Loading Windows 7 Drivers on a formatted laptop

Hello,

I have a Toshiba Satillite A305-S6872 that came with Windows Vista Home 32-bit OS.

Lately I've been having a number of registry problems, i.e. restarting for no reason, freezing on startup, etc.  Usually, a boot into safe mode and then reboot would allow the computer to operate normally, although allowing it to go into safe mode and/or screen saver would cause the system to freeze up and I have to start over.

Spyware, malware and AV scans all turn up negative.  So I decided a fresh install was necessary in any case.  

However, I'm concerned that moving to Windows 7 might not support all the essential drivers needed for operation.  I plan on doing a clean install from a new Win7 disk.  The Toshiba site seems to have a number drivers that I can use, but I'm worried that saving them to a USB drive/hard drive/CD might be pointless if Windows 7 doesn't support the drivers for that hardware in the first place.  And the network card might not allow me to go to the Toshiba site to load them from the online location.  

What am I to do if this happens?
--TripWire--Asked:
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n2fcConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You MIGHT try a WIN7 UPGRADE first...
This will allow you to see if there are any unanticipated issues that might warrant reverting back to Vista...

I don't expect you'll have any issues, though... And a clean install will alleviate anything "bad" that might persist thru the upgrade!

As stated, at least have a copy of your Vista network driver handy if doing a clean install... WIN7 install disks have most all drivers available, but there have been issues with SOME wifi drivers that are corrected on subsequent updates... You just don't to be in a "catch-22" where the initial driver loses your connection and you can't get to the updates to fix it!

By doing the inplace upgrade install, you also will avoid the necessity to reinstall all your user software!  Drivers are kept from Vista until updates are made.  It is worth considering...
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_geniusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Before installation make sure you have at least your wireless drive on a usb, don't worry windows 7 will support it, anyway windows 7 has also own drivers which support almost every device. Reinstall your OS don;t worry about anything, it will all be good. After re installing make sure you download/install the latest drivers from Toshiba's site.

If something will go wrong you can always go back to your old system anyway...
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bright12Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Windows 7 support drivers from Windows Vista.
So there should be no problem to install the drives.

If you are not sure, you can take a look to the manufacturers website of the different components, such as audio, network card, graphic card, for windows 7 drivers.
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PAdocITConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You should be good. Looks like Toshiba provides Windows 7 drivers for that model. If the manufacturer provides driver for an OS than I see no reason why they shouldn't work or be compatible.

Drivers
http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=DL&os=&category=&moid=2140534&rpn=PSAG8U&modelFilter=A305-S6872&selCategory=2756709&selFamily=1073768663
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helpfinderConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
just download win7 drivers for your model:
http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=DL&os=&category=&moid=2140534&rpn=PSAG8U&modelFilter=A305-S6872&selCategory=2756709&selFamily=1073768663

or if you will install x64 bit version, just pick x64 bit from drop down menu.
you can do this before you reinstall your machine and copy drivers and apps on flash disk) or use other machine (at work, friend´s, .. ) to to this after install process.
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CSI-Windows_comConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try running the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - it is supposed to go down to the driver level - even on your connected devices.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20
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tylerpayneCommented:
When installing the Win7 OS, you are golden. Win7 is good about getting everything you need.
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--TripWire--Author Commented:
Thanks for all the responses.

_genius
Before installation make sure you have at least your wireless drive on a usb,

What do you mean wireless drive?  Or was that a typo?

[Everyone]
I will try your suggestions....but first....
Is there a folder where all Vista drivers are stored, so that I can keep that as a backup just in case?

Thanks.
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n2fcCommented:
I would go to the Toshiba website & download fresh from there...

Since they have both Vista & WIN7 drivers available, you will be set to go no matter which method you choose!
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PAdocITCommented:
Thanks for all the responses.

_genius
Before installation make sure you have at least your wireless drive on a usb,


What do you mean wireless drive?  Or was that a typo?

He means your network driver. So that way if Windows doesn't load a network driver during installation you can get back on the net to download the rest of your drivers after installation. Assuming you don't just download them all ahead of time.

[Everyone]
I will try your suggestions....but first....
Is there a folder where all Vista drivers are stored, so that I can keep that as a backup just in case?

Thanks.

I wouldn't worry about backing up your Vista drivers always best to download from the manufacturer that way you know you have the most current driver they offer.
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_geniusCommented:
It was a typo, I mean wireless driver. The drivers are stored all over the system so I'am afraid you can't.

But basically there is nothing to worry about, windows 7 will support your wireless card, and the rest.
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