I'm planning to upgrade my DELL Inspiron 1318 notebook from Win Vista (32-bit) to Win 7. It has a DELL 1395 WLAN wireless card. The Win 7 Upgrade Advisor says the WLAN card is not compatible with the 32-bit Win 7 but is compatible with the 64-bit version. This seems suspicious since it works with 32-bit Win Vista. Can anyone explain why the Advisor gave this result?
The Dell drivers only show Vista 32 bit drivers for this wireless card. Dell supports Windows 7 64 bit but there are no WLAN cards/drivers listed. The Win 7 advisor is correct. You will have to use a different wireless interface with Win 7.
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It may be possible to install the Dell 1395 WLAN wireless card in compatibility mode due to the fact that a Windows Vista 32-bit driver does exist. In many cases, Windows Vista 32-bit drivers can be used to install hardware within Windows 7 in situations where a Windows 7 driver does not yet exist.
The Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN MiniCard drivers for both Windows Vista 32-bit and Windows Vista 64-bit can be found here.
For your convenience I have included the instructions for Compatibility Hardware Device Drivers by Microsoft MVP, Ronnie Vernon, from the TechNet forums:
COMPATIBILITY HARDWARE DEVICE DRIVERS:
1. Place the driver installation file on the Desktop.
2. Right Click the driver installation file and select Properties/Compatibility Tab. Select the appropriate options in from the list. In your case, you would select Windows Vista.
3. Click Apply/OK.
4. Right Click the file and select the Run As Administrator option to install.
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