Posted 18 March 2011 - 06:35 PM
I followed the instuctions in the retail pack, and used the compatability test. There were 3 alerts, and I called Microsoft directly to see if they were critical (as in, if the graphics wouldn't support Aero, I wasn't worried about that aesthetic feature, or anything else not 'functionality' specific). The tech that I was connected with wasn't concerned with the alerts that I informed him of. After this whole experience, I am not sure his opinion was trustworthy. Either way, right now, I have 7 on the desktop, and can do minor stuff like set accounts, play games (included... solitaire, etc.) Since I haven't reloaded office software, I can't know whether there are any problems with 7 interacting with that. I can't go online for the obvious reason that the driver is missing for the modem, so I used my laptop to go to HP's site to access that (at least), but it won't run (?).
As for obtaining the drivers directly, I am not against doing that if it is my the solution, but I am mystified by my lack of success with the modem driver. I just wonder about the drivers disk problem, whether it is indicative of something else.
Truthfully, I am just getting tired of having to put off my husband regarding what he sees as "his computer". I am getting perilously close to just taking it somewhere to be fixed, but that would be to admit defeat, and therefore not a palatable idea.