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Drivers Question

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by jimmy, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. jimmy

    jimmy Flightless Bird

    I just upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium..
    Running a Dell Inspiron laptop 1545 everything seems to be running fine.,
    Checking through the device manager, each item indicates (This Device is
    Working Properly)/
    No yellow flags and such.
    Now, going to Dell's website they have a list of 12 drivers listed for this
    laptop.
    Since everything is operating ok is it necessary to install these drivers ?
    and if it is necessary to install them
    do I need to go to each device and make sure the drivers I install is meant
    for it ?or is there a way
    I am able to install drivers and let the computer decide where it goes.
    If this makes no sense LOL I'll eventually get it...love the learning
    curve..I think....
    jimmy.
     
  2. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 17 Mar 2010 23:28:22 -0400, jimmy wrote:

    > I just upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium..
    > Running a Dell Inspiron laptop 1545 everything seems to be running fine.,
    > Checking through the device manager, each item indicates (This Device is
    > Working Properly)/
    > No yellow flags and such.
    > Now, going to Dell's website they have a list of 12 drivers listed for this
    > laptop.
    > Since everything is operating ok is it necessary to install these drivers ?
    > and if it is necessary to install them
    > do I need to go to each device and make sure the drivers I install is meant
    > for it ?or is there a way
    > I am able to install drivers and let the computer decide where it goes.
    > If this makes no sense LOL I'll eventually get it...love the learning
    > curve..I think....
    > jimmy.


    That *is* a tough one...

    There is always "if it ain't broke, don't break it". Still, I'd be paranoid
    enough to install the new ones.

    I updated two computers, one a Sony Vaio all-in-one and the other an HP
    laptop.

    The Sony provided a pretty easy way to select almost all of the drivers and
    software changes and download them in a single operation ( they called it
    Download Taxi).

    The HP made me select and download all the files one by one. One or two of
    them ended up not installable for the new OS, requiring me to track down
    drivers at the device makers' sites.

    In retrospect I probably should have done a clean install - upgrading was
    almost as much work :)

    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
     
  3. Colon Terminus

    Colon Terminus Flightless Bird

    If it is working fine, leave it as it is.

    If it ain't broke, it don't need fixin'.


    "jimmy" <jimmy15701@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:hns6km$g2a$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >I just upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium..
    > Running a Dell Inspiron laptop 1545 everything seems to be running fine.,
    > Checking through the device manager, each item indicates (This Device is
    > Working Properly)/
    > No yellow flags and such.
    > Now, going to Dell's website they have a list of 12 drivers listed for
    > this laptop.
    > Since everything is operating ok is it necessary to install these drivers
    > ? and if it is necessary to install them
    > do I need to go to each device and make sure the drivers I install is
    > meant for it ?or is there a way
    > I am able to install drivers and let the computer decide where it goes.
    > If this makes no sense LOL I'll eventually get it...love the learning
    > curve..I think....
    > jimmy.
    >
     
  4. John

    John Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 17 Mar 2010 23:28:22 -0400, "jimmy" <jimmy15701@gmail.com>
    wrote:

    >I just upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium..
    >Running a Dell Inspiron laptop 1545 everything seems to be running fine.,
    >Checking through the device manager, each item indicates (This Device is
    >Working Properly)/
    >No yellow flags and such.
    >Now, going to Dell's website they have a list of 12 drivers listed for this
    >laptop.
    >Since everything is operating ok is it necessary to install these drivers ?
    >and if it is necessary to install them
    >do I need to go to each device and make sure the drivers I install is meant
    >for it ?or is there a way
    > I am able to install drivers and let the computer decide where it goes.
    >If this makes no sense LOL I'll eventually get it...love the learning
    >curve..I think....
    >jimmy.
    >


    Drivers are simply a connection between your operating system
    (Windows) and a physical device - say a printer - that enables the
    computer to "talk to" or "listen to" the device in question. If the
    computer is communicating with the device it indicates that there is a
    driver, or the ability is built into the system.

    Thus, if things are working correctly and you have full functionality
    then you should not need an additional driver.

    On the other hand, and this is particularly true with video cards, you
    may have partial function, high resolution but no 3D, for example, in
    which case a new driver may well improve things.

    John B.
     
  5. relic

    relic Flightless Bird

    "jimmy" <jimmy15701@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:hns6km$g2a$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > I just upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium..
    > Running a Dell Inspiron laptop 1545 everything seems to be running fine.,
    > Checking through the device manager, each item indicates (This Device is
    > Working Properly)/
    > No yellow flags and such.
    > Now, going to Dell's website they have a list of 12 drivers listed for
    > this laptop.
    > Since everything is operating ok is it necessary to install these drivers
    > ? and if it is necessary to install them
    > do I need to go to each device and make sure the drivers I install is
    > meant for it ?or is there a way
    > I am able to install drivers and let the computer decide where it goes.
    > If this makes no sense LOL I'll eventually get it...love the learning
    > curve..I think....


    If a Dell update is important, it will get to you through Microsoft Updates
    anyway.
     
  6. Jack

    Jack Flightless Bird

    "John" <johnbslocomb@invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:4455q55sif1pl4aijtbbt43nqhlv5t5a97@4ax.com...
    >
    > Drivers are simply a connection <snip>
    >
    > John B.


    Why are you posting about 7 hours into the future?
     
  7. John Aldred

    John Aldred Flightless Bird

    jimmy wrote:

    > I just upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium..
    > Running a Dell Inspiron laptop 1545 everything seems to be running fine.,
    > Checking through the device manager, each item indicates (This Device is
    > Working Properly)/
    > No yellow flags and such.
    > Now, going to Dell's website they have a list of 12 drivers listed for
    > this laptop.
    > Since everything is operating ok is it necessary to install these drivers
    > ? and if it is necessary to install them
    > do I need to go to each device and make sure the drivers I install is
    > meant for it ?or is there a way


    I have two observations about Dell, Windows 7 and drivers.

    Firstly, I purchased a Dell Studio laptop with Win7 pre-installed.
    There was some advice that came with the machine about going to the Dell
    website and checking for updated drivers. I went to the website, entered my
    Tag Code to identify the machine, and was presented with a list of drivers
    to download. However, when I checked the version numbers of the drivers
    against those supplied by Dell with the re-install CD; they were all the
    same! No updates were necessary.

    Secondly, I did a clean install of Win7 on a Dell Inspiron 350 which
    originally came with Vista installed. I did the installation with the PC
    connected to the router. During the installation process Win7 seemed to
    find all the necessary drivers to make the system work. During the first
    Windows Update process I was presented with various additional drivers, and
    subsequently I have had some updates to drivers.

    So, If you have no yellow warnings in Device Manager, I would assume that
    all is fine - and let WU offer you any new driver updates that are issued
    by the hardware manufacturers.

    --
    John Aldred
     

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