XPS M1530 – Windows 7 and 8.1 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 8 GB of RAM

Refer to the Service Manual when performing hardware upgrades. Note to utilise all the RAM install the 64 Bit version of Windows (recommended)


See Updating the BIOS.

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





Try in order latest first, if it doesn’t work try for an older version. Ethernet Marvel 88E80XX 10/100 Ethernet Wireless


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).


2 thoughts on “XPS M1530 – Windows 7 and 8.1 32 Bit

  1. Used most of these, but my real problem is that I can’t get windows to run updates. They get stuck at searching forever. Any ideas?

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