Driver Sets

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Identify Components

Before looking for system drivers it is important to identify what specific components you have in your system. For example many models have multiple wireless card variants and/or audio controller variants. The Service Tag in the Drivers and Downloads page should narrow down the drivers to be specific to your system however recently I have found it to not function correctly in many cases. I therefore recommend identifying hardware components using the Hardware IDs please review when using the unofficial driver sets:

Notes About Installing Drivers from the Microsoft Update Catalog and via the Device Manager

Some of the unofficial driver sets will require the use of the Microsoft Update Catalog or manual installation via the device manager, for more information see:

Windows 7 and 8.1 – Drivers for Capable Systems Dell Provided only Windows XP or Vista Drivers

These drivers are mainly for Windows 7 although I have updated most for Windows 8.1 and are provided in order to help with migration from the Windows XP legacy Operating System which is at End of Life. Windows 7 is in general more stable than Windows 8.1 and easier to install due to being readily available to download and is hence recommended:

Windows 8.1 – Drivers for Capable Systems Dell Provided only Windows 7 Drivers

I have not listed driver sets for systems Dell provided with Windows 7 or 8.1 drivers. It should be noted however that all of the systems Dell sold with Windows 7 64 Bit will run Windows 8.1 64 Bit and all the ones Dell sold with Windows 7 32 Bit will run Windows 8.1 32 Bit.

Drivers wise Windows 8.1 will contain most of the drivers for older hardware inbuilt into the Operating System moreover in general Windows 7 drivers can be used with Windows 8.1 with the exception for Dell System Software which is not needed for Windows 8.1. Some Drivers such as those for Bluetooth Devices which integrate to Windows Explorer should have a Windows 8.1 version installed… Before resorting to use Windows 7 driver you should look for more up to date drivers to see if they are available. Note in some cases Windows 8.1 will have a newer driver inbuilt than the latest Windows 7 driver but you will be informed of this upon installation of the driver if this is the case.

The following drivers are present for common hardware in Dell systems for Windows 8.1.

System Utilities – Free Fall Sensor

Hardware IDs:


Hardware IDs:




Hardware IDs:


Card Reader

Hardware IDs


O2 Micro




Hardware IDs





* See instructions for using the Unofficial Realtek Czech drivers website.


Hardware IDs

The link takes you to a page dedicated to the specific hardware IDs for almost all Wireless cards installed:

If using a Broadcom Bluetooth Device use the Broadcom Bluetooth Update.

Airplane Switch



Check older driver to determine if the Touchpad is Alps/Synaptics/Cyprus or Elan

Logitech Setpoint offers enhancement in functionality for Dell branded Logitech Keyboard/Mouse bundles:


Hardware IDs




Additional Support for Switchable Graphics


Hardware IDs




* See instructions for using the Unofficial Realtek Czech drivers website.


Broadcom USH

Alienware Onscreen Display

Hardware IDs


Intel Smart Connect Technology Application


This will give basic functionality. Utilities such as Dell Quickset designed for earlier versions of Windows will likely not function 100% correctly in Windows 8.1 but should be installed as newer versions of Quickset compatible for Windows 8.1 will be locked to specific systems. For Windows 8.0 it is unworthwhile installing and it is advised to clean install Windows 8.1 directly (unless the Windows 8.0 license is OEM). For more information about upgrading to Windows 8.1 via a clean install see Download Windows 8.1 Retail .iso and Windows Reinstallation Guide/A Clean install of Windows 8.1.

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9 thoughts on “Driver Sets

  1. Hi Philip,
    I’m going to do a clean install of Window 7 Pro (64-Bit) on my recently new, Dell XPS-8700.
    On the Dell Drivers Download website, listed in the section that is specific for my system’s service tag, there are two Video drivers available:
    1.) AMD Radeon R-series Desktop Graphics Driver (for the dedicated GPU that Dell installed)
    2.) Intel Integrated Graphics (for Intel’s onboard video)
    I know that I need the AMD Radeon driver for the R9-270 graphics card in the system, but do you know if I need the Intel Graphics driver, too? My intuition is to install it, too, because it’s listed on the Dell website for my system. If I do install the Intel graphics driver, do you recommend installing it before or after the AMD Radeon driver?
    P.S. I could probably get newer driver versions from the AMD and Intel websites (through their auto-detect utilities) instead of using Dell’s drivers.

  2. Hello, im an alienware M11x R2 user and I just updated to windows 8.1, are the drivers on this page compatible with my Hardware ?

    Because the lack of AlienFX on my computer really annoys me.

    sorry for my bad english, im French.

  3. Thank you so much Philip. Your driver-links are sometimes newer than the ones I find on the official sites, i. e. the synaptics touchpad drivers. Also, explaining how to use hardware IDs to find drivers opened up something completely new for me. Now I only need to find out, how to use those Intel RST and Chipset Utilities, first time I tried, they didn’t work. This is really an awesome guide Philip, keep up the good work!

  4. If you have trouble with an older laptop that use the D-Dock and have SigmaTel audio, Mainly Latitude D series and some Inspiron laptops. you may have noticed that the 3.5mm speaker jack works for a split second and then cuts out on Windows 8, 8.1, or 10. there is a simple solution. Go into Device manager and make sure you have the SigmaTel drivers installed (Will Show up as “SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC”). Then go to the Services Application (Windows Key + R) type in “services.msc ” and search for “SigmaTel Audio Service”. Double-click and hit stop, then in the same windows go up to where it says “Automatic” and set it to disabled.

  5. What about the precision desktop lineup? I don’t see any on your lineup list of computers. That would be great if you came up with driver sets for the precision models.

    1. I’ve not spent so much time with Precision or Alienware hardware…. moreover Windows 10 TH2 has most the system drivers inbuilt for most the components in these older systems. Is there anything in particular you are having difficulties finding driver wise?

  6. I’ve downgraded an Alienware Aurora R5 from Windows 10 to 8.1 and having difficulty finding drivers (Network Controller, PCI Memory Controller, PCI Simple Communications Controller, SM Bus Controller). I’ve tried the drivers from the Dell website but only some are able to successfully install, even the automatically search for drivers function is not able to find the drivers. How do I find the right drivers and install them successfully? It would be greatly appreciated.

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