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Planning to downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7. Will the drivers provided on my Dell "Drivers and Utilities" be compatible?


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#1 FatLord

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:03 AM

Hello!

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 15r Special Edition with Windows 8 as it's default operating system. Since I don't like it that much, I plan to format the hard drive (by going into computer-> Right click on C: -> Format) and then to do a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium on it.

After the clean installation procedure, I was wondering if I could simply insert the Dell Drivers and Utilities disc into the optical drive and intall the drivers like I would normally do.

Therefore, the real question would be: Will the Windows 8 drivers provided by Dell be compatible with Windows 7?

Thank you very much everyone.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:03 PM

I did find this one "Inspiron 15R SE 7520" If that is your model then the Dell website has Windows 7 64bit drivers and Windows 8 64 bit drivers available for download.

I would use the Windows 7 Drivers for windows 7, Just download them ahead of time and burn them to a CD or store on a flash drive so you will have them handy to use.

I would also have my Antivirus ready to install before I went on the Internet.

3rd point. Windows will prevent you from formatting the drive it is installed on. So you have to do it during the install process.

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#3 caperjac

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

Hello!

> Right click on C: -> Format) and then to do a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium on it.



FatLord


that wont work ,you cant format a hard drive[from within windows ] that's in use ,you will need to do this after booting laptop to the win7 dvd


you better check with Dell to make sure that there are drivers for win7 ,before yo udowngrade ,and also I think you should give win8 a chance it actually isn't that bad one you get to know the shortcuts .

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