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Downloading Drivers for Windows 7

Summary: This article provides information and resources to help you find drivers for your Microsoft Windows 7 operating system when none are available from

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  1. Use Windows Update
  2. Use Windows Vista Drivers
  3. Refer to the Hardware Manufacturer

Step 1: Use Windows Advisor and Windows Update


Steps 1, 2, and 3 are recommended for Dell systems not offering Windows 7 factory installed. Use Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to verify all your computer components and software are ready for Windows 7. This application will scan your system and provide recommendations for what you should do prior to upgrading to Windows 7.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

If you have already installed Windows 7 on your computer, try accessing the Windows Update feature on your computer. 

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Windows Update and follow the on-screen instructions provided.

If drivers are still missing from your computer, continue below.



Step 2: Use Windows Vista Drivers


If you still cannot find all of the Windows 7 drivers for your unit, most of the existing Windows Vista drivers should work. Return to Dell's Drivers and Downloads page, and download the Windows Vista drivers for your system. Be sure to check the Windows 7 Compatible Systems list to ensure that your computer is listed as Windows 7 compatible.If drivers are still missing from your computer, continue below.



Step 3: Refer to the Hardware Manufacturer


If you still are having difficulty locating some drivers, visit the support website of the manufacturer of the particular component you are looking for. The manufacturer should be able to provide you with drivers for their products.

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25 Feb 2021



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