ksudarsan
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Installing Win 7 on Inspiron 1520

I am looking to upgrade my Inspiron 1520 from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 OS. I would like to know if this is possible before upgrading components on my laptop.

Thanks!

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Re: Installing Win 7 on Inspiron 1520

ksudarsan,

Thank you for using the Dell Community Forum.

Click the link below to run the Win7 upgrade advisor to see if your system can run windows 7.

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Philip_Yip
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Re: Installing Win 7 on Inspiron 1520

If it can run Windows Vista 32 bit, it can run Windows 7 32 bit no problem. Likely it can run the 64 bit version but you should check the upgrade advisor. You can use the 32 bit drivers with Windows 7 except for the bluetooth. See my wiki A Clean Install of Windows for full instructions.

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Bozone44
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RE: Installing Win 7 on Inspiron 1520

The Upgrade adviser OKed my 1520. But there's no way I've found to make the install work.

Right after the install starts it hangs, an asks for a driver for the cd/dvd .  Dell does not make one and I've not been able to find one else where.  The is no way around the that I've found. End of install.

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Installing Win 7 on Inspiron 1520

It hangs where, are you stuck on this screen?

May I ask what installation media you are using. Does you Installation DVD contain Service Pack 1 and does it contain the media refresh update?

At this screen have you attempted loading SATA Drivers:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/a-clean-install-of-windows/downloading-preparing-and-loadi...

My last post on this thread was 2 years ago since then I have made unofficial driver sets:

Dr Philip Yip
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Bozone44
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RE: Installing Win 7 on Inspiron 1520

The software you pointed me to is for hard drives not cd/dvd. I tried installing it any way but windows will not accept it.

I am using a download from Digital River, Win 7 Pro. ISO burn to both DVD and USB. Both hang at the same place and ask for the cd/dvd driver. Installing from USB and pulling the DVD drive didn't help.

Any other ideas.

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Installing Win 7 on Inspiron 1520

The most probable cause is an incomplete download. What .iso are you downloading and what size is the .iso you have? e.g. X17-58997.iso?

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


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Bozone44
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RE: Installing Win 7 on Inspiron 1520

I am downloading them again. I've tried both x17-59183.iso and x17-59463, both hang at the same spot.

I've delete these files so i don't know the exact size but it was over 2 gig.

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Installing Win 7 on Inspiron 1520

X17-59183.iso should be 2.4 GB and X17-59463 should also be 2.4 GB.

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Bozone44
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RE: Installing Win 7 on Inspiron 1520

Downloaded  x17-59463 again ,it is 2,097,154 kb, it shows up in my download fold as complete, and it doe's start the installation process, but hangs for the driver install.

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