Inspiron 1520 – Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 32 Bit

This model and Operating System is not supported by Dell.

Legacy BIOS

See Updating the BIOS.

Recommended Hardware Upgrades

SSD – Solid State Drives

It is recommended to upgrade it to 4 GB of RAM.

Refer to the Owner’s Manual when replacing parts.

Media Direct

This is a Media Direct system and the Media Direct partition should be setup before installing Windows 7 see Preparing your Hard Drive: Setting Up Media Direct.

Windows OS

OS Updates

System Utilities





Try in order latest first, if it doesn’t work try for an older version.




Media Direct Updates

* Requires installation of the Media Direct program.

Macrium Reflect



4 thoughts on “Inspiron 1520 – Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 32 Bit

  1. Hi, first of all, thanks for this site. Further to updating my 1520 from Vista to W7 Ultimate, everything works perfectly, except for the fact that Windows and Fn keys have swapped functionality…not a big issue, but additionally, Fn (now Windows) key doesn’t work except for the brightness adjustment. The rest of functions are disabled. Any support on this??

    1. I’ve no idea how the Windows and FN key have swapped functionality, I’ve never seen that before. Are you sure you don’t have a jammed key or something? I would try to reseat the keyboard.

  2. Hi, I have a keyboard problem too when I upgrade my dads Inspiron 1520 to Windows 7. Some of the numerical keys stop working. It is definitely a software issue. I presume it is driver related. Googling shows me that I’m not the first person to have keyboard problems doing this. Any suggestions? Would an older driver fix it?

  3. Thanks Philip, your guides just rock.
    I’m gonna upgrade to a SSD drive (256 or 512 GB). However, since it provides a poor SATA II gate, I’m wondering whether our 1520 accepts SATA III compatible SSD drives (although with somehow reduced data transfer rate) or they are completely incompatible with our device?
    Thank you in advance.

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