XPS M1330 – Windows 7 and 8.1 64 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 8 GB of RAM

  • Crucial Part http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/Dell-memory/XPS/XPS+M1530-upgrades.html

Refer to the Owner’s Manual when performing hardware upgrades.

Windows OS

Windows 7 and 8.1 are now obsolete if you have these Operating Systems you should use them to take the Free Upgrade to Windows 10.

If you don’t have a Windows 7/8.1 license you have until the 2nd of October 2015 to upgrade to Windows 10 for free using the Windows 10 Insider 10130 as a stepping stone. See Free Upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 10 (also works with Windows XP).

OS Updates

System utilities





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



For Windows 8.1 the audio driver is inbuilt to the OS and the registry file or older Sigmatel Driver should not be installed.

Install the registry file and then the audio driver. New untested.



Dell Backup and Recovery

Note this system won’t be able to boot from a Rescue Disk (external hard drive) so make a Factory Backup (Bootable USB Flash Drive).

31 thoughts on “XPS M1330 – Windows 7 and 8.1 64 Bit

      1. I never made the registry edit…

        You can open the registry file up in notepad and then manually delete the entries in the registry editor….

        This is untested however.

  1. For the fingerprint reader I would like to suggest the Upek Protector Suite 2012 It works and also supports Chrome registrations. This is the only version of the Protector Suite that works on M1330 with 64 bit WIN 8.1.. All other versions stops the installation when it asks for the .NET 3.5 or higher to be activated. Does not help that you do activate .NET of any version. Anyways, you can download it from here(it also has the drivers); http://www.touslesdrivers.com/php/constructeurs/telechargement.php?v_code=36509&v_langue=fr

  2. Just noticed that since Chrome Web Store is more closed, the Upek Protector Suite 2012 extension is no longer allowed(gets disabled by Chrome)..

  3. In windows 8.1 64 bit the integrated webcam doesn’t work.
    In Device Manager all is ok (don’t have a problems with drivers), bat in the skype and in the integrated camera program, the Webcam doesn’t work
    If you install the application “Dell Webcam Central”, inside of the program, the webcam work fine.

  4. No… I have installed the Webcam Central running at the end of the experiments (I thought the webcam was broken)

  5. Philip,

    Great site, saving me hours of time installing W7 on my XPS13. However, a few problems still elude me:

    – The A15 BIOS update fails with “Unexpected error, please reboot and try again” Code 0x00000207. I ahve downloaded it twice and saved it to the desktop but same error occurs. I currently have A10 running.
    – Two devices still do not have drivers after I followed all your steps:
    – Intel 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family USB 3.0 Extensible Host Controller Installation Disk – 1E31 (hardware ID is DEV_1E31)
    – Unknown Device (Hardware ID ACPI\INT33A0)

    Can you identify drivers for these?

    Plus I have a trivial issue with my Inland Bluetooth mouse: I can’t get it into Discoverable mode to pair it with the XPS13. It shows up in the Bluetooth Devices pane but it doesn’t work. Any ideas?


    Geoff in NJ

    1. Geoff

      I think you have got the wrong XPS 13 model here. This model doesn’t have USB 3.0 ports and is far older. See here there are multiple XPS 13 models:

      Please make a new post in the Dell Community Microsoft board and provide your model of XPS13:

      I was doing a 2 month placement in Edison and was meant to fly back there right now but got declined re-entry by US customs. Now I need to reroute my journey home to the UK exclusively via Canada.


      1. Thanks Philip. My model is L322X. I didn’t see that model listed in your doc so I just chose the closest match.

  6. Dell XPS M1330 with Windows 7 64 bits. Best audio driver I have probed is R226903 (IDT 92HD73C1, version, A15), as suggested here:


    Improvements over previous versions (R186858, R190517 and R218148, all of them essentially the same version from Sigmatel) include a working system tray icon (must be enabled from control panel) and a new control panel adjustment app, with more controls (e.g. equalization presets).

      1. Additional steps are needed just if you already have installed Sigmatel drivers. In that case, when you try to install R226903 (IDT) it warns you about the need of (manually) uninstall Sigmatel drivers before install IDT ones.

  7. has anyone tried getting W10 running? am struggling with a ‘cant install as your processor does not support NX’ error, even tho’ my Core 2 Duo does. Have tried the ‘normal’ install, so will try installing from ISO, and will see what happens.

  8. Upgraded my XPSm1330 to Win10 64bit(thanks to this guide)…but I tried to upgrade the wifi card, and there seems to be driver issues with INtel wifi cards. I tried 7260AC and now the 3160 AC and the same issue occurs. They connect fine to my AC router, and I can get on the internet for a minute or so…but then the browser locks up and the card drops connection and gets disabled by windows. Anyone have any ideas on this?

    1. Theres elevated power saving settings in Windows 8.1 and 10 which seems to annoy Intel cards. Try to disable the power management setting for the card in the device manager.

      1. Thanks for the reply philipyip, tried that last night and same behavior…any other ideas?

      2. What driver version is it? I have an Intel 6200 card (driver working pretty nicely in a Latitude E5510. I have an Intel 7265 in an Inspiron 7347 (driver also working with no problem.

        Is this on a Clean Reinstall or an upgrade install?

  9. I tried the latest driver version,, as well as I did a clean install of win7home followed by a upgrade install(with the remove all option) for Win10home.

  10. Hello Philip Yip

    You are a genius!!!. I followed your guide and updated my XPS M1330 Windows Vista to Windows 10 Pro. I did that this week, two days ago, before the expiration of Insider version. Thanks a lot. This guide was very useful.

    I am from Ecuador , SouthAmerica. I have shared your post with some friends, because there are important information about Windows 10 versions.

    Gerardo Arias

    1. I’m glad you found my guides helpful. It seems we have have found a way to use 10130 to get Windows 10 Pro for a bit after its expiration date. I doubt this will last long however…

      I met a flatmate of a friend a couple of weeks ago and she was from Ecuador also.🙂

    1. If anybody is suffering from continual Win10 ‘IRQ not less or equal… NETWLV64’ BSOD on the XPS M1330, it seems related to the Intel 4965 wifi cards.
      This is not really news, but there are a number of suggestions on forums to upgrade the card to a newer *supported* revision, which did tempt me a little, as Intel has not released an updated driver for the 4965AGN.
      Rather than getting a 7 series card, I have followed another web posting and loaded the following driver:
      I have used the 64 bit .SYS driver version.

      The wifi card is now running without any issues.

      XPS M1330 (now up to 8th birthday…)
      Samsung 250GB SSD
      4GB RAM
      WIN10 64bit

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