How to locate & download all drivers 4 XP Pro

December 22, 2010 at 10:50:38
Specs: Windows 7 PRO 64-bit, Intel Core i7 860 @ 2.80GHz/8 gigs ram
Hi, I'm looking for instructions for 1) where can I download and save all drivers for XP Pro & 2) how to install them on an external hdd? I have a new Dell Studio XPS 8100 with Win 7 Pro and sadly alot of the software I use to create websites only function marginally or not at all under Win 7 Pro! :*( I want to install XP Pro on my external hdd and run the necessary software from the external drive. Would like to be able to download XP Pro drivers to have them handy if and when I might need them after I install them.

Been told it's doable....and I just need a little help getting it done. Not a novice, but certainly not an expert ....believe we all learn something new every single day! :) I follow clear directions good. :)
Barring the external install...I'm told I will need all the drivers for a dual boot options as well.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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December 22, 2010 at 13:33:40
The drivers if available for your Dell Studio XPS 8100 will at the Dell site.

intel P4 3.0ghz HTT
ATI 9800 Pro AGP 8x
2 x 1gb Corsair DDR400
2 x 250gb HDD
Windoze XP SP3

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December 22, 2010 at 13:49:14
Thanks. I did go to Dell intitally, but no matter what I try, the Dell website will only let me download drivers for my new computer (Win 7 Pro).... the new computer is fine....other than a few little things.....and the fact that my work software for the most part won' t work on Win 7.
Dell recognizes my current machine and keeps showing me the list of drivers for Win 7 Pro! :( I own a copy of XP Pro and want to install it on my external hdd and run my work software from that location. But, I know I'll have to have all the drivers for XP Pro before I even start the process.
Thinking I should just try the XP mode in Win 7 Pro or the dual boot I keep hearing about...but all that I've read is more than a little confusing. I guess I really need a simple solution to a complex problem! LOL Maybe the solution is staring me in the face...been readying literally dozens and dozens of posts on several websites and the more I read, the more confused I get.
Appreciate your time. :)

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December 22, 2010 at 14:53:48
a) booting XP from an external drive is very difficult

b) XP is to old for drivers to be written for it........

c) Why not use XP MODE ??

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December 22, 2010 at 15:43:08
I'm hesitant to use XP Mode because, even though it's said to be a 'stand-alone app' still has to rely on the Win 7 64-bit machine to be working properly, which I'm not convinced my new one is at this point...if the main OS has problems, it stands to reason that the the secondary OS would also be at risk. In that scenerio, if the computer failed, everything would go down at once. Not acceptable in my case.

I earn my money building websites and the dog breeders I work for expect and demand a very tight turnaround time for their new photos to be updated and visibily online when they send them to me. With all the problems with this new machine and the software not working properly on it, I've lost 3 clients already and stand to lose more if I don't get something straightened out very soon.

I checked all my software online and all official websites, including MS, claimed my software was compatible....but I guess they did not state to 'what degree' my programs were compatible....if they had, I would have never purchased a $1600 machine with Win 7 on it!! But, I did and I guess I gotta live with it now. One door closes, another one opens.....or not. :(.
Thanks for your time.

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