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Windows 7: Can one partition be unprotected?

29 Oct 2011   #1

Win7 Home Prem. x64
Can one partition be unprotected?

"You need to go to the Dell website & download the Win XP drivers for model.
or you may find them on Dell drivers CD."

In the continuing saga, Gomer finds that Dell insists that it only supports Win7 and Vista for my machine and thus no drivers are listed. However, I went to the Broadcom website and found that the driver was good for both OS. I used Device Manager to copy it, but obviously there are many other things I must be missing.

At this point, I can accept that I can work around the issue of no internet with XP, however, there is the issue of updates. For example, I have SP2 installed, but not SP3. XP tells me I am out of date with my antivirus. Also I have none of the many updates that MS issued over the years. I can go out and get some files with Win7, but often these are just installer programs which need to access the internet to do their job. Catch-22. (If you haven't been in the military or read the book, read it.)

So, my question is: Is it safe to have this unprotected OS on my machine if I do not ever use it on the internet? Everything is up to date on the 7 side. (There is always the option of taking the HD out of the old XP machine and putting it in this machine to transfer those files, BUT there are all the registry entries that don't get dealt with so I'm thinking that would not be a good thing to do.)

Knowledge is a great thing, if you have it. Thanks all

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29 Oct 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


Gomer, what happens when you run the Broadcom driver for your wireless model? This is an alternative to browsing to driver from Device Manager if it isn't picking it up.

Once the driver is working, click on the wireless icon in your System Tray to see if it detects your network and Connect. If not, open Network Connections from Control Panel to disable then re-enable the Device to see if this makes it work. The troubleshooter may also give you some resources to use.

The rest of the Devices can be hunted by googling the exact make/model name or if it isn't listed or doesn't give enough information in Device Manager use this tool: Hardware Identification.

Note that some search results will be driver program downloads which you may want to avoid to instead go directly to the manufacturer's website or another free download. Some free programs like DriverMax were useful in XP era but I don't know about now.

Meanwhile you can set Avast 6 Custom scan to scan your XP drive in addition to Win7.
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