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How do you know what apps need drivers after OS laptop install

By asaunders12 ·
What are the common device applications needed to load on the laptop after windows OS is loaded

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Not sure what you are asking,

usually the only drivers you would need are for hardware components, such as
video, optical disk drives, wireless and/or ethernet adapters, mouse/trrackpad,
and sometimes a hard drive utility. As for applications, unless it is in reference
to some peripheral such as a printer, it is rare that they need their own driver.
My advice is to know your hardware prior to installing the OS, and download
any drivers that may be needed prior to installing the OS, though many times
with later Windows versions the base Windows drivers at least provide some
functionality, then you can go on the internet if needed and grab specialty
drivers. Download and save your hardware drivers on their own installation
media, such as a CD/DVD disk or USB thumb drive. Then when needed you
can insert the disk during or after Windows installation.

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by asaunders12 In reply to Not sure what you are ask ...

Thank you for your quick response and I'll try to rephrase my question. After loading the OS on a laptop, what devices will need applications to run them. Like if there is a camera it will need a application to run.

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Well, in the case of the camera, know the make and model,
visit the manufacturer's web site, and see what they offer.
Windows may have some rudimentary camera applications,
and my favorite Windows image handling program does pretty
good with images from a wide range of formats...
IrfanView...it's freeware, I highly recommend it.
Other peripherals would need the same research.

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Well the common things are but this depends on the OS being used

by OH Smeg In reply to How do you know what apps ...

Under Windows systems before Vista Sound Cards, Video Drivers, Network Drivers both wired and wireless, Web Cams, and things like Printers, scanners and so on.

When it comes to Linux it really depends on which Distro but overall WiFi Drivers in a lot of cases.

Col

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by asaunders12 In reply to Well the common things ar ...

I would be using as OS, Windows 7/ Windows XP

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Well with Windows 7

by OH Smeg In reply to How do you know what apps ...

It tends to pickup most Hardware Drivers as it installs. Though things like Video Capture, printer and scanner drivers will be needed after it's installed.

Even though it picks up most of the hardware connected when it's installed you may however need to update drivers to get the best performance.

With XP unless you are looking at a Slipstreamed Install with the specific drivers for your Hardware which is what most System Builders Supply other than Creative Sound cards it will need drivers for just about everything especially Realtech Sound and Video Card and all Network Connections including WiFi, Modems and so on. So if you are using a Microsoft supplied Install Disc for XP expect to need drivers for everything including SATA HDD. If you have one of the M'Boards that needs SATA Drivers it's easier to Slipstream a Install Disc with nLite available free here

www.nliteos.com/download.html

As most new systems no longer have a Floppy Drive to install the SATA Driver from which is what XP Install Requires.

Col

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by rdconway In reply to Well with Windows 7

If by Platform independent, you mean independent of the Windows version, then it sounds like it may worth a try. The worst that can happen is that I will have to go back and reinstall Windows XP...and I've already done that. It will likely be a month or so before I can set aside the time to take this on. If this thread is still alive, I'll post my experience and lessons learned. Thanks Col!

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Ask the Manufacturer

by phudson38 In reply to How do you know what apps ...

Go to the manufacturer's website and download the drivers for your configuration.

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by rdconway In reply to How do you know what apps ...

Hitchhiking on asaunders12 original question; I previously tried to upgrade my old Dell Latitude D610 to Windows 7 from XP Pro even though it did not meet Windows 7 stated minimum system requirements. Windows 7 appeared to correctly install but my drivers (I have all the original system installation and OS files) would not work. A little research at Dell.com informed me that Dell has not and will not update any of the D610 drivers (and, I assume Dell System files) for Windows 7. Not in the mood for a major project, I reinstalled XP. I assume that I am in the same situation regarding upgrading to Windows 8. Any suggestions before an otherwise very workable laptop becomes obsolete due to lack of MS support for XP?

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by OH Smeg In reply to More Question Detail

Look at your Installed Hardware in the Device Manager and Google them to see if there are 7 or 8 Drivers.

Most XP Hardware has 7 Drivers from it's maker but as Dell is a System Assembler they are not the Hardware Maker.

Col

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