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Windows 7: Clean Win 7 install on Dell Vista Machine

15 Dec 2016   #1
Donbo

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Clean Win 7 install on Dell Vista Machine

I want to do a clean install on a dell vista 32 bit machine. Can that be done, I do not have any drivers for the dell? Should I do an upgrade instead?


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15 Dec 2016   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. You need first to goto dell site put in you tag number and see if drivers are there for win7 if so download them to a usb or simliar then you can boot win7 dvd delete all paritions and let windows create new ones and then if needed you have drivers to hand it should all work as long as there are drivers
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15 Dec 2016   #3
Donbo

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks
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16 Dec 2016   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

As Samuria mentioned, see if Dell has win7 drivers for your computer.
Even if it doesn't, you can try to use the Vista drivers.
- If you don't have the Dell Vista Factory Recover disks, make them.
- Back your data to an external drive.
- Do a clean install. Boot win 7 installation disk, go to install - advanced - delete ALL partitions - proceed.
Windows will create 2 partitions (MSR and a NTFS). Clean Install Windows 7
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16 Dec 2016   #5
Donbo

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I did a search on making a Factory Recover disk and it looks kinda complicated at the website i went to. I will have to get the service tag off of the machine to see if dell has 32 bit drivers for windows 7. Thanks for all the help. The vista machine is at my work so it will be a couple of days.
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17 Dec 2016   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Normally you have an option to build the Factory Recover disks from a BIOS option. IF you still have Vista working, under windows you will find it on Dell programs.
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19 Dec 2016   #7
Donbo

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Dell does not have Windows 7 drivers listed for my machine, says they are not supported. I downloaded the Windows 7 update checker and it said that Windows 7 will work on it. I suppose that means the vista drivers will work for Windows 7?
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19 Dec 2016   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

As long as your NIC is working, snaildriver is a good free program to find and install your drivers.
Free Windows Driver Updater by Snaildriver

What is your machine model?
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19 Dec 2016   #9
Donbo

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
As long as your NIC is working, snaildriver is a good free program to find and install your drivers.
Free Windows Driver Updater by Snaildriver

What is your machine model?
The machine is a Dell Inspiron 531.
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19 Dec 2016   #10
Donbo

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I do not know how long this forum has been going but THANKS for all the help!!!! U people are GREAT.
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