Sure, which is what I did. Unfortunately Dell has been completely silent on why they won't support Windows 7 on the XPS M1730. I don't buy the "it's an old system" line - their own support grid shows that they support Windows 7 on older models.
I honestly don't mind waiting for my laptop to be officially supported but I'd like to know why it isn't SPECIFICALLY. As in, "we're having problems getting such-and-such to work correctly in Windows 7" or "we're seeing a heat issue with this component using the drivers we have." SOMETHING. The silence is deafening in my humble opinion.
And I agree with Mantari - I did a clean install of Win7 Ultimate 64-Bit RTM.
It's probably for the same reason why Dell doesn't want to provide a free windows 7 upgrade to Dell XPS M1730 customers. I'm also annoyed by the fact that Dell doesn't support my XPS M1730 but that's Dell for you.
I had the same problem. After I gave up on 64 bit and when I was installing 32 bit, I noticed that I never installed the Intel chipset, which I thought might probably have been the Base System Device. This would be an important driver. Did you try the Vista 64-bit? Unfortunately, there are lots of drivers not available yet.
I too am somewhat surprised at the lack of support (at this point) for Windows 7 on our XPS M1730 laptops. Being an IT guy, I have no fear of trying things though, and thought I would share my results with you.
I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 on my M1730 last night. I had replaced my original and slower RAID 0 (striped) 340GB 5400 rpm drives, with a pair of 500GB 7200 rpm drives, also configured in RAID 0 for performance. There were several items showing as unkown in device manager, as you have all witnessed. However, using the Vista 64 drivers from the Dell web site, I was able to load suitable drivers for ALL unknown devices. The unknown Base System Device is the Ricoh R5C833 listed under Chipset, as mentioned elsewhere in this thread. This is for the 8-in1 memory card reader.
Here's the list of Vista 64 drivers I used, to make my Windows 7 Ultimate 64 device manager happy...
Drivers & Downloads XPS M1730
In the order I did, or would install the drivers/updates...
BIOS - Dell XPS M1730 System BIOS A10 (mine was already at ver A10 so I didn't update)
Chipset - Intel Mobile Chipset
Chipset - Ricoh R5C833
Audio - Sigmatel STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio (although I think Win 7 had loaded a working driver, I went ahead and upated with this one)
Input Device Drivers - Creative Labs Laptop Integrated Webcam
Input Device Drivers - Dell Touchpad - Pointing Stick
Network - Broadcom 57XX Gigabit Integrated Controller
Network - Intel (R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Video - Ageia PhysX Processor
Video - nVidia GeForce GO 8700 GT SLI Driver
Video - nVidia GeForce GO 8700M GT SLI BIOS (The BIOS on my video card was a bit outdated, so I updated. The download is an ISO which you must burn to CD, then boot from it to perform BIOS update on both video cards)
I haven't had much time to put it through it's paces yet, but at this point, it's running without a hitch. I'll keep you posted if anything out of the ordinary surfaces...
Another XPS M1730 Owner here. They were still selling them in July, Mine was shipped on July 12th. I had wodnered why I wasn't offered the Windows 7 upgrade so close to launch like Vista on my previous laptops.
Anyway, I jsut purchased the Windows 7 Home premium and came looking for drivers ahead of time and didnt see it support on my system page. then came here.
I wanted to find out before I blew my laptop away with a new install and then would have to revert if it didn't take. It looks like it does but only if I do all the work.
I would think that with, (At least this laptop), Dell selling them just over 3 months ago, it would be supported by now?
Hi - Back again after following the recent posts.
I have a M1710, a little older than yours, granted 🙂
I have received my Win7 discs and installed the 64bit version. All drivers installed automatically except the unknown Base System Device which is, as mentioned, the Ricoh R5C833 card reader driver.
1) the Dell Truemobile 355 Bluetooth+EDR although installed fine does not function correctly -
2) when the battery is charging a red cross appears stating that it may be advisable to replace the battery - (previously it would just show it charging with a little animated battery filling up) When it's charged, it turns green and all appears well.
Has anyone else noticed these 2 points?
You did not specify what hardware you have. I would think that if you had a problem, support would make you revert back to windows vista or at least blame everything on Windows 7. I would buy another harddrive and try the install there.
I still have Vista on another harddrive and I am working Windows 7 32-bit. However, I think I will try another install of Windows 7 64-bit on another hard drive (I have several 7200 rpm drives, I don't use Raid and my data is on a separate drive) because of new info from users in this forum.
Becareful with your GPU and heat issues, my 8800m fried a week ago running normal Vista and I use a Laptop cooler under it, at only 14months old. I`m in common Dell Hell due to this as they dont seem to have replacement stock for the 8800m, causing me no end of worries due to needing the laptop for work aswell as gaming. Sorry for the negativity but did you have any graphical crashes before you installed windows 7 at all, just wondering if you may have a problem brewing like mine? Hopefully you havent as I would hate for anyone to be going through Dell Hell like me.
They replaced my XPS M1730 when it was 10 months old with an upgraded new M1730. It took about 6 weeks to get it. Hope you got something else to work with in the mean time.