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Windows 7: Windows 7 for Vista?


04 Jun 2012   #1

 
Windows 7 for Vista?

hello, need some advice.

I have the ill fortune of owning an Alienware M17 Area 51 laptop. I paid close to 3grand for it a few years back when it came out. I'm trying to hold on to it for as long as i can. The trouble is that I installed Windows 7, not realizing that my hardwares base components were designed for Windows Vista. So finding compatible drivers and what not has been close to impossible. Before I make the hard decision of rolling back to Windows Vista, I was wondering if there was anything [like a patch maybe] that would help me to continue running Windows 7?

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04 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hiya pal

You haven't filled in your system specs in full, but have you had a looky over here M17x
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04 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If the system ran Windows VIsta fine, then it should run Windows 7 okay as well. Your service code will show you what drivers Dell has available. If they aren't available on Dell's website, you should be able to get them through Windows Update or through the individual hardware manufacturer's websites...such as Intel, Realtek, etc.
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04 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

As PooMan UK indicated, the Dell site has Win 7 X64 driver for the M17 laptops.
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04 Jun 2012   #5

 

hey thanks for the reply. Like i said it's an Alien M17 not to be mistaken for a M17x. I added some of the specs to my profile. Some drivers I was able to get, or should I say get to work. such as my audio card, i finally got my headphones working. I get pretty good display resolution from the Windows 7 display driver, but i'm sure my CrossFire X is not enabled. [which is pretty much the thing that makes an Alienware -an Alienware]. I can't get my SD card reader to work. It's an SDA Standard Compliant Host controller. I'm still searching for my security drivers. I have AlienSense Facial Recognition Software and Biometric Fingerprint Reader.

I just don't understand why the device manager say that all the current drivers are up to date when they are obviously not. When I look up the spec for my computer on-line it specifically says Windows Vista.
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04 Jun 2012   #6

W7 Professional x64
 
 

I'd recommend looking at the bottom of your laptop.* If it's an m17 then I bet it's a Clevo-based machine, in which case you should be able to get drivers from Clevo/Pro-Star/etc.

*There should be a tag indicating that it's possessed of either clevo/pro-star components and will list a secondary 'model number.'
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04 Jun 2012   #7

 

My Alienware updating will be an on going thing. I will look into your suggestions. This may sound like I'm changing the topic, but it is somewhat related. This PC I've had more than 3 yrs. I paid close to 3grand. that's about a grand a year. It will serve as a good backup. When I get home from deployment in 3 months. I think I will buy a new laptop. You all seem very knowledgeable. What do you recommend would be ideal for someone who likes to use a lot of graphic software (All Adobe software, Autodesk, etc.) I like to use 3D software, animating that requires a lot of power or I'll be rendering all day. I'm also into photography and video. I like the convenience of a laptop, but I need power. What laptops are out there that handle graphic software well, have a good battery life, and of course will stand the test of time. by that I mean Windows 8, 9, 10... I thought Alienware was a good choice at the time, but the way it looks now, it's like ZTruker put it, "I got the Meatball." I don't mind spending the money, but I don't want to make the same mistake.

thanks again
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04 Jun 2012   #8

W7 Professional x64
 
 

I'd honestly say build your own desktop. Speaking as someone in similar straits as you (I have a WidowPC from 2007 which is now a $3,000 paperweight), and building a desktop that does things like that and then a lighter-weight laptop is really the route to go.

Either that or a nice desktop and buy yourself something like the Samsung Series 7.
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04 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Your best option is to get a desktop.
A $1500 desktop will have twice the amount of power as a $3000 laptop.
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04 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cancerous View Post
Your best option is to get a desktop.
A $1500 desktop will have twice the amount of power as a $3000 laptop.
Dollar amount is not directly related to processing power. I can build a sub-$500 desktop that would be an order of magnitude more powerful than his Alienware computer.
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