Network Driver needed windows 7

December 16, 2013 at 19:03:37
Specs: Windows 7
Hey guys i just got a Dell Inspiron M731-5735 with windows 8 installed. I'm not too fond of windows 8 so I downgraded to windows 7 and everything went well. Until i had to find drivers. I can't connect to the internet with that laptop because the only drivers I found only support windows 8. Anyone know what i should do???

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December 16, 2013 at 23:43:58
Dell only shows windows 8 drivers:

The ethernet controller is the RTL8105E. Windows 7 drivers for it are here:

I didn't check for 7 drivers for the WiFi and bluetooth. And you should probably check in device manager and see if any other hardware is showing as needing drivers.

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December 16, 2013 at 23:48:26
yeah i got the ethernet, no luck with getting wifi+bluetooth working. Every time i try to install a driver it says "activate bluetooth using wireless switch" i push fn+f2 but the bluetooth doesn't start up.

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December 17, 2013 at 00:08:08
I'm not sure which chips control those functions. A detailed spec listing may show that. Then you could go to the chip manufacturer for downloads. Or maybe identify another model laptop with similar hardware that does have windows 7 drivers.

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December 17, 2013 at 07:30:01
What you should have done was kept Win8 & installed Classic Shell to make it function like Win7.

Supposedly Win8.2 is going to bring back the familiar start menu.

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December 17, 2013 at 09:43:44
Certain systems from OEMs won't take anything more than Windows 7. I would google the specific name of the driver on another computer with internet access (with Windows 7 added at the end) and see if you can download it to external media. From there any remaining drivers should be picked up by Windows Updates - although that's not a guarantee and you might still have to manually download some but of course once you have the NIC driver down it's easy to get the rest.

Otherwise maybe contact Dell to see what equivalent they can point you to.

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