XPS M1710 – Windows 7 and 8.1 64 Bit

This model and Operating System is not supported by Dell.

Legacy BIOS

Recommended hardware Upgrades

This system will only run Windows 7 64 Bit if a 64 Bit processor is installed such as the Intel T7200, T7400 or T7600.

SSD – Solid State Drives

It is recommended to upgrade it to 4 GB of RAM

Refer to the Service Manual when performing hardware upgrades.

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

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.


Media Direct Updates

* Requires installation of the Media Direct program.

Dell Backup and Recovery 

Only install if you have a >120 GB HDD/SSD

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).


4 thoughts on “XPS M1710 – Windows 7 and 8.1 64 Bit

  1. The link for the “Dell Quickset” here on your list tells me that it is for a 32bit systems.
    Can you confirm if I am mistaken ?

    Thanks a lot in advance.

  2. I just installed both version of the Sigmatel Audio drivers listed on this page on my Dell XPS M1710. I tried them on a clean Windows 7 64-bit and also on a clean Windows 10 Technical Preview 64-bit setup.

    Both drivers listed work great on Windows 7 and also on the Windows 10 Technical Preview.
    The drivers expose the Subwoofer volume control and give the best sound for the hardware within the XPS M1710 laptop.

    What you DO NOT NEED is to install the “Sigmatel Audio Registry File”.
    If you install that Registry Hack on the Dell XPS M1710 you will break all the audio subsystem on Windows.

    File R171786.EXE will install “Sigmatel High Definition Audio” drivers version
    File R218148.EXE will install “Sigmatel High Definition Audio” drivers version

    Hope that helps.

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