I have installed Windows 8 RTM and I can see that all the default drivers are dated 2006 😕 Even the USB driver is wrong. I wish Dell released updates for Dell Xps Lx502x so that we can use Windows 8 with optimum performance.
DELL release driver updates for Windows 8? That's a nice dream. If I would've waited for DELL to update the drivers for Windows 7 64-bit for my old Inspiron 1520, never would have had the system functioning properly. You just have to go out and find it yourself, based on my experience with my DELL model anyways.
There should be no question of DELL not having the proper updated drivers because it's an unofficial OS, Windows 8 Enterprise RTM is the official OS as been stated above. Even when Windows 8 rolls out to the retail consumers, for many DELL models that are compatible with a Windows 8 upgrade, DELL will probably not bother updating the drivers.
Currently running Windows 8 Enterprise RTM 32-bit on an Inspiron 1520
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.5Ghz
Nvidia GeForce 8600m GT
Samsung SSD SATA3 Hard Drive
Runs perfectly smooth, fortunately everything's compatible with the native drivers from Microsoft. Will eventually upgrade the driver for Wifi, graphics card, and Intel Rapid Storage Manager (unable to upgrade this driver from Intel for the time being) later to test if there's improvements, with no help from DELL.
Just some heads up: Most of the Win7 drivers work for now on Windows 8. If not, you should try to set the Compatibility to Windows 7 and they will have a higher chance of running the setup + complete installation.
For example, the Bluetooth drivers couldn't be installed because WINDOWS itself blocked the Broadcom setup. However, I got inside the folder for my architecture (x64), and set the compatibility on the setup file. Voilla. Drivers + bluetooth apps installed, and now I can add bluetooth devices 🙂
I've tried the same on the synaptics settings, but to no avail.
So, Your mileage may vary, but try the Compatibility route. If not, then wait till 26 October (at least) and Dell will made publicly the W8 drivers available.
Some update regarding my last message. For Synaptics, with the Dell supplied drivers (For my Dell Studio 1555 at least), the settings window won't open to let me configure settings like continuous or circular scrolling.
But! I've installed the drivers from synaptic's website: www.synaptics.com/.../drivers, and even thought it looks different, all settings can be changed to one's liking 🙂
So, end of story is: You have 3 choices:
1) Wait for proper Windows 8 drivers supplied by Dell
2) Try using Windows 8 compatibility
3) Install drivers from original HW manufacturer (AMD, Synaptics, etc)
Ok. I have been hunting around for info on the Win8 driver issue and came across this. No one has been talking about the Pro upgrade yet.
It was a breeze with the Inspiron 1750 and studio 1737, Toshiba C6 series, Packard bell MH and HP DV6. All perfect with only a few bits to source after Windows was in.
The Duo has been a nightmare...... I've been at it all day........... >;-(
Went through the process last night, bought the upgrade, downloaded to .iso. Windows decided the x64 was best for my Duo.......... I did not experience the same issues with WLAN and movement sensor that others have encountered. 2 Point touch works perfectly.
I am left with a Partially installed Bluetooth driver that is in error and some "unknown device" that I can't seem to shed any light on. I've been through my standard driver pack programs and dell's own to no avail. Everything seems to be operating as expected making diagnosis of the missing driver "interesting".
Anyone else got stuck here and made some headway with it?
Est ce que Dell est au courant de la sortie de Windows 8 ???
Pour mon studio XPS 15 , aucun pilote à jour !!!
J'ai plusieurs PC : Acer, Toshiba etc ... tous sont à jour, seul Dell ne l'est pas.