08-22-2013 08:26 AM
I just bought this machine with the intention of downgrading the OS. I did go out and buy a USB 32 GB thumb drive and made a 'One Click' backup first, using the Windows 'Activate Administrator Account' as the only existing User.
Then I did a Win 7 Pro 64 bit install. Very little worked because there were almost no drivers so I did a One Click Restore, which went perfectly well and I've been using 8 the past several days. Today I downloaded the 7 drivers from the site here but my wife is screaming at me so please wait unfil I finish this before any responses.
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08-23-2013 12:27 AM
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I’m sorry to know that even after downgrading the OS (Operating System) and re-installing the pre-installed OS the Y410p is not working as expected, please provide the exact issue details so that I can go ahead assist you better with the concern.
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08-23-2013 11:48 AM
i have no idea where my reply to you went but am not going to type it all over again; i should have done a 'select/copy' before clicking on [Preview].
Actually, i'm going to just post this right now to make sure I'm doing it right
Well, it happened again; when i clicked on [preview] it disappeared ... but i did copy it first. Anyway, the machine is working fine and the backup was restored without any problem so I didn't have to start all over again.
I am not sure if i will install the 32 or 64 bit version of Windows. I'd - like - to do the 64 but will compare the software agreements between the two. What got me so upset with 8 was reading the agreement prior to doing the install. What a joke when software says if you don't agree, don't install. Like there is a choice? I'm old enough to remember when a person 'bought' software then somewhere around 1982-6 i picked up Electronic Arts '7 Cities of Gold' and read my first lease agreement. I was going to return it but I kept it.
So I will return here after doing a backup of the current configuration (I've made a lot of changes and additions) of this system and trying to install 7 again; i think it will be the 32 bit version even though it will slow things down a whole lot.
I should have no problem doing a restore from 32 bit 7 to 64 bit 8, should I? I'm going to wait until i receive an answer on that before going ahead.
08-24-2013 12:43 PM
Ok, this marks the end of this discussion because I'm going with the file solution offered elsewhere and I've got other questions that have become more important.
Thanks to those who bothered to write suggestions to me!