Inspiron 1720 – 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.



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


Media Direct Updates

* Requires installation of the Media Direct program.

Macrium Reflect




2 thoughts on “Inspiron 1720 – Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 32 Bit

  1. Hi, i’m trying to do a clean install using Windows 10 Preview x64 (burned ISO to DVD) on my Dell1720 and right off after I click “Install” button I’m asked for “media drivers”. I don’t know what Win10 wants! I thought it was the Intel Matrix Storage driver but it doesn’t seem to like what I’ve been able to find off the Dell or Intel website. Any ideas? Frustrating as I went back and did a clean install of Win7 and was not asked for any drivers whatsoever…I thought Win10 was supposed to be better???

    1. Sounds like an incompletely downloaded .iso or a badly burnt DVD. The SATA drivers will be inbuilt to Windows 10. I recommend installing by USB and not by DVD.

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