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How to find drivers I need?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by larryh10000, Feb 23, 2013.

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  1. larryh10000

    larryh10000 Thread Starter

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    I work at a small church and they have several computers that where donated. They want the hard drives wiped clean and then they want me to install Windows XP on them (they have a licensed Windodws XP disk). They have plenty of system resources to run Win XP. The problem will be getting drivers that work with the hardware. Before I wipe them clean, is there some software I can download that will tell me the hardware inside the computer and lead me in the right direction for drivers for those manufacturers?

    Thanks
     
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    Advise what the brand names, model names, and model numbers are.

    If perchance some of them are a Dell brand, advise what the 7-character "service tag" on the sticker is.

    If perchance some of them are a HP/Compaq brand, advise what the product number(P/N) on the sticker is.

    (You didn't say if they're desktops or laptops. Hopefully, their CD/DVD drive still works.)

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    If Windows is still able to load in them, go into the Device Manager.

    Expand these headings:

    Display Adapters

    IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers

    Network Adapters

    Sound Video And Game Controllers


    Advise what's listed in those headings - exactly as you see it.

    (This identifies the chipset, graphics, audio, and ethernet devices)

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  3. drmacpccom

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    http://www.drivermagician.com/

    If you install that program you will be able to backup all of your old drivers. Put them into a folder and create a cd of that folder, when you re-install windows it will be a piece of cake using that folder with the drivers.

    I hope this helps.
     
  4. flavallee

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    Driver Magician costs $29.95 per license. A volume license is somewhat cheaper, depending on the number of computers you're going to use it with.

    http://www.drivermagician.com/Register.htm

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    It would cost you much more time if you lost all your drivers.......
     
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    You need to have a different KeyCode for each machine, do you have these?
     
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