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DRIVERS HELP. Going to clean Install Windows 7. Inspiron 570

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#1 Zeek1017


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:02 PM

How's it going?


I'm planning on doing a clean install of windows 7 via flash drive on my Inspiron 570. (Using Iso image from Digital River)


I've done the clean install before with no problem but ran into trouble installing internet  and other drivers


I wanted to  know if anyone could tell me the correct way and order to install the drivers, I need to get internet access after clean install


I've downloaded the LAN Driver from here. https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?lang=eng&DwnldID=18795


I've also downloaded Modem, Audio, Chipset, Serial ATA, Video drivers from here http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/product/inspiron-570


I've also downloaded the network drivers from the the Dell website but they didn't work for me last time, read up on the here as well. http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/t/19458386.aspx



I'm trying to be as detailed as possible because i'm new to the technical aspect of computers



Also, are there any Windows 7 drivers I will need?







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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 05:48 PM

I think the logical way to do this is install in sequence :



Chipset drivers






There is the possibility that Windows might ask for the SATA drivers either before or during the Windows install.


Given that you say that you have had a problem with the network I would get hold of a copy of 'Speccy' from here




A very useful utility which will tell - as well as far more information that you won't need at the time ! - exactly what hardware you have built into your computer. Armed with the knowledge of exactly what LAN and WLAN hardware you have, finding the correct drivers becomes much easier. One other tip - Dells very often come with a barcode on them somewhere. If you type the number off the barcode into Dell's support page you will get taken directly to a page where all your drivers are available.


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#3 DavidBetournay


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Posted 13 September 2013 - 10:05 PM

Since Windows 6.x (6/7/8 are all Windows 6.x) it doesn't make much difference which order you install them in, it didn't much before either. It is good to install the chipset drivers early on but not important. Personally, I have done a million and one installs and the best things to do first are networking and video drivers. Why? Because then after you install them and reboot you can set the display to the proper resolution, the display will also be running hardware accelerated, and with networking running you can be downloading the Windows updates in the background as you download/copy a million other things to the system.


Basically, if you install the LAN driver - that is, if it doesn't install automatically from the Win7 install disk - you can use Windows Update and look at the Optional/Recommended updates and a lot of the drivers for your system will be listed to be installed automatically. However, it is always a best practice to be sure to have ethernet/wireless drivers before the install in case they aren't included with Windows.


Good Luck,


David Betournay

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