|In response to user trying to install Windows 7 on Lenovo's Ideapad Z710. (http://www.computing.net/answers/drivers/new-laptop-uninstalled-win-8-for-win-7-now-no-drivers/10842.html)|
You should be able to get it "mostly" working, but I advise against it from my experience.
I did the same. Bought a Z710, immediately replaced HDD with SSD. Installed Windows 7. Was able to get the Win7 drivers working for *nearly* all the hardware. Although the power settings and discrete GPU never worked properly - it always thought it was a desktop so it ran full cpu horsepower and full screen brightness all the time, and it only used the Nvidia card because the Intel graphics drivers never worked.
So the battery life was about 15-20 minutes which wreaked havoc on the already garbage battery they sell. Oh, and the power settings never stopped charging the battery when it was full. So after a couple weeks of forgetting to unplug the laptop after charging, the whole battery finally died - completely. As in, doesn't even turn on when connected to AC. This is my third dead battery now.
Lenovo support is a money pyramid scheme that provides no useful support without advanced subscription fees. And they will only advise you to reinstall 8.1 again.
I tried first however to use Ubuntu, but I had the same power settings, 20min battery life issues. So no Linux to the rescue this time.
Windows 10 seemed to work fine, but it's not my cup of tea. You shouldn't have any issues there if you don't have any reasons not to upgrade to W10.
I'm going to reformat to OEM settings and sell it to someone who enjoys a miserable, locked-down ecosystem.
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