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Finding That Old Driver

Since the birth of other operating system such as Win 7 drivers have been hard to locate especially old ones that are not upgraded. One place to go to is the actual web site that houses the driver files either the upgrades or the soon to be upgraded under the support sections of the manufacturers web pages.
I personally have stored every single driver file for each computer I have ever owned. I have purchased the software that allows me to do this as a backup. I use Driver Genius Professional Pro for my driver upgrades. Click Here
Once I have completed this process I then store them. So if I crash I have them on board. Most of the Vista drivers will work with 7 now keeping XP will be the thing of the past however XP is cool to keep less junk and the stability is much better almost perfect. Why they changed it out is beyond me I wish that they would consider the average user for a change and offer the service packs for free always and not just close it out. So in conclusion we all have to face the burden of finding those lost driver files.
Now I have been offering up some free driver file finds they include the use of P2P programs. These places are dangerous if you do not know what you are doing with file searching. You can receive a bad file very easily so you have to know how to use P2P programs these are usually torrent files shared by others like you and me. Some of them are copy write material which can get you bumped from your ISP if you get to many complaints from the owners of materials that are taken and used without permission.
I have found hundreds of driver files there. As long as they are driver files and freeware there is nothing wrong with using P2P however it is tempting to say the least with movies and music that is available to download stay away from these things and just use the sites for researching driver files and freeware utilities. These are the best resource sites for drivers. You can go to my favorite site which is btjunkie.org a wide variety of driver files are there. Click Here to see an example XP drivers. Win 7 drivers Click Here. Vista drivers Click Here Sound drivers Click Here
I do hope that this gives you a better idea of how this process works. Thanks for using FixYa! more to come! These are just an example of the kinds of drivers you can obtain at the links above.
John A. Crowder

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yes --
But you will loose all of your files and folders when you format the hard dive to install win xp
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Why any one would install an out dated , unsupported operating system like win xp in place of win 7 beats me
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I have got two possible problems in my mind. One is that your laptop does not meet optimal cirteria for using Windows 7. Especially if you keep original 2GB RAM. But I do not thing this would cause problems as you described.

The second one, as you mentiond, you need to update the drivers too. From the Sony's point of view, they do not support Win 7 in this laptop, so they do not provide any drivers.


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If you have a restore partition, you can back up your data, and do a clean install of windows after formatting your hard drive. You may also want to make recovery disks for your computer in case the Win 7 will take on your computer or you cannot get your hardware to work with Win 7 since Gateway offers no Win 7 drivers.
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