Loading Windows 7 Drivers on a formatted laptop
Posted on 2012-09-07
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?