I have a HP ENVY 20 Touchsmart All-In-One, and I've replaced the hard drive with a brand new one. The old drive was running Win 8.1, but I want to put Win 7 on the new one. The CD/DVD drive on the machine doesn't work, so I've been using an external USB CD/DVD drive. Questions:
- Can I run Win 7 on this machine?
- Can I install Win 7 using the external CD/DVD drive?
- Since it's a brand new HD, what do I need to do to prepare the drive? Format? Partition? If yes, how?
I've replaced hard drives before on older PC's, like, 20 years ago, so I'm a little rusty. A 'step-by-step' would be awesome, but I appreciate any help offered.
Thank you in advance,