Hey, I'm pretty sure others will be interested in this too so I thought I'd ask here.
I bought the 1535 last year with Vista Home Premium 32-bit. I will be getting Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Here are my questions:
1. Where would I find the correct drivers? Should I just use the Vista 64 drivers for Studio 1535?
2. If I had to format my HDD for some reason, would I be able to re-install Windows 7 with Upgrade media? I've read that the installation will ask for my Vista install disc - will the one that Dell supplied work for this?
Thanks in advance.
You should run the Upgrade Advisor before you decide what version of Win 7 to install. A laptop and its software will probably run better with 32 bit. Your upgrade disk will contain both 32 & 64 versions. BTW, you cannot upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit unless you choose Custom install, reformat and do a clean install. The 64 bit upgrade installation will work only on 64 bit vista. 64 bit versions should be installed on more powerful desktop computers with at least 4 GB of ram, IMO.
Yes the upgrade disk will be able to do a clean install and you will never be asked for your Vista disk. That's incorrect infomation. You must start the upgrade from a valid installation of an eligible operating system, but then you choose Custom install to do a clean install. Research Windows 7 at the Windows 7 help site to get all the info.
I am going to guess that you could make a bootable back-up disk from Windows 7 and therefore not need to perform the entire upgrade again, but that's just a guess. You might still need your Vista key though???
I'd like to know how the windows 7 install goes. I too have vista 32-bit on a 1535. I recently got the 64-bit upgrade and am waiting a couple days to see what the forums say. Dell says on its website that it doesn't recommend installing Widnows 7, but the upgrade advisor says everything is just fine. The only problem I've been able to find on the forums is a missing driver for the Ricoh something or other.
Keep us informed on your success! (or failure?)
Yep I will report back asap - I won't be installing till 4th Dec as that's when I go home for Christmas (I don't really want to install whilst at uni in case things go wrong!).
I'm pretty sure it'll be fine - any drivers that work on Vista should in theory work on 7 as well.
I have a 1535 w/ 3 gig memory, purchased last August. I had to uninstall SQL Server 2008 and the Catylist software for the ATI 3450 HD graphics card; I haven't reinstalled Catylist yet, but the upgrade advisor said I would be safe to. I'll list more hardware details below, but as far as the upgrade, I went to the 32 bit Home premium version of 7 and am LOVING IT!! Not to mention, it seems to be using the battery better. I did have to update a bunch of drivers and such, but it was awesome, all my stuff was there, just as I left it. Good luck with the 64 bit, I've heard that's kind of risky. Any questions I'll be glad to answer, but there really wasn't much to it, so, there you have it.
Core duo 2, 3 gig ram, radeon 3450 hd - 512mb, 250g hd, finger print reader, dell 1370 half-mini wireless g/b w/bluetooth.
Interesting actually, they weren't working right before I upgraded, so I wasn't that worried about them (I don't use them that much anyway), but I just checked and the only one that seems to be off is the mute button - it only mutes for a second. Everything else is working properly, even the Dell direct media button.