How re-install Windows 7 on Dell Laptop

I have Dell Latitude D810 laptop computer. Originally, When I bought it, it came, as I remember it, with Windows XP. Later (in 2009) I updated it to Windows 7. It has been running so slow lately that I did a re-install of Windows 7 today. The C drive was wiped clean and reformatted before the install. I used an ISO file for the install that contains SP1. The installation seems to have gone fine, but the computer seems to be unaware of any Dell audio. I guess this makes sense because I didn't do anything to install Dell Drivers - I didn't know how.

So, I guess the question is, how do I make this installation of Windows 7 aware of my Dell drivers. I still have the original CD's that came with the computer, and one of them is labeled "Drivers and Utilities Already installed on your computer for re installing Dell Latitude System Software." However, I don't know how to make use of this disk or if the drivers on them are XP related only.

Any help appreciated.



Try with this tool: http://www.driverscape.com/manufacturers/dell/laptops-desktops/latitude-d810/576

According to this page the drivers are for XP only: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/latitude-d810/drivers

But you can find out which sound card is used and get the driver for it.

Here is another useful link with drivers: http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/driver-sets/latitude-d-series-laptops/latitude-d810-windows-7-32-bit/



Try with this tool: http://www.driverscape.com/manufacturers/dell/laptops-desktops/latitude-d810/576

According to this page the drivers are for XP only: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/latitude-d810/drivers

But you can find out which sound card is used and get the driver for it.

Here is another useful link with drivers: http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/driver-sets/latitude-d-series-laptops/latitude-d810-windows-7-32-bit/



Your best bet would be to note the SERVICE TAG of the laptop.
It should be on a sticker on the laptop. Then go here ...
http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04
and download and install the audio driver ONLY. (There should one suitable for Win7)
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While you're at the Dell site, you may as well download all the drivers and keep them for future use.



@Eirman

Just out of curiosity, what drivers do I really need that are specific to Dell? If it is only or mainly audio, that seems simple fix, but are there others that are important?

@Noxcho
Thank you for your help. I am investigating your referenced links.



Windows 7 should "know" about most of your hardware -- possibly everything except the audio.

Go to Device Manager [Right-click on Computer; select Properties; click on Device Manager] and see what devices aren't resolved (it will be obvious).

If the only device that's marked is the audio adapter (possibly shown as "Unknown"), then you can install the driver for the Sigmatel STAC975X that's used in the D810 ... http://ftp.dell.com/audio/R99254.EXE

If that doesn't do the trick, then right-click on the unknown device in Device Manager; select Properties; select the Details tab; select Hardware IDs in the Property dropdown; and then note the VEN and DEV strings. These identify the specific manufacturer and device #, and can be used to find the precise drivers you need at the PCI Database: http://www.pcidatabase.com/ [Post back with the VEN and DEV strings if you need help]



Just out of curiosity, what drivers do I really need that are specific to Dell? If it is only or mainly audio, that seems simple fix, but are there others that are important?
WIndows 7 would drivers will be fine for most of the hardware in your laptop (given that your laptop is from the XP era). Much of the hardware would not be specific to Dell (i.e. found in many laptop brands).

Windows7 contains drivers for specific pieces of hardware used many brands of laptops one of which is Dell.

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