DELL Desktops and Laptops – Install Order Guide

The following list is an overview of the correct order to install drivers on Dell desktops and portables. After reinstalling Microsoft® Windows®, follow the order listed when reinstalling drivers. It is recommended that you print this list for reference when installing drivers.

Note: Some devices may not function properly if the drivers are installed out of order.

  1. Desktop System Software (DSS) or Notebook System Software (NSS) – A vital utility that provides critical updates and patches for the operating system. If you are reinstalling Windows or updating all drivers, it is important that this software be installed first. This is located under the System Utilities Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    Note : NSS and DSS may not be available for all desktop and notebook products.
  2. Chipset – Helps Windows control system board components and controllers. This is located under the Chipset Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
  3. Video Adapter – Enhances video performance. This is located under the Video Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
  4. Network Interface Card (NIC) – Enhances the network controller for Internet or network access. This is located under the Network Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
  5. Laptops Only: Dell Quickset or Dell Control Point Manager (DCP) – Controls power management, ambient light sensor, wireless profiles, and security features on laptops. This is located under the Applications on the Drivers and Downloads page.
  6. Audio Adapter – Enables and enhances the audio controller. This is located under the Audio Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
  7. Modem – Allows dial-up capability. This is located under the Communication Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
  8. Wireless Network Card – Enables and enhances the wireless network controller. This is located under the Network Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
  9. Touchpad, Pointer, Trackstick, Mice, and Keyboards – Enhances the pointing device features. This is located under the Input Device Drivers Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
  10. Other Devices
    1. * Intel vProTM  or AMTTM  – Enhances system manageability. This is located under the Chipset Category on on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    2. * Bluetooth ®  Module located under the Network Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    3. * Dell Wireless Mobile Broadband Cards located under the Communication Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    4. * PCMCIA/Smartcard controller located under the Security Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.
    5. * Touch Screen Digitizer Enables touch screen mouse control available on select Dell laptops. This is located under the Input Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.

Installing Operating System Updates

To reinstall your applications, insert the disc for each program in your CD/DVD drive and follow the prompts that appear. (Dell will have provided you with installation discs for any programs you purchased with your computer.)
If more information is needed for installation, refer to the documentation that came with your installation discs.

Installing Component Drivers

Driver installation files on the Resource CD may be located using the following methods:

    • Click the Drivers link at the top of the page.
    • Choose Drivers from the Topic drop-down menu on the left-hand side of the screen.

Choosing the appropriate system model from the System Model drop-down list on the left-hand side of the screen will display only those drivers applicable for your system.

The latest revision of all Dell system documents, drivers and BIOS files can be found on Dell’s support web site – http://support.dell.com.

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