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Windows 7: After Clean Install Drivers for Network Adapters Missing

16 Oct 2016   #1
KCav45

Windows 7 64-bit SP1
 
 
After Clean Install Drivers for Network Adapters Missing

After making a clean installation of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1 to a Samsung SSD 850 PRO I booted my laptop. The system started but I could not create an internet connection. I went to Device Manager and it said the drivers for the network adapters were not found. I shut down, reinstalled the old hard drive and restarted. It connected to the Internet. I ran Device Manager and found that the following network adapters listed and working:
  1. Intel, 82577LM Gigabit Network Connection
  2. Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6250N AGN
  3. Intel Centrino WiMAX 6250
  4. Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
  5. Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter #2
I went to the Windows/System32 folder and to the Windows/System32/Drivers folder, on the old hard drive and found the drivers that were running the adapters. I copied them to a USB FD. Then I shut down, removed the old hard drive and install the new SSD. I rebooted the system, inserted the USB FD containing the drivers and copied them into Windows/System32/<Drivers> on the new SSD. Then I rebooted the system.
This did not solve the problem. What should I do?


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16 Oct 2016   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. It will need .inf files or it won't know about drivers it's not a good way to do it they will be on motherboard CD or download one on another PC and copy the install once you have the net you can get the rest
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16 Oct 2016   #3
KCav45

Windows 7 64-bit SP1
 
 

[QUOTE= It will need .inf files or it won't know about drivers [/QUOTE]

Should I reinstall the old hard drive? Find the .inf and copy it to the USB FD? Where should I kook for .inf files?
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16 Oct 2016   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

There in windows/inf but its not a good way to do it its a lot of messing and downloading the files is quicker and safer
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16 Oct 2016   #5
KCav45

Windows 7 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
downloading the files is quicker and safer
I can not log onto the Internet with the SSD installed in my laptop without installing the drivers for its network adapter. I can log onto the Internet from a different computer and download to a USB FD. I know the names of the network adapters that need drivers what should I do, Google? Where are the inf files?

KCav
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17 Oct 2016   #6
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you can connect the old drive using a USB external enclosure, you can have the driver update search the System32 folder on the old drive for the driver.
Otherwise, go to the Dell site and download the appropriate drivers.
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17 Oct 2016   #7
KCav45

Windows 7 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
go to the Dell site and download the appropriate drivers.
Reinstalled old hard drive, went to Dell Support Forum and ran system diagnostics - everything is working and all the drivers are up to date.

When I connect the old hard drive to my laptop with USB/SATA adapter I can not connect to the Internet. However if I installed the old hard drive inside the laptop and connected the SSD to the laptop with the USB/SATA adapter I can log onto the Dell website and download the drivers to the SSD.

Thank you for mentioning Dell website. I will try the download and install tomorrow and if the drivers install I am going to run Dell's System Diagnostics.

KCav
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