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After install of new hard drive and windows 7, cant get drivers onto laptop

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June 17, 2014 7:50:38 AM

I have a Dell XPS15 laptop (out of warranty by a couple months) that just had a hard drive crash. I installed a brand new WD black 750GB and installed windows 7. I need to load drivers for the USB and ethernet ports. I need drivers for the usb ports and internet but am not sure how to get them onto the machine. I have the drivers stored on an external HDD. The USB drives are recognized in BIOS but not in Disk Management or anywhere in windows. Can I copy them to a DVD RW and and load them that way?

When I plug the ethernet cable in, my router recognizes the connection, but the computer does not.

I guess there is one other tidbit of information I should mention. While installing windows 7, i accidentally grabbed the disc which had already been installed on our desktop PC. I have the new copy but simply (foolishly) grabbed the wrong disk. I didnt realize it until after I finished setup. I did a clean install with the new version.

Any help would be great!
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June 17, 2014 7:57:58 AM

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Can I copy them to a DVD RW and and load them that way?


Yes.

As for the Win 7 installation? The actual disk mostly does not matter. The license key is the critical piece.
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June 17, 2014 8:02:25 AM

USAFRet said:
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Can I copy them to a DVD RW and and load them that way?


Yes.

As for the Win 7 installation? The actual disk mostly does not matter. The license key is the critical piece.




There wouldnt be any remnants of the "bad" copy of windows 7 sitting on the hard drive that would be affecting anything?
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June 17, 2014 8:09:34 AM

bsmuvyall said:
USAFRet said:
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Can I copy them to a DVD RW and and load them that way?


Yes.

As for the Win 7 installation? The actual disk mostly does not matter. The license key is the critical piece.


There wouldnt be any remnants of the "bad" copy of windows 7 sitting on the hard drive that would be affecting anything?


If you did a clean install the second time around, you should be fine.
If you really want to be sure, do it once more. This time, delete ALL partitions on the drive, resulting in one large unallocated space. Let Windows install to that and create what it needs.
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June 17, 2014 8:18:59 AM

If you did a clean install the second time around, you should be fine.
If you really want to be sure, do it once more. This time, delete ALL partitions on the drive, resulting in one large unallocated space. Let Windows install to that and create what it needs.[/quotemsg]


I'll give it a try this evening. Thanks!
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