That's about it - other than to realize that XP goes end of life in about five months (April 9, 2014). On that date, all security updates for XP cease - it's time to consider moving to Windows 7 if you have plans to use the system for longer than the next five months.
Since I'm doing this for my granddaughters computer I will just do the drivers and leave computer as xp for now but will need to get it upgraded before updates no longer available so appreciate any help on this is appreciated.
One thing I notice is a ton of drivers for Dell Wireless... and these are recommended. Do I need to add all of them?
Also there are quite a few optional drivers. Should they be downloaded in the event they are needed or wait.
Thanks for your help.
Thanks for your response.
If I upgrade to Windows 7 what would I need to do differently as far as drivers if anything.
No, the driver install order remains the same.
Also, as to your other question, there should be only one driver for your laptop's wireless card.
Hi and thank you again.
I will then work to do the drivers in order but am asked for the PCMCIA and/orSmartcard drivers. I see this one in list given:
O2Micro OZ77Cxx USB SmartCard Controller, v.126.96.36.199, A04
but don't see anything for a smart card but maybe I am missing it.
Do install that driver.
By the way, if you upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 7, you will have to go through this entire process again.
The bad news is that Dell has no Windows 8 or Windows 7 drivers for this model.
Not saying that you can't install Windows 7 or Windows 8 on it or that you won't be able to find drivers.
The question is whether the $100 you will be paying for Windows to install on this laptop is money well spent versus paying $350 for the cheapest new laptop that will still be faster than the D630.
Of course, maybe Microsoft will offer a great deal for Windows 8 when April 2014 rolls around.