I have just found the realtek driver for the rtl8188ee for the windows 8 group as well!
So, I now have bookmarked the links on our other HP laptop for the intel Pentium and the realtek drivers.
I have the windows 8 OS disc and key.
There is something called DTS sound on the laptop which I am guessing is like the BING audio controls on our HP envy.
Is this software that is needed?
On our Envy, we hardly ever open the Bing control and use it to adjust the sound.. maybe a handful of times in the 2 years that we've had it.
If it isn't an essential thing to have, would I need to worry about it?
There is software for the cyberlink dvd, webcam and such but I believe I would be able to redownload that either from the laptop's HP page or from cyberlink site? The license codes are printed on the Belarc report.
If memory serves right, we had an issue with the Envy one time after windows updates and I redownloaded that set from cyberlink site, not HP and we haven't had any issues since. It has also updated from the HP site since then, so I would guess that it wasn't an issue or we would have known about. That was about a year ago.
Am I missing anything else in consideration of drivers?
I am going down through the Belarc now:
Adobe shockwave, if needed, will probably prompt us to download whatever version, correct?
Following that, amazon, kindle and apple apps are listed. Again, this, if needed or wanted can be obtained later?
Following the list down: I have a list of apps from the windows store for my Microsoft account - no big deal here.
Dropbox is next.
Since we back up to externals, probably not an issue?
A bunch of HP stuff is listed next...support assistant, recovery, network check.
Now, if I do the downgrade to Windows 8.1, I could probably load HP assistant but I am wondering since the laptop is set up with Windows 10, will the HP assistant even be able to give us updates?
I would think that a manual check for drivers for the hardware and software would be the way to go?
There are a bunch of Microsoft things listed next but with the install of 8, all of that would load and then update as needed with windows updates?
There are some Intel items listed next, these would come from the intel driver/site correct?
Then there are more Microsoft items listed...some are windows store apps and then there is the get office, groove music and cortana and edge.
These either aren't needed for Win 8 or will install as required for 8, I think.
Skype is on there but if it isn't with the Windows 8 and if I want to install on new laptop, I can download myself. Not even sure if I want or will use it on the new laptop. Rarely use, except at Christmas time, lol.
The rest of the stuff listed downward on Belarc are more windows store apps, a bunch of windows 10 things like phone companion and onedrive and my security software, twitter and wild tangent games.
Sorry to make such a long post here but I know if I am going to do the Windows 8 downgrade, it would be best not to overlook anything, right?
Again, thanks to all of you who have responded. You all are awesome!