Will I be able to Restore from Recovery USB

I have a brand new HP Envy 15t-j000 which came from the factory with Windows 8 on a UEFI/GPT partitioned HD.  when I got the machine,  I blew away the partitions, created an a single MBR one, formatted it and did a clean install of Windows 8 Pro.  

And then  HP got me.  They don't have the correct WiFi drivers on their site for my computer (doh!!!).  So I can't see any WiFi routers.  I have ordered a Recovery USB from them hoping that I can grab the correct driver from it (HP says I will be able to).  However, should that fail, am I going to be able to recovery my system from the USB directly or am I going to have to convert everything back to UEFI/GPT style somehow?

As a side conversation, since the Windows 8 disks don't seem to want to clean install directly onto UEFI/GPT, why are the drives partitioned that way in the first place?  I know the advantages of UEFI but unless I can clean install to it why have it?

Thanks
David
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JaniLSCommented:
Just because HP doesn't have the driver for your version of windows on their website doesn't mean that the device's manufacturer hasn't published the driver. I use the 'hardware device ID' to figure out the manufacturer such as Intel or Broadcom etc.

Here is a link to a howto:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-find-unknown-device-drivers-by-their-vendor-device-id/

If it works it will save you time and money waiting on HP.

You can use the PCI database in the article or most times I just google the Hardware ID and you'll find links to the proper driver.
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cat4larryAuthor Commented:
Yes, thanks, I'll try that.  Didn't mean to insinuate that I couldn't get the driver elsewhere.  Should have said that HP didn't provide me enough info to figure out the exact brand/model WLAN card I had directly from the computer specs listed on my box/order.  And since in device manager items are showing up with exclamation mark next to them, I couldn't figure out how to do it from that.

However, I found a manual for my computer and I'm trying the brand/model it says in there.  If that doesn't work, I'm going to use the link you sent me.

Thanks!!!
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
If you update to Windows 8.1 that might just recognise the wireless controller.

As well as majorly improving Windows. :0)
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cat4larryAuthor Commented:
Your post was the ticket.  Gonna put that website into my bag o tricks.  thanks again!
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
Good job JaniLS.

:0)
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