Can Vista drivers work with Windows 7????


  • Hardware:
    Mobile AMD Sempron 3600+  2.0 GHz
    1.5 GB of RAM
    75gb hard drive 5,400 RPM
    ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 -- 128mb of video memory -- 401MHz -- Catalyst Control Center 9.3
    Sigma Tel Sound Card

    Laptop Model: Dell Vostro 1000:

    I'm not sure! I checked on Dell's website for Windows 7 drivers, but them seem to not have. Can I use Vista drivers?
    Monday, December 21, 2009 10:13 PM


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  • Yes in Vista Compatibility mode if the install of Windows 7 doesn't install its own drivers for it and you have issues with the Windows installed drivers.  Let us know how it progresses.

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    • Marked as answer by Honoka Tuesday, December 22, 2009 1:40 AM
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 12:07 AM
  • I have installed many "vista drivers" on 7 with no problems.  All you need to do is install the correct platform (32-bit or 64-bit) If you got win 7 32-bit installed, install 32-bit vista drivers.  If you got win 7 64-bit installed, install 64-bit drivers.

    The compatibility mode is mainly for the exe program that extracts the driver data and installs it automatically,  I have not had a problem using vista 64-bit installers on Windows 7, however some driver installers may have both 32-bit and 64-bit drivers rolled into them. These installers try to detect which version of windows your using. Since it don't know windows 7 it fails. This where the app compatibilty mode comes in.  Your basicly just telling the driver installer app "hey Im Vista" and it installs.  Because 7 is Vista, just tweaked out, re-packaged, and remarketed.  

    You can also install devices manually using inf files which maybe nessary for older hardware.  My VIA Rine 3 Nic was like that. 

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 2:09 AM
  • Hello xxDustinxx,


    If you meet some problems lacking of some device driver, you might go to Device Manager, right click your hardware device in the list and select Update Driver Software; then click Search automatically for updated driver software or directly download the latest driver from Microsoft Update Catalog.


    Note: Drivers on the Windows Update site are directly provided by hardware manufacturers. Microsoft tests drivers in various environments before they are published; however, we cannot guarantee all drivers will work on all hardware platforms as there are too many different models, although their hardware ID are the same as the standard version. In some cases, due to hardware modifications by different manufacturers, the driver updates may cause some error.


    If it does not work on your issue, I'd suggest you installing the Vista driver in Compatibility mode. Remove and rescan that hardware device in Device Manager, right-click on the driver executable/installer file -> Properties and select the Compatibility tab; click the checkbox before Run this program in Compatibility mode for option and select Windows Vista in the list-down box; then try installing the device driver via Run as administrator. In addition, you can use the Windows XP driver for testing.


    Meanwhile, please understand that Windows 7 is a new operating system and whole driverstore has been reprogrammed; you might wait or push the device manufacturer to upgrade its driver. Thanks for your time and understanding!


    For more details, please look at the first Sticky thread at the top of this forum.

    What can I do if my hardware does not work?


    This will give you some guidelines.


    Good Luck!


    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:27 AM