Lost Drivers in Re-Install

October 19, 2009 at 15:23:53
Specs: Windows Vista
i just re-installed my windows, i think, but i realized i didnt save any of my drivers for my wireless card. it saved mostly all my stuff in a folder called Windows.old where it seems to have all my old data files (like word documents and such). i was wondering if i could some how get my drivers loaded back on to my new system so i can get back onto the internet.

is there a way i can reverse this re-install and go back? or is there a way i can get the drivers from that old system folder?

I'm looking for an inexpensive way of going about this, Thank you and I sure hope I can get some help.


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#1
October 19, 2009 at 15:25:56
You get the drivers from the manufacture. Who made the laptop and go to their web page and down load the drivers.

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#2
October 19, 2009 at 15:33:18
I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop.
The problem is that On my laptop once I reinstall the OS, there is practically nothing on it.
I cannot access the internet because my laptop says it cannot find a wireless driver installed on my computer.

I am on the Windows 2000 in the basement right now, that's how I can be on the internet.

So how do I go about downloading the driver and getting it onto my laptop?

I have all the papers and CDs that I received when I purchased the laptop. One of the CDs is the OS reinstall CD that I used to reinstall my OS.

I also do have a "Dell Drivers and Utilities" CD
The Cd (this is on the actual CD itself) says:
"This software is already installed on your computer, use this media only to reinstall the software.
Contents: Device Drivers & Diagnostics Utilities"

Do you think this should be used?
Or what do you think now that I have given you some more information that might help.
By the way, Thank you very much! Your help is greatly appreciated!!


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#3
October 19, 2009 at 15:35:42
Yes but you are accessing the internet right now to post this, so I am guessing you are at a friends house. From your friends house, download the drivers to a CD then take them home and install them.

"I also do have a "Dell Drivers and Utilities" CD"

You can also use this CD.


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#4
October 19, 2009 at 15:38:52
Ok I will give it a shot,
And I am in my basement on my windows 2000, I said that.
Thank you for your help, I will let you know how it goes.
Thank You!!

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#5
October 19, 2009 at 15:40:05

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#6
October 19, 2009 at 16:03:27
Ok!
I went to the website to look at all the relevant drivers and stuff.
Then I inserted the disk into my laptop from Dell to look at the drivers on it.
I saw that the drivers were exactly the same, so I installed one from the CD since that would be easier.
AND
sure enough the driver from the CD worked! I am posting this from the laptop!

Thank you very much for helping me and explaining what to do.
Hopefully I can share my new knowledge of this specific area with others who find themselves in this situation!

Once again, thank you very much!


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