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Windows 7: Win7 install on new disk on Dell Optiplex760 wants Driver location

04 Jun 2018   #1

Win7 Pro 64bit
Win7 install on new disk on Dell Optiplex760 wants Driver location

GE to all. I have an OptiPlex 760 with 8Gb memory and 3.3 GHz processor. About 2 weeks ago the hard disk crashed and has now been replaced. I tried to use a previously saved copy of the Microsoft Windows 7 restore DVD.

While attempting to use this DVD to reinstall Windows 7 on the new drive I of course could not use any of the options presented on the restore disk so I opened a console and dropped back to the root directory and ran setup.exe. After running for a few moments a window came up asking for the location of the drivers. I have looked in ALL of the directories on the DVD and found NO drivers that the Windows 7 disk that windows recognized. I have tried to find out if there was a second disk to a normal installation kit but everyone I ask say they don't have one.

So the natural thought was to go to the Dell sight where I downloaded the drivers.... Great right! Not so much.... most of the drivers were in the form of exe files and of course the windows disk will not recognize them. SO.. is this something that windows is screwing up on? Is there really another Disk? What? How do I fix this and get my operating system back on the new drive?

All help appreciated


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07 Jun 2018   #2

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

I suggest that you do a factory restore of the computer. Reboot to the factory restore disk, if you have it. This will do a clean install of whatever was on the computer when it was new. (If the computer came with XP or Vista, that is what you will have after doing a factory restore.)

Be aware that a factory restore will wipe your drive clean before doing the restore, so copy anything you want to keep from the computer before doing this.

If you do not have the factory restore disk, then reboot the computer, and start tapping the F8 key. When the menu appears, choose Repair Your Computer. Work your way through the choices till you get to Dell Factory Image Restore. Choose that, and your computer will do a factory restore.

If neither of these options work, then go to the following web site to see how to either download the factory restore image or get the factory restore disk from Dell:
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07 Jun 2018   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Extract the drivers from the exe using 7-zip
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