Inspiron 1720 – Windows 7 and 10

System Upgrades

Service Manual

Ensure you reference your service manual before carrying out upgrades:

The most recommended upgrade for this system is a Solid State Drive, here is my affiliate link to Crucial here. If purchasing a SSD or Memory Upgrade please use these links as I will get a tiny bit of commission which will help fund my guides.

SSD Drive Upgrade

Memory Upgrade:

This system supports 2 GB of RAM (2×2 GB Modules). This can also be purchased using the affiliate link above.

Media Direct

Media Direct should be installed before the Operating System in order for the Media Direct Button to function correctly.

Operating System

It is recommended to install Windows 10 on this system see Windows OEM FAQs and Downloads. The Windows Vista OEM or Windows XP Product Key won't be compatible with Windows 10 Installation Media however you can run Windows 10 Unlicensed. Windows 10 will have most of the system drivers required inbuilt however you can install the Windows 7 Drivers if you have any unknown Devices in the Device Manager.

Drivers and Downloads for Windows 7

Legacy BIOS

System Utilities (Windows 7 Only)

Chipset (Windows 7)

Card Reader

Communications (Windows 7 Only)

Not all systems have a modem. If the Driver fails to install, there is no need to try and install the rest in this category.

Video (Windows 7 Only)


Dell Wireless Cards

Audio (Windows 7 Only)

Install the Registry Edit and then the Audio Driver.

Registry Edit


Open up Notepad or Notepad++, copy and paste the above and save the file (as all types) ending with the extension .reg. Once done right click the reg file and run.

Add the entries to your registry before installing the Audio Driver.


MediaDirect Updates

Requires installation of the Media Direct Program

2 thoughts on “Inspiron 1720 – Windows 7 and 10

  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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