How can I install Windows XP network drivers on my Dell computer?

Myke46 March 24, 2011
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Can anyone please instruct me in the easiest way to install the network drivers for Windows XP, so I can connect to net? Thanks to Dell support I was shipped Windows XP Basic instead of Windows XP Pro SP3, which is what I had. Since they will not fix the situation, even though they apologized for my ‘inconvenience’. So now I’m downgrading. The machine is a Dell Dimension 2400.

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  1. Tina
    March 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Myke,

    did you try FIDELIS' suggestions and did any of them work? Let us know. Thank you!

  2. FIDELIS
    March 24, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Hello, go to the following site and download the Broadcom driver. If you have wireless you also download the wireless drivers there. If you do not have internet at home, ask a friend if you can use his computer and save the driver/drivers to a usb drive. If you do not have a usb drive you can burn them to a cd.

    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&SystemID=DIM_PNT_P4_CEL_2400&os=WW1&osl=EN

    On the following link, you will find the order DELL recommends when installing drivers.
    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/downloads/en/driver_install_order?c=us&l=en&s=gen&~lt=print

    Hello, most times you can just download the driver and once finished downloading you can just run the installer. It might ask you for a reboot afterwards. If you do this, make sure you go to your device manager and uninstall any old drivers if any.

    To do that, follow the next steps:
    -- click on windows key + Pause/Break
    -- on menu select hardware
    -- click on device manager
    -- find and expand Network adapters
    -- highlight your network adapter and right click
    -- select uninstall to uninstall the driver
    -- once uninstall, go to where you have your new drivers
    -- run the executable file
    -- restart computer if needed

    If you have a disk and your driver has an .inf extension, you can also use the have disk option when installing drivers
    -- on device manager highlight and right click your card
    -- select update drive
    -- select browse my computer for driver
    -- select have disk
    -- using browse go to where your driver is stored
    -- you will see computer trying to find driver
    -- if driver is compatible it will install driver