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Windows 7 SP1 - Reinstall

I have a laptop (Dell Inspiron 14R (N4110, Early 2011) Service Tag: 7KZ8RS1 | Express Service Code: 16505995681) where Windows 7 SP1 was recently re-installed after many problems.  After the re-install, a lot of the drivers/hardware are gone/not working.  

I tried to access the Dell site for drivers but cannot get on the internet due to not recognizers the network adapters.  

Any suggestions of how I can get everything working as normal again?
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rindi

8/22/2022 - Mon
rindi

Use another PC to download the drivers. Or use Dell's recovery partition to restore it to factory defaults. The factory default includes all the drivers.
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How do I access Dell's recovery partition?
joechris4571

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Actually, I don't believe there is a Dell recovery partition on this laptop
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Do like rindi said, download the network card drivers using another PC, copy the package to a USB stick and run it on the laptop. Then you will be able to connect to the dell site directly and download the rest of the drivers.
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nobus

>>   Windows 7 SP1 was recently re-installed after many problems  <<  what kind of problems?
it may simply be your OS is corrupted, and you need a fresh install
**note that after tyhe factory restore, you still need to do all the updates as well, so i would opt here for a freh install - if that's an option for you
before starting; download all the drivers to an usb stick, on another PC
you can check on the dell site if they have the drivers for your  OS version, or use your tag
rindi

I don't agree with the above recommendation of not using the recovery partition. On the contrary, you don't have to take extra time to search for and install drivers, everything works out of the box. The Bloatware that comes with it can easily and quickly be uninstalled, like trial AV tools etc, or autostartup options can be disabled from automatically starting.

The only reason not to use the recovery partition would be when you need another version of the OS, for example you are using it in a business and need the pro version. But then you would be better off buying the PC without OS in the first place, and it wouldn't have the recovery partition then.
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nobus

and  my experience says that installing drivers is much faster, than uninstalling several unwa,nted programs, risking with each you delete a file that is needed somewhere else
just my personal opinion

**i'll add that i often use the restore partition ( so i have nothing against using it)  - just imo dirver install is faster - and cleaner
rindi

Often you forget something when installing the drivers manually, which can be essential for everything to work properly, for example you often have some extra buttons on a laptop, and to get those working, you need a special manufacturer provided utility (not just the driver). I generally haven't really seen much bloatware installed by default, except maybe m$office or the norton AV trial crap, so there usually are just 2 or 3 programs that have to be uninstalled.