But now, directly contradicting Dell's information, I have exchanged communications with people on the Dell Forums website, and they state the Windows 7 surely DOES work on an Inspiron 531 computer... on their own Dell Inspiron 531s... see the URL below: Sometimes you need to COPY & PASTE these links into a browser window, sometimes you can just click on it, ???... (for some reason it doesn't go to the page if you just click on it all the time.) then look at the 3rd posting down and you'll see the letter that I am referring to...
Also, see the pasted in responses below that I found on the same Dell Forum.
holgermetz replied to Re: Dell Inspiron 531: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (final) in Desktop General Hardware Forum.
I haven't had the slightest problem with Windows 7 32-bit on my Inspiron 531.
The Insprion 531 is fully compatible with Windows 7. All the drivers come from Windows 7, if you got the 32bit route, so you don't have to worry about Vista drivers. If you go the 64bit route, only one device is not supported. The Away Mode device, but there is a solution for that and I can give it to you if you decide on going to 64bit.
Upgrading is the easiest way, but doing a clean install is the best way. Unfortunately doing a clean install will mean you loose all your data and programs. So a backup of you personal data would be necessary and you would have to reinstall all your programs. I've done both and hands down a clean install of Windows 7 runs much better.
As far as Dell not giving you an upgrade, Vista Basic doesn't qualify no matter when you bought the system. I would also recommend you upgrade to at least Windows 7 Home Premium. It's a much better OS then the Basic version.
Quite a post!!!! Keep in mind that when Dell says that an OS is not supported on a particular system it simply means that they will not issue drivers or give Tech. support in that instance. It certainly does not mean that it absolutely will not work. Rather just that the users are on their own.
XPS 8100 i7-860(8MB Cache, 2.8GHz), 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM @ 1333MHz, 750GB SATA 3.0GB/s 16MB Cache, nVidia GeForce GTS2401GB GDDR3, Dell ST2310 Full HD Widescreen Monitor, AverMedia G2 Combo hybrid TV Tuner, dual 16x DVD+/- RW dbl layer, Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD, Running Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit.
If your question is answered here on the forums; PLEASE post back! It may help another user.
I don't mean to discount the work you put into this post, but consider this:
When Dell says that an OS is not "supported", it simply means that they have not tested it and developed drivers (if/where necessary) for that OS on that machine. They also do not "add" support for an OS on a machine that will never ship with it. So, if the 531 was discontinued before Windows 7 started shipping, then they will never add a Windows 7 section to the Drivers and Downloads page.
That said, just because Dell does not "support" Windows 7 doesn't mean it won't run perfectly well on it. Take my old XPS Gen 4 ... almost 6 years old, Dell definitely does not support Windows 7 on it, but it runs lots better with Windows 7 that it did with XP - and it was awesome with XP! Same with the Latitude D830, and Optiplex 755. When upgrading to an OS that the manufacturer says is not supported, ask and believe the users. Not because the users know more than Dell, but because Dell has not tested it and/or are not prepared to provide support to assist those trying to install it.
That makes me feel a little better after all the duress that I've been under for the last month.
Your input is similar to an email I just got back from a Dell response tech who indicated that same thing... they don't list this Inspiron 531 model as compatible simply because they haven't tested this model with Windows 7.
Microsoft has a huge database of drivers that I found for older peripherals that is building all the time for 7... as long as Windows 7 has the sound that this OS has lost, can handle email and a browser, oh and the printer that I already found the Windows 7 driver for, my mom will be happy.
input is similar to an email I just got back from a Dell response tech
who indicated that same thing... they don't list this Inspiron 531 model
as compatible simply because they haven't tested this model with
Microsoft has a huge database of drivers that I found
for older peripherals that is building all the time for 7... as long as
Windows 7 has the sound that this OS has lost, can handle email and a
browser, oh and the printer that I already found the Windows 7 driver
for, my mom will be happy.