My organization has about 600 Dell PCs that we are ready to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7. The problem is that there aren't any Windows 7 drivers for most of these PC models (most of them are Optiplex 745 & 755). If I download a Windows Vista driver for these models, will that work w/ the Windows 7 OS?
I'm open to any other suggestions on how I can migrate these many PCs to Windows 7.
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Yes, most times the Vista drivers will work. Of course, it may depend on the specific hardware you've got. To test it out, you can download and extract the contents of the Dell driver to a USB key or something. Then, slap Windows 7 on a test box. Go into Device Manager and use the Update Driver method to point the thing to the folder containing your extracted drivers - this way you know it's not getting into anything else.
Answered 01/27/2011 by: Lucid
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I have 7 running on a few 745s here. I think I had trouble with the sound drivers, other than that they run 7 just fine.
Answered 02/08/2011 by: smason
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10 things you should know about moving from Windows XP to Windows 7...check this site http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-things-you-should-know-about-moving-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7/1000


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Answered 06/21/2011 by: Erik Stafford
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I can get all my drivers for my 755s working with windows 7 just fine with the exception of the 9 in 1 card reader.
Answered 07/17/2011 by: Tentacle Master
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It is real hard to find sound card drivers of old hardware on Windows 7. There is no windows 7 version of sound drivers for almost all P-4 based sound cards.Vista drivers won't work. My suggestion is to buy new sound cards having W7 drivers and add them to your PC's.
Answered 07/21/2011 by: dpqmw80
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Sure, most of time windows vista drivers works with windows 7, but I suggest you to clone one computer to make a test. Once cloned, proceed to migrate to windows 7 and install all the Vista drivers for your computer and external devices to check that everything works fine, anyway your computers have the DELL support, so I'm sure DELL already has developed those windows 7 drivers for your computers model.
Answered 07/27/2011 by: chullos
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