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Windows 7: finding drivers....

16 Sep 2010   #1

finding drivers....

Any chance we could get a sticky added to this forum recommending people first Google the exact model # of their computer before starting a new thread for a missing driver? 9 times out of ten, the first page of results has a link to the manufacturers' site with the driver they're looking for. It only takes a bit of common sense. If you have an hp, go to the link that has in it... and so on. Most of the time, drivers for vista will work in windows 7, and in almost every case, you don't even have to specify whether you have 32 or 64 bit windows because the download usually contains drivers for both.

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16 Sep 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

I see your point. But many times people don't realize they need a 32-bit or 64-bit driver, that their hardware is no longer supported for Win 7, that it might not be located at the mfg, but you can track it by the (let's say) chip mfg, etc. Google for a driver and you might not be directed to the mfg, and perhaps to a disreputable site. I think it's a good idea but don't know if it will have utility in the long run.
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16 Sep 2010   #3


that's why I specified only clicking on the links to the specific computer manufacturers' site. If you have a dell or an HP or toshiba (etc) you shouldn't click on a link to something like or whatever, and if the manufacturer doesn't support that specific hardware for windows 7, many times you can still find drivers for it. I've helped at least 100 people upgrade their system to windows 7 and many of them weren't even supported for vista. In those cases, by all means post a thread. It takes a bit of trial and error. And as I said, most manufacturers include both 32 and 64bit drivers in each download.. bottom line, always check the support site for your computer manufacturer first. I would also recommend making a list of components in dev manager before installing windows 7, as it will make it easier to find drivers if you know what's missing after the install
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