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If I were to upgrade windows XP to Vista would it get rid of my driver issue? Answered

My laptop runs XP and the internet wont work, I believe its down to a driver issue. Being as windows has stopped its support for XP and I cant access the internet to install new drivers would installing vista solve the problem? Would the vista system install its own driver?

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Boba Jett

4 years ago

Thankyou for all your help!

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Boba Jett

4 years ago

RESOLVED! It was the drivers, installed some new ones off a website and its working beautifully!

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-max-

4 years ago

If you can figure out what hardware you have, and locate the drivers, either on the manufacturer's website, or in your computer junk-box (looking for driver CDs), you should be able to reinstall the original drivers, which you know have worked since day one.

If that does not fix the issue, then perhaps you can do a fresh install of the OEM XP on it. You may need to out the the old recovery disc, reinstallation disc, and driver discs. Alternatively, you can download the ISO's and burn them to a clean CD-R ROM. I would not bother 'upgrading' to Vista, as W7 is much better, and even that is beginning to show its age. Now, of course, W8 and W8.1 are out, and W10 is even in development! If you want to upgrade, I would wait until W10 is released and see what the prices are for it, or possibly W7. (Likely it will fall in price.)

If none of that works, it may be a hardware issue. You may be able to buy a new adaptor, or get one of those little WiFi or ethernet USB sticks.

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mpilchfamily

4 years ago

Your network drivers are not affected by the lack of MS support for XP. The drivers where developed by the manufacture for that model of laptop. If the laptop came with XP installed on it then chances are the ethernet/Wi-Fi card on the laptop is dead. Is windows able to detect the hardware? As old as that laptop likely is it's no surprise if the eithernet card is dead. They tend to be one of the first things to go in a laptop. If windows does detect the hardware it should be able to install temp drivers till you can update them. But if it's a corrupted driver issue then you may have other problems like a failing HDD.

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Boba Jettmpilchfamily

Answer 4 years ago

I realise that the drivers are not affected by the lack of microsoft support, however it means I could seek help through that channel . I will have to look into the ethernet card, thankyou

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mpilchfamilyBoba Jett

Answer 4 years ago

As a driver or possible hardware issue MS would point you at the manufactures web site for support. In which case you can download the drivers to a thumb drive and then install them on the laptop.

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Boba Jettmpilchfamily

Answer 4 years ago

I realise that the drivers are not affected by the lack of microsoft support, however it means I could seek help through that channel . I will have to look into the ethernet card, thankyou

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Vyger

4 years ago

Its probably nothing like what you are thinking. Most likely its an addware spyware infection.

Simple thing to try -- Start it in safe mode with networking and see if the internet works. If it does, you have and infection problem.

Also one of the favorite things for this type of stuff to do is change your connection settings. Go to internet options, the connection tab and then down to LAN settings. In that box there should be NO check mark in the proxy server box at the bottom. If there is that is why your internet is not working. Uncheck the box and then check the box for automatic setting. That is all you need to do.

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Wired_Mist

4 years ago

Two questions...

A, is it just that your Wifi is down? have you tried plugging directly into the Ethernet port?

Each adapter will most likely use separate Hardware, eliminating the possibility that a single driver is to blame. If that doesn't work then it may be your router/modem or the program you are trying to use.

and B, Have you tried other browsers or programs, and do they have access?

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Downunder35m

4 years ago

Back in the days when I refused to "upgrade" to Vista I had a hard time finding suitable drivers for XP already.

Noone provided new drivers for XP but released new drivers for Vista every few months...

Got a new PC and still wanted XP on it but no surprise, most of the hardware was not supported and did not have any XP drivers on the CD.

I soon discovered that most drivers are not really based on the product but only on the hardware used!

So instead of searching for a driver to suit a Netcom network card I downloaded a few drivers for the Realtek chipset used on the card - the first worked as good as three others I tried.

The graphics card was a different story though, on board and being a new model for this motherboard there was no chance to find a working driver that offered more than slow VGA drivers. I installed my old graphics card and the old drivers I already had and all was fine.

Similar story for the chipset, I used drivers for the actual chipset in use from a different vendor.

Do not install Vista, go straight to Windows7.

Before you install do a proper backup of your internal hard drive onto an external one - use a dedicated backup or disk copy program for this part, I prefer Arconis Tru image.

That way you can simply put your old XP on again in a matter of about an hour and you are exactly where you left when doing the backup with everything working fine.

Get all hardware info about chipset, graphics card, modem, WiFi and so on - don't forget touchpad or card readers.

Now do a search Win7 drivers for this hardware.

I say this because the compatibility check from Win7 will quite often only tell you it can work but does not tell you if you can get drivers for the hardware, it is more a spedd test than hardware test.

There is a high chance that most of your hardware will be recognised directly during the install process but some hardware will show up as unkown in the device manager.

Once the system is running with internet do a driver update through the device manager online.

If this fails use the previously collecte info to do a manual search through Google or Duckduckgo if you prefer a clean search engine.

What exact model are we talking about for your laptop? I might be able to provide further help with some drivers or tell you if the oldie will be able to run Win7...

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Boba JettDownunder35m

Answer 4 years ago

Thanks for the help, I cant afford 7 and I dont really want to upgrade, just want to get internet working :) I dont use it for anything but music

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seandogue

4 years ago

Network drivers are often a motherboard issue, (ie, specific machine-related mods to an OS install) so I'd check at the laptop mfg site for appropriate drivers for the OS you're interested in installing prior to assuming an OS upgrade alone will be enough to solve your problem. In fact, I'd recommend doing so for the XP install you're already running, to seeif you can avoid the hassle of an OS install..

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MikeR3

4 years ago

Vista was a buggy mess.

Put 7 on it. You'll be much happier.