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Windows 7: New Windows Installation - How to put drivers on without internet

15 Jul 2014   #1
Dee74

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
New Windows Installation - How to put drivers on without internet

How do I get drivers (downloaded using another PC) across to this laptop?

My Dell laptop (Vostro 3450) was behaving very badly thanks to a 'friend' installing dodgy software resulting in Windows throwing tantrums and viruses setting up home.

So I purchased a fresh copy of Windows 7 (64 bit) and followed the instructions for a custom install to wipe the laptop. All fine.

Then I got the error msg everyone reports "Windows did not detect networking hardware" ... and reading the forums I figured out that all the drivers are now gone and therefore no internet connection possible just yet. So I went to the Dell site to download the drivers for this laptop (it recommended 57 of them). It also recommended instead of selection "download" to select "download to ios file" saving to USB for easy transfer to my problem laptop.

Great. 2.2Gb later I now have a file on my USB ... but it does not magically activate when I plug it into the problem laptop. The file is visible. But how do I get it doing something? It just shows the filename of Dell Download Drivers, IOS file, 2.2Gb. But how do I use it?

I also read that I'm supposed to install these drivers in a special order. But how do I get them listed out so I can select them in order?

Sorry. This is all probably really obvious to you, but I'm lost. All advice is really appreciated.

Thank you !!!!


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15 Jul 2014   #2
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Make sure that when you download the drivers that you select "save" and not "download and run". When asked where to "save" to, select the flash drive.
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15 Jul 2014   #3
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

You could install an app known as DoubleDriver on the other PC. It provides an easy way to save off all your drivers. You could save them to a USB stick, insert that in the Win7 PC, and then install drivers from there.
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15 Jul 2014   #4
Dee74

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Solved

Problem is now solved.

It seems I needed to "unpack" the ISO file before it went to the USB. Once that once done I was able to click through all the drivers one by one and rune the .exe files
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