HP a1750e Upgrade to Windows 7

I upgraded my HP Pavilion a1750e machine from Vista to Windows 7 (32 bit) over the weekend, here is how it all went down…


Before doing anything I wanted to make sure my system would be able to run Windows 7 so I downloaded the upgrade advisor and performed an analysis. The analysis takes a couple of minutes to do its work before showing you a report with all the (potential) problems you will encounter, allowing you to get your system ready before taking the big leap into an exciting new OS. The report is split up in sections covering the system hardware, devices (drivers) and programs.

One of the first things the upgrade report points out in the system section is the HP webpage describing how to upgrade your system, i recommend you take a look at it.

Drivers were listed as available for all hardware devices that come standard with this system. Two ‘unknown’ devices were listed for me: “HP psc 1600 series” (a printer) and “Yamaha USB-MIDI Driver (WDM)”. I took the opportunity to install the latest USB-MIDI driver from Yamaha (um304x86 at the time of this writing), it still functioned properly after the upgrade. The printer driver was automatically updated by the hardware wizard after the upgrade.

The programs section looked a little more problematic:

  • Canon Camera Window MC 6 for ZoomBrowser EX, version, Known issues.
    I uninstalled this program before upgrading.
  • Hardware Diagnostic Tools, version 5.00.4262.12, PC-Doctor, Inc., Update available.
    I have never used this program and did not update it. - If you experienced problems with it please leave me a comment.
  • iTunes, version, Apple Inc., Reinstall after upgrade.
    I uninstalled this program before upgrading.
  • Microsoft Expression Web, version 12.0.6215.1000, Microsoft Corporation, Update available.
    I did not bother updating it (yet).
  • Roxio Express Labeler 3, version 2.1.0, Roxio, Update available.
    I did not update this program (yet). - If you experienced problems with this program please leave me a comment.
  • Skype™ 3.8, version 3.8.188, Skype Technologies S.A., Known issues.
    I upgraded Skype to the latest version before upgrading which made the warning go away.
  • Windows Mobile Device Center, version 6.1.6965.0, Microsoft Corporation, Reinstall after upgrade.
    I uninstalled this program before upgrading, then reinstalled Windows Mobile Device Center after the upgrade and connected my iPaq. The driver got automatically installed and it appears to function properly.


After all this prep work I started the upgrade which completed successfully in approximately three hours.

My system is the lucky owner of two sound devices, onboard “Realtek High Definition Audio” and a “Creative AudioPCI (ES1371,ES1373) (WDM)” card, the settings for these devices were seamlessly transferred during the upgrade and they still function properly. Very impressive. I think it is very cool you can hot-switch default audio output devices while playing sound in Windows 7!


Two issues I am aware of thus far:

  • Canon Camera Window MC 6 for ZoomBrowser EX
    After upgrading I downloaded the latest ZoomBrowser EX installer from the Canon website: ZoomBrowser EX 6.4.1 Updater, Windows 7 is not available as a supported OS for downloads so I picked the Vista version. Unfortunately the Camera Window application is not functioning.Setting the CameraWindow application to run in Vista SP2 compatibility mode will resolve this issue.
  • Powersaving for the display does not work (NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT/GTO).
    The display will go black but it never gets turned off
    . -  This issue was caused by the screensaver, changing to a different screensaver resolved the issue.

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