Massive driver problems after switching to SSD (windows 8.1)

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I recently bought and installed a samsung 840 evo ssd on my laptop.
I did not transfer any old files or clone my old hard drive.
I did a completely fresh install of windows 8.1...and I'm having massive problems with windows update and drivers.

Windows update is, well, not updating.

I've tried checking for updates and installing all of them. I've tried installing specific updates. Nothing works. The updating process sometimes gets stuck at 0% forever (i've read that this is only a display issue, that the updates are actually being installed, but I've let the process running for over 4 hours and the updates did not get installed, plus I checked disk and processor usage on task manager and it shows 0 for the updater window).
When I'm installing specific updates (i.e one update at a time), the update is downloaded and installed, but when I open the update window again (even after system restart), it says that I need to download and install it again.
I've already tried using microsoft's automated troubleshooter and I've read somewhere that this is due to my connection being set as "metered", but I've already checked it and it still doesnt download.
I also tried doing a system refresh and get the same problems.


I'm using a HP Pavillion Dv6-3080br Laptop with switchable graphics and the drivers at hp's support site are completely outdated and do not work on windows 8. Plus, the AMD drivers are not compatible with switchable graphics, so I cant use them either.
When I was using the HDD, I could perfectly use windows update to get these display drivers easily, but now it doesnt work anymore.


Sorry for the wall of text but I have literally no idea of what to do and this seems all to be the SSD's fault.
If I dont find a solution soon I guess i'll have to install windows 7 and pray that the horribly outdated HP drivers will do the job.
 

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OK, pardon my confusion, you did not disclose that you had it running on Windows 8 on your original hard drive, just that you were unsuccessful getting it up on Windows 8 on the new SSD.

Obviously your fresh install of Windows 8 on the new SSD did not go well. Not being able to look at your system and troubleshoot it I have no idea why it isn't working. The fact that you can't find Windows 8 drivers for it goes a long way towards explaining your problems. If the HP website doesn't have Windows 8 drivers for your hardware, how did you get Windows 8 working on the old drive? Were there HP drivers previously available but for some reason they're not there now?

In my opinion the best way for you to get up on Windows 8 on your new SSD is to clone your existing Windows 8 load from your old HDD. All you need to do this is an external HDD that is larger than the number of bytes that are being used on your old HDD. External hard drives are pretty cheap -- go get one and then use free software, such as EasUS, to clone your HDD to the SSD. Here it is here:

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm
 

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What version of Windows originally came with the laptop?

You should have cloned the working OS, with all the correct drivers, to the new SSD. You can still do that, unless you've messed up the original hard drive. I would strongly suggest you do just that.

 

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It came with windows 7 home edition.
But I can't clone the hdd because I have no means of doing it. And anyways, the older hdd was working perfectly fine on windows 8.1, I just can't see how would it not work now, seeing as I did everything I did when installing windows 8.1 on the hdd.
 

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OK, pardon my confusion, you did not disclose that you had it running on Windows 8 on your original hard drive, just that you were unsuccessful getting it up on Windows 8 on the new SSD.

Obviously your fresh install of Windows 8 on the new SSD did not go well. Not being able to look at your system and troubleshoot it I have no idea why it isn't working. The fact that you can't find Windows 8 drivers for it goes a long way towards explaining your problems. If the HP website doesn't have Windows 8 drivers for your hardware, how did you get Windows 8 working on the old drive? Were there HP drivers previously available but for some reason they're not there now?

In my opinion the best way for you to get up on Windows 8 on your new SSD is to clone your existing Windows 8 load from your old HDD. All you need to do this is an external HDD that is larger than the number of bytes that are being used on your old HDD. External hard drives are pretty cheap -- go get one and then use free software, such as EasUS, to clone your HDD to the SSD. Here it is here:

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm
 

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thanks for the help! I'll try using that if I keep running into problems.

I managed to get windows update to work by plugging my laptop directly to the modem. As soon as I did, it started updating, quite fast actually. So this part is solved.

However, I'm still striving to get the VGA drivers to work, but for now I'll close this thread as solved.
 
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