Solved New laptop. Uninstalled Win 8 for Win 7. Now no drivers.

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December 21, 2013 at 14:20:20
Specs: Windows 7 64bit, TBD
Got me a new laptop to replace my old one whose hard drive failed recently. Bought a Lenovo Ideapad Z710. Had windows 8 on it. Uninstalled it, formatted the partitions, then installed a copy of Win 7 Professional Edition which I bought a few months back. But now they'res no drivers on it. I can't even connect to the web to troubleshoot it.

Got on this netbook here with a screen the size of an orange that's just killing my eyes, just to see if I could get some drivers from Lenovo's support page. I did, but they're all for Win 8. And it don't matter anyway since none of them seem to be reading anyway. Got the ones for the Wireless LAN and regular, wired LAN networking. But it doesn't register a network card or any connections either way. Also did the Intel chipset drivers, doesn't seem to have changed anything.

I think I'm floating up S creek and my paddle is long gone.

Help me?

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December 21, 2013 at 15:41:34
mmm I seem to recall seeing a very similar post here very recently... And when one goes to Lenovo support/downloads etc... they don't list as having any drivers for windows 7

So it would appear you need to go back to windows 8.1...

If you have any recovery/restore disks that came with your laptop... see if they will still work. If not contact Lenovo and see if the will send you a set... If you didn't remove/wipe and the original recovery partition (I think currently it goes in as D: on many systems... - and may/may not be a hidden partition?) then you may be able to get back to windows 8 using that alone.

is the download for the user manual. Section 3 covers restoring the OS...

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December 22, 2013 at 09:05:51
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December 22, 2013 at 09:32:12
What else is there to say…?

Lenovo do NOT provide a windows 7 driver set…; only windows 8...

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December 22, 2013 at 11:22:01
Bottom line:
You may have to download/reinstall Win8 and register with your product key.

I had a link somewhere, but where..?
Hang on a mo'. Try this...
Scroll down to the relevant ISO download link.
You should be able to burn the ISO image (W7 and W8 will do it without extra software)

The product key supplied on the site is only for the preview, use your valid Lenovo key.

You'll end up with a better installation of W8, without all the sponsored crap. Also, you'll have the advantage of having a full Win8 reinstall disc for the future, without having to rely on Restore partitions and Factory resets.

Otherwise, you could experiment with Win7 drivers and see how you get on.
Depends upon the hardware - maybe Lenovo made radical changes, otherwise I can't see how/why a few vital W7 64-bit drivers wont work.

Not much help now, but what I would have done in your situation, would be to have bunged in an old/spare SATA HDD and tried installing W7 on that to see how it went. this means the original HDD would still available should W7 go belly-up, which appears to be the case.
Of course, this may invalidate your warranty, if they suspected you'd opened it up.

Good luck.
Let's know how it goes.

If your licence is for 8.1 Pro, I can't be sure it will activate the ISO I linked to. It's worth a shot if you can be bothered to download such a large file. Otherwise, maybe see if Lenovo will supply a reinstall CD.

I know I have 8.1 pro on this laptop, installed from a downloaded ISO.
I think it was from the source I posted here.... Been a while - I can't fully remember.
I know I registered it with my original, paid-for, introduction-offer 8.0 pro licence. No problems.
Originally I did the 8.1 migration update, but it went awry and also lost a few of my prog's. The downloaded ISO installation went smoothly.

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