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Windows 7: Reinstalling. What drivers do I need?

13 Jul 2011   #1

Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit
 
 
Reinstalling. What drivers do I need?

Hi, I'm new to the forum! I'm reformatting my computer and upgrading it to Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit from Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit. I have already done the check to make sure all my hardware is compatible; it is. My question is what drivers do I need exactly? My list so far has: Chipset Graphics card Sound Card Ethernet Card Am I missing any? Aside from that I need a bit of help with the chipset/GPU driver. I have an nForce 430 chipset with integrated GeForce 6150LE however I have purchased an ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics card and have been running off of that. My question in regard to the chipset driver is firstly, where is the nForce driver download? I am unable to find this specific chipset on nVidia's website and secondly if I find a driver will the graphic card drivers come bundled with it? If so, is there a way to get the chipset driver without the graphic driver for the integrated GPU. Thanks!

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13 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Unless you built your computer yourself, your computer manufacturer's support site will not only have the all the drivers and applications you need, but the order in which to install them.

As theog points out, filling out your full computer specs gives us a head start in helping you.
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13 Jul 2011   #4

Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit
 
 

I have filled in my system specs. My PC is a Dell Dimension C521 but has been HEAVILY modified. I have run the Windows 7 upgrade adviser and I am compatible with Windows 7. Would I be able to find drivers independently from Dell as this computer isn't so much a Dell anymore. Or would I have to still go through Dell and fill in the gaps afterwords? Thanks!
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13 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

A combination of Dell, hardware manfacturers and Windows 7's own driver database should help you get all the drivers you need, especially as Windows 7's Upgrade Advisor hasn't flagged any problems.

As you've modified your computer I'd be inclined to try the manufacturer's drivers first - as ever, Google is your friend.
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13 Jul 2011   #6

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You download Vista drivers from here:
Drivers & Downloads
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13 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Don't forget the device manager.
It will give you a layout of what needs to be installed.
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