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

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

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

    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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    OH Smeg

    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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    asaunders12

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

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    OH Smeg

    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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    rdconway

    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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    phudson38

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

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    rdconway

    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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    OH Smeg

    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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    rdconway

    Thanks Col. I looked at Speccy from Piriform which also lists hardware and requires fewer clicks to get to the specific driver file names.

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    rdconway

    Col, I was looking at the OS files that Dell suggested when I restored the D610 back to XP (Dell's OS restore disk failed and they no longer provide them so I had to cobble it back together). One of them is "System Firmware: Dell Firmware-Dock Bay/D-Bay FX2 Firmware". I am not familiar with the difference between firmware and software/drivers. The docking system is critical since this computer is the "heart" of the home WiFi network (router, printer, etc.) and is used by my wife who needs the external monitor, keyboard/mouse and external audio. Do you have a gut feeling as to whether this file might still work with WIN 7 or 8? I know that Dell has not provided an update. I also know that with a USB hub I might be able to recreate the set up without the dock but USB hubs have limitations and I will have an ugly pile of equipment and cables that will not make my wife happy. I have the time to work on this but unfortunately not the money for a new computer. I really appreciate your contributions to this thread...and my issue. Ron

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    OH Smeg

    Firmware isn't like Drivers it's more like the BIOS in the system and ideally should be Platform Independent.

    Col

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    rdconway

    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! Sorry for posting this twice.

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    OH Smeg

    Yes that is what Platform Independent means it doesn't matter which version of Windows or for that matter any other OS that you use.

    Col

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    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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    asaunders12

    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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    OH Smeg

    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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    asaunders12

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

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    OH Smeg

    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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    rdconway

    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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    phudson38

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

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    rdconway

    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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    OH Smeg

    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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    rdconway

    Thanks Col. I looked at Speccy from Piriform which also lists hardware and requires fewer clicks to get to the specific driver file names.

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    rdconway

    Col, I was looking at the OS files that Dell suggested when I restored the D610 back to XP (Dell's OS restore disk failed and they no longer provide them so I had to cobble it back together). One of them is "System Firmware: Dell Firmware-Dock Bay/D-Bay FX2 Firmware". I am not familiar with the difference between firmware and software/drivers. The docking system is critical since this computer is the "heart" of the home WiFi network (router, printer, etc.) and is used by my wife who needs the external monitor, keyboard/mouse and external audio. Do you have a gut feeling as to whether this file might still work with WIN 7 or 8? I know that Dell has not provided an update. I also know that with a USB hub I might be able to recreate the set up without the dock but USB hubs have limitations and I will have an ugly pile of equipment and cables that will not make my wife happy. I have the time to work on this but unfortunately not the money for a new computer. I really appreciate your contributions to this thread...and my issue. Ron

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    OH Smeg

    Firmware isn't like Drivers it's more like the BIOS in the system and ideally should be Platform Independent.

    Col

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    rdconway

    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! Sorry for posting this twice.

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    OH Smeg

    Yes that is what Platform Independent means it doesn't matter which version of Windows or for that matter any other OS that you use.

    Col