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Inspiron 530 – Windows 7 and 8.1 10 Bit

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It is not advised to spend too much money upgrading this over a decade 2007 system, as it is cheaper to purchase a more capable Second Hand Business Desktop than a new OS License. This PC can run Windows 7 64 Bit pretty well. It can run Windows 10 64 Bit if this PC has enough RAM (>4 GB) and a SSD. Without the SSD it may run but poorly as the Hard Drive is cranked up to continuous 100 % Disc Usage.

System Upgrades

Service Manual

Dell Service Manual

Memory Upgrade:

The Inspiron 530 a/c supports a maximum of 8 GB of RAM and the Inspiron 530 b/d supports a maximum of 4 GB of RAM. If unsure run the Crucial System scanner to be sure what variant you have.

amazon.com Crucial CT2KIT25664AA800

amazon.co.uk Crucial CT2KIT25664AA800

Solid State Drive 3.5 “

Upgrading to a Solid State Drive

Legacy BIOS

Windows 10

If you have previously bought a Windows 7 Retail or Windows 8.x Retail License then your key will work with Windows 10. If you were an early adopter and had activated your system with Windows 10 Insider Build 10130 you can clean install Windows 10 Pro without a Product Key.

I advise installing Windows 10 without a Product Key before buying a License which will give you time to evaluate it. With Windows 10 there is no trial, instead your Desktop and Settings will be watermarked and you will be unable to personalise some user settings but otherwise it’ll be fully functional. You can also activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7 Key or Windows 8.x Key.

OS Updates

System Utilities

Chipset

SATA

Video

Communication

Ethernet

* Taken from Czech Realtek Unofficial Driver website. See instructions for using the Realtek Unofficial Czech Website.

Wireless

Audio

* Taken from Czech Realtek Unofficial Driver website. See instructions for using the Realtek Unofficial Czech Website.

Card Reader

Dell Media Card Reader with Integrated Bluetooth Module (CAB-200), Media Card
Reader 19-1 with Integrated Bluetooth*

Input

10 thoughts on “Inspiron 530 – Windows 7 and 8.1 10 Bit

  1. I’ve had Win7 Home Premium running well for about a year on a 530s – some of these drivers helped a lot. Just recently tried to see if I could get Wake on LAN configured using the 1.0.18 BIOS and the Dell wireless card. I was hoping it would wake from total power down. Either I’ve configured this wrong or this machine cannot wake from S5. Any idea if wake from S5 is possible on this machine?

    1. Hey Brian, it seems a weird coincidence that we share the same name and problem. From the posts I’ve read online regarding WOL and WOW, I’m starting to realize that power up from S5 is just not possible with Dell Inspiron 530. To be more precise, I did get my PC (running Windows 8.1, stock Ethernet card from Intel) to boot up from S5 status but only within a <2 minute windows which to me is not very practical.

  2. I just clean installed Windows 7, and I’ve got all the drivers set except for the Ethernet Controller. When I try to download them, I get errors that it’s not compatible, or that “There Are No Intel Adaptors.” I don’t know what else to do, I’ve gone on every forum and website possible and downloaded over 50 types to no avail. 2 days straight. I’m thinking that the only driver compatible would have come on the installation disc which I do not have. Any suggestions?

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The Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide is an unofficial set of installation guides written and maintained by an individual Philip Yip. To support the running costs of this site, as well as the costs of test hardware needed to keep the guides up to date. Please consider leaving a donation or clicking on the affiliate link if you are planning on buying Office or a SSD Upgrade for your system anyway. I'd like to thank you in advance for leaving any donations or clicking on the affiliate links. Written in Scotland , Great Britain (GB), , United Kingdom (UK) and hopefully soon to be part of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (CANZUK).