset maker's native site. not that hard
     
  12. Ketchup

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    Might be hard finding updates for a desktop board on a notebook manufacturer's website.