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Reverting to Windows 7 from 8...drivers won't work?

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February 21, 2013 5:25:54 PM

Hey all!

I have a Dell XPS 1702x and reverted from Windows 7 to Windows 8 by installing Windows 7 over 8 via CD. I was originally going to restore from the recovery drive, but it was no longer visible. The installation of 7 worked fine, but I noticed that I couldn't get internet access.

No problem, I thought, and inserted my Dell Driver CD. However, now all the network adapters won't install or give some error message. I also can't get Windows 7 to recognize the card, and plugging in a hard connection won't work either (but it oddly still recognizes the bluetooth card?)

I noticed that there is still a recovery partition while messing around.

What's the best route of action here, given the Dell drivers will not work?
February 21, 2013 5:57:56 PM

Thanks for the reply.

I tried using my unique service tag to get the drivers dell supposedly shipped my computer with and it didn't work, but perhaps I have to upgrade the BIOS first? (Would that have any impact?)
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February 21, 2013 6:33:33 PM

It should have no impact, but won't hurt to be current either. If the system shipped with Win 8, getting those drivers won't necessarily help with your Win 7 install. Just select Windows 7 per the link I sent you and you'll be good to go.
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