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A question on reformatting and drivers


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#1 ampharos82

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 01:43 AM

As the topic says, I do not have the driver CD for my Dell that I plan on reformatting. As i look up the hardware that is installed on my computer, it says that some of the drivers are digitally signed by Microsoft Windows Publisher and provided by Microsoft. My brother says that some of the drivers could be automatically installed by Windows after I reformat it, but would it really? So, if the provider says Windows, would that mean that Windows can download this driver by itself?

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 02:30 AM

Look on the back of your computer there should be a service tag
Go here & enter the service tag

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx

You can get all the drivers for your computer


If you can't find the service tag use the model & Select a model

As for the drivers being installed by Windows that really depends on what version of Windows you are installing.
If It's XP more then likely most drivers will be installed by Windows.

" digitally signed by Microsoft " simply means it has MS's "blessing" .

a device co. can pay to have their drivers tested & "digitally signed" by MS.
Some manufacturers choose not to pay MS to test their drivers .
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Posted 21 March 2009 - 02:59 AM

I've installed Vista, XP, and Windows 7 a few times, most of the drivers do download and install automatically. Digitally signed by Microsoft does mean a little more than simply having their blessing, but for the most part it generally means that the drivers shouldn't cause any catastrophic failures and have some level of stability. If you are using a 64-bit edition of Windows Vista or 7, the drivers must be signed.

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 03:14 AM

All righty. Thank you for the answers guys. Phew, what a relief that I won't have to find all those drivers and install them.

So I'm guessing, the ones that are provided by microsoft will be downloaded by microsoft, while the ones that are not provided by microsoft will have to be installed manually?

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 06:22 PM

if they dont, all you gotta do is get on the dell website and download them.

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