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Asus P6T compatible with Windows 8?

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In short: Does Windows 7 drivers work for windows 8?

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So one of the things that has been holding me back from pulling the trigger for windows 8 is my motherboard. I ran the windows 8 upgrade adviser thingy and I passed in a way. It said certain features you may not be able to use. The only two was DVD playback and secureboot. I looked them both up to see exactly what it meant by that and DVD playback just means windows media player doesn't support DVD playback. I can't remember the last time I used WMP to for DVD playback I only really use VLC... So then I looked up Secureboot and apparently you need a UEFI bios to be capable of using the feature Secureboot. From my understanding this is NOT needed just the old school BIOS will work. Correct me if I'm wrong.

So then I start going down the list of downloading all the drivers for windows 8. I get to my motherboard drivers. And notice something odd their latest operating system is Windows 7 32/64 bit. The motherboard was released almost 4 years ago? Now that I think about it that's old in the technology world. My point is will the windows 7 64 bit drivers work with windows 8?

I can't help but suspect that it would work considering a good number of people wouldn't be able to Though a good number of people don't properly install / download latest drivers or even install them at all and let windows figure it out or find a driver on windows update (which is a terrible idea). Then wonder later on why the computer is acting weird or especially with video games they will crash or have performance issues. So bottom line does installing windows 7 64 bit drivers work on windows 8 64 bit? Actually what would be awesome is if somebody has a x58 motherboard and their manufacturer hasn't bothered to release windows 8 drivers. And successfully installed the windows 7 drivers more importantly didn't have any issues with the drivers.
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Of course Win8 will work for you, I am using Windows 8 in my Skulltrail setup that was released in the beginning of 2008.

Probably most drivers are auto-detected by Windows 8 anyway. thumb.gif Don't use Win7 drivers unless you really need to. What drivers specifically do you mean? You should check the manufacturer's site of the chip you need the drivers for, like for audio go to Realtek's site, for chipset go to Intel site, etc. Asus just doesn't bother to update the site for their older boards.
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Of course Win8 will work for you, I am using Windows 8 in my Skulltrail setup that was released in the beginning of 2008.

Probably most drivers are auto-detected by Windows 8 anyway. thumb.gif Don't use Win7 drivers unless you really need to. What drivers specifically do you mean? You should check the manufacturer's site of the chip you need the drivers for, like for audio go to Realtek's site, for chipset go to Intel site, etc. Asus just doesn't bother to update the site for their older boards.

I am downloading these:

  1. Intel Chipset Inf Update Program V9.1.1.1014 for Windows XP 32bit/XP 64bit/Vista 32bit/Vista 64bit Win7 32bit/64bit
  2. Realtek ALC1200 Audio Driver V6.0.1.5859 for Windows 32/64bit 7.(WHQL)
  3. Realtek RTL8111/8112 LAN Driver V7.3.522.2009 for Windows 32/64bit 7.
  4. ATK0110 driver for WindowsXP/Vista/Win7 32&64-bit
  5. JMicron JMB36X(JMB363.JMB322) Controller Driver V1.17.47.14 for Windows 32/64bit 7.(WHQL)

I tried looking up intels chipset driver but their website is extremely confusing. There's an auto check utility to determine your chip or whatever. There's an auto update utility, there are a ton of downloads. And I could never find the correct one for the first generation i7 processors and i highly doubt they would have continued updating their drivers after the 2nd gen i7's.
Realtek pretty much the same in that they more than likely aren't gonna bother with updates on old motherboards.
The only way to get my LG W3000H-BN (2560x1600) monitor drivers is by going to LG's site and they only provide windows 7 or vista.
The ATK0110 driver is developed by Asus so you're not gonna find any updated versions on it. In fact you'll probably find more updated versions or bad versions than you would legit versions.

But thank you. I guess I will backup battlefield 4 and start the the reformat.

So basically just buy it, download it, burn to disk, remove all partitions, then hit install. Do you recommend I unplug my ethernet cord so windows update or whatever doesn't decide to automatically start downloading drivers. Like I know windows update snuck in a driver update and completely just fudged my system. I'm not even really sure why it felt the need to update considering I had all the updates. Usually with windows 7 I just disconnect the ethernet cable and let windows install. Then get all the drivers I need installed. Then turn the internet back on and let windows install all the updates it needs.

Also I've noticed in some recent reviews that windows 8 comes with a lot of crapware / bloatware that I'll never use. Is their a way to make sure that never gets installed on the hard drive? For instance the bing bar bing maps and all that other crap. Can't possibly remember them all. If that is possible which apps do you recommend I don't uninstall. For instance SkyDrive actually looks like it would be useful for me. Saving my settings into the cloud. That way if I ever did a reformat I wouldn't have to reconfigure everything.
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