Installing Windows 7 on an HP p2-1334 Desktop PC

HP p2-1334

I had so much trouble getting Windows 7 to load on the HP p2-1334 Desktop PC.  The only OS option it comes with is Windows 8, which I actually like quite a bit, but it’s for one of the staff I work with and I didn’t feel like training them on it – plus it wasn’t the Pro edition so I couldn’t join it to the domain without upgrading.

I decided it might be nice to throw together a small tutorial on loading Windows 7, and hopefully help at least one poor soul out there. I’ve also read complaints about not being able to change the boot priority (despite the fact that this is an option in the BIOS), which I will also address here.

Before you begin, download the Atheros AR8152 network driver for Windows 7 from http://www.atheros.cz/atheros-wireless-download.php?chipset=51&system=5 and save it to a USB thumb drive, or burn it to a DVD/CD. The one at support.hp.com for this model PC will not work, it will only work with Windows 8.

To start, you will need to change several options in the BIOS.

  • Hold down the ESCAPE key when you power ON the computer until a menu is shown
  • Go into the Computer Setup
    • Go to the Security Menu, and Secure Boot Configuration
      • Enable Legacy Support
      • Disable Secure Boot
      • Disable Fast Boot
      • Press F10 to save your settings
    • Go to the File Menu and select Save Changes and Exit

Now you should be able to install Windows 7. Insert the disc, hold ESCAPE and boot the machine again. You can now go to the boot menu and select the DVD-ROM drive to boot from. Follow the normal steps for installing Windows 7.

Once Windows 7 is up and running, you will probably notice that the Atheros AR8152 network driver couldn’t be found. Insert the USB thumb drive or disc that you burnt with the drivers for your NIC. At the time of this writing, the latest version was 1.0.0.36. Go into Device Manager (in the Start menu, right click on Computer, go to Properties, and in the left column click Device Manager), go to properties on the network card and choose “Update driver”. Select the folder with the INF and SYS files from your USB drive – note, if they’re still in a ZIP file, you will need to extract them first.

If your system has the AMD Radeon HD 7310 (which I think all of them do), you will need to use sp57269.exe from hp.com.  If you go to support.hp.com and search for this PC, it will only offer sp58347.exe which is only for Windows 8.  I found sp57269.exe by Googling it, which I downloaded from here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&softwareitem=ob-105905-1

Once your NIC and graphics drivers are installed, you should be able to finish updating the drivers from Windows Update. Be sure to include all OPTIONAL updates when running Windows Update.

That’s it!

52 thoughts on “Installing Windows 7 on an HP p2-1334 Desktop PC”

  1. hey i want to install w7 in hp all-in -one ,
    and i do all the settings which you had written in above soutions,but nothing happend
    when the installtion wizard screen appear .ithangs both the keyboard and mouse .

  2. hey i want to install w7 in hp all-in -one ,
    and i do all the settings which you had written in above soutions,but nothing happend
    when the installtion wizard screen appear .ithangs both the keyboard and mouse .

  3. I did the same thing but I kept the old hard drive and replaced it so I could go back to 8 in as much time as it would take to replace the drive .

  4. Is the issue with not being able to set boot priority for HP P2-1334 exclusive or is this a known issue for other models? I personally haven’t encountered issues with this regard. Thanks for these useful workaround tips in case I do encounter it, though.

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