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Upgrading Dell Latitude D610 to work with Windows 7

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  • Ok, so it's October 2010. Anyone with a Dell Latitude D610 laptop will be pleased to know that you can upgrade it to run Windows 7 relatively easily.

    Firstly I did a clean install of Windows 7 rather than an upgrade from XP or Vista. Once installed, you will notice in Control Panel -> Device Manager that 4 pieces of hardware don't have the right drivers installed. These are, Wireless Adaptor, Graphics Adaptor, Sound and I forget the last one.

    The Network port works, so attach a Cat 5 cable from your laptop to your router to establish an internet connection. Then run Windows Update. This will give you "optional upgrades" which includes all the device drivers that didn't install on your Win 7 installation.

    Once Windows Update has loaded everything you can configure the Wireless Adaptor and anything else you require.

    Hope this helps

    • Changed type Dell610 Saturday, October 30, 2010 3:03 PM help forum users
    Saturday, October 30, 2010 3:03 PM

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  • yeh but the 610 runs like a dog with 7 installed!!!
    Saturday, October 30, 2010 5:51 PM
  • Better to go to the Dell web site and download the drivers from there. Downloading drivers from Windows is a risky thing.

    I have to agree with Tracdayaddict, though. It's an old laptop and won't run W7 well. You will need to do a lot of customizing (start with disabling the Aero interface) to speed it up. Better make sure the memory is at least 2GB - 3GB.
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    Regards,
    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/personal-pc-assistant/

    On 10/30/2010 11:03 AM, Dell610 wrote:

    Ok, so it's October 2010. Anyone with a Dell Latitude D610 laptop will be pleased to know that you can upgrade it to run Windows 7 relatively easily.

    Firstly I did a clean install of Windows 7 rather than an upgrade from XP or Vista. Once installed, you will notice in Control Panel ->  Device Manager that 4 pieces of hardware don't have the right drivers installed. These are, Wireless Adaptor, Graphics Adaptor, Sound and I forget the last one.

    The Network port works, so attach a Cat 5 cable from your laptop to your router to establish an internet connection. Then run Windows Update. This will give you "optional upgrades" which includes all the device drivers that didn't install on your Win 7 installation.

    Once Windows Update has loaded everything you can configure the Wireless Adaptor and anything else you require.

    Hope this helps


    Regards, Hank Arnold (MVP - DS)
    Sunday, October 31, 2010 10:44 AM
  • i have gone to the dell website over and over and i still can  not get the driver i need
    Friday, February 28, 2014 5:38 PM
  • how did u get ur AUDIO to work ???????
    Monday, April 21, 2014 5:59 PM
  • You have to download the XP Version of the driver then before you open it....

    1. Right Click

    2. click Properties 

    3. hit the compatibility tab

    4. check the "run this program in compatibility mode"

    5. click the drop down menu below the check box and select "windows XP (service pack 2)"

    6. click apply

    7. click ok

    8. Run the driver and that should do it.

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 7:46 PM
  • Thank you I had this problem too and it worked

    Sunday, September 07, 2014 5:52 AM