Vista on a Dell

  crenac 16:29 11 Apr 2008

Can you advise me? I have a Dell Dimension 5100, that needs a complete reinstall. From a ditched machineI have a copy of Windows upgraded from W95, W98, W98SE to XP which I can upgrade to Vista. I want do a clean install of Vista, which I think is legal.

Do I need to find sata drivers for the hard disc, and those for theserial and ultra ATA controllers or are they found within the operating system?

I have vista drivers for the video card.

Any advice and is there anything else I'm missing?


  PO79 20:56 11 Apr 2008

If you have a full version of Vista you will not need any previous OS disk.

You will need to find SATA drivers. Vista contains EIDE\ATA drivers for most other purposes

Have you drivers for your soundcard and any other periphials, ie printer modem/router etc.

  Beholder 21:28 11 Apr 2008

This will help if U only have the upgrade version
click here

  crenac 15:34 12 Apr 2008

Do I look for the SATA drivers on the HD manufacturers web site?

  anskyber 15:37 12 Apr 2008

run this upgrade advisor click here it will highlight things which may be problematical with Vista.

  anskyber 15:43 12 Apr 2008

PS. Many of the drivers are on the disc, many, many more are in Vista SP1 which would be the best disc to buy.

During install if you have a live internet connection Vista goes off and looks for Drivers for you, if they exist, for older hardware.

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