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Windows 8 compatibility
, 1 Jan. 2013
This review is from: ASUS X53Z 15.6-inch Laptop (Brown) (AMD A63420M 1.5GHz, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit) (Personal Computers)
I am pleased with this notebook but as a major influence on my buying decision in August was the declared upgrade capability the following may be relevent if anyone else is considering a purchase.
Asus have apparently discontinued this X53Z notebook. This may explain why the notebook doesn't appear in their Windows 8 compatibility list at [...], although other X53 models are listed. As of 01.01.2013 there doesn't seem to be much information on the Internet from people who have tried upgrading this model, so the tempting cheap Windows 8 upgrade offer (with accompanying free Windows Media Center upgrade availability) may have to be taken with a degree of caution. I definitely recommend anyone attempting the upgrade to read the ASUS website first as it details what ASUS notebook software and drivers should be uninstalled (due to incompatibility) prior to any notebook upgrade attempt. Unless someone with direct experience can suggest better I would advise avoiding a direct download install over the top of Windows 8 on the X53Z - better to use the option to save the upgrade download to DVD so you can proceed at leisure once your notebook has been properly prepared. I would strongly advise creating a System Repair Disk under Windows 7, and also a set of image DVDs of your current Windows 7 installation - just so you can step back in case the upgrade is not acceptable. Also note that the F9 ASUS Windows 7 system recovery feature the does not work after a Windows 8 upgrade. Quote: Due to Windows 8 limitation, F9 function key no longer functions. If you would to use the built-in recovery partition to restore to Windows 7, please download and run ASUS recovery utility. It will initiate the Windows 7 recovery process. [...]
The notebook passes the Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade compatibility test but when I queried ASUS support about the non-appearance of this model on their compatibility list I received this reply:
Thank you for contacting the Asus Technical Support Team.
Your notebook isn't upgradable because of software and hardware issue's.
If you do upgrade your notebook to Windows 8 you will have software issue's because there are no drivers.
Upgrading the hardware would not work because of the problem with compatibility with your notebook.
Your notebook is tested with specific hardware and not with other hardware not including the RAM because that is upgradable.
The problem is more the mainboard and the CPU that isn't strong enough to run it smoothly.
Using other drivers form notebook that's not the same model is not recommended.
It's not the same as your notebook.
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Very disappointing, especially as Windows 8 is supposed to be able to run on any platforms that support Windows 7!
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