HP & Windows 8.1
Want to run Windows 8.1 on your Windows 7 PC?²
Important information: Please click on the link below that describes your Windows system.
I have a PC with Windows 7 preinstalled, and a Windows 7 license.
HP may not have tested Windows 8.1 on your Windows 7 PC.
You may lose basic functionality and stability if you try to install Windows 8.1 directly.
HP may have developed drivers and instructions to upgrade your Windows 7 system to Windows 8. Visit the HP Windows 7 to Windows 8 upgrade page for more information.
I have a system that was preinstalled with Windows 7, but has a Windows 8 license and/or Windows 8 restore media.
For certain HP systems shipped after the launch of Windows 8, HP offered customers the opportunity to downgrade the system to Windows 7 and receive Windows 8 restore media in the box.
Drivers and instructions are available for many of these systems.
If your system came with Windows 8 recovery media, you should use that media to install Windows 8. Afterwards, you should then proceed with the Windows 8.1 update instructions.