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Windows 7: Help Installing Win 7 Pro on a Vostro 1510


05 Oct 2010   #1

Windows XP SP3 32 bit/Win 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 
Help Installing Win 7 Pro on a Vostro 1510

I have a Dell Vostro 1510 which came with Vista Home Basic which SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS i want to use a Dell Branded Win 7 Pro 32bit Reinstall Disk to put a clean install of Win 7 Pro on it dell only has the xp and vista drivers on the site will the Pista i mean vista drivers work for win 7 pro install
TIA


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05 Oct 2010   #2

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

In most cases the vista drivers will work. But the Dell Branded Win 7 Pro 32bit Reinstall Disk may not work since it's an OEM and can only be used on it's origninal computer. You may need to get a retail copy of Win 7.

Ken
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05 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The easiest way is to just go get the drivers from their individual sites. For example, Intel.com would have the chipset and graphics drivers, assuming it is an Intel based laptop. If it has a Dell wireless card or an Intel wireless card, you can find them at their respective sites. I keep them all on a flash drive, so when I am done installing Windows 7, I'm ready to add the drivers.

Don't forget about Windows Update, either. You can get many of your drivers there.
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05 Oct 2010   #4

Windows XP SP3 32 bit/Win 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

thanks for the advice i will report back on how it turned out once i get everything loaded
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05 Oct 2010   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dellfanforever View Post
thanks for the advice i will report back on how it turned out once i get everything loaded
Good luck, but since I'm an honest man and you said that Dell doesn't provide Win 7 drivers for that computer. then your chances of success are slim to none.

You definitely should run, before the great attempt, the Upgrade Advisor.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
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06 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Good luck, but since I'm an honest man and you said that Dell doesn't provide Win 7 drivers for that computer. then your chances of success are slim to none.
An honest man would have said his chances were quite good. Just because Dell doesn't offer the drivers, doesn't mean you can't get them from the direct sources. I'm typing this on a Dell Optiplex 360 that doesn't have Windows 7 x64 drivers. I got what I needed from Intel and ATI. Same goes for laptops. Sure, it involves a little more searching that going to one Dell page, but you can almost always find what you need. If not, Windows Update will take care of the rest.
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06 Oct 2010   #7

Windows XP SP3 32 bit/Win 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Decon how much ram do you have on your Optiplex
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06 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I currently have 4 GB in it. It was purchased with the 4 GB, and shipped with an x64 OS installed, but yet when I put in the service tag, I am only given x86 drivers.

Far too many people thing that if you can't get them right from Dell, you can't get them....and that couldn't be farther from the truth. The Intel drivers came from Intel, and the ATI video drivers came through Windows Update. The audio drivers on Dell's site worked anyway, so I'm good to go.
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06 Oct 2010   #9

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Deacon is correct, you will get most driver from MS update or the mfg. the only drivers you may need from dell are specialized video drivers. Use compatibility mode if Nessa. I have 7 running on a Dell D800 that Dell said won't run on Vista let alone 7.
Good luck and we here to help if you run into a snag.

Ken
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07 Oct 2010   #10

Windows XP SP3 32 bit/Win 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Well i am proud to report i installed Win 7 Pro 32 bit on my Dell Vostro 1510 and it only needed one driver the mass storage controller which media read of which a vista driver worked like a charm now the fun part is seeing if i can activate it or i will have to go back to XP Pro SP3
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