Motherboard Drivers for Windows 7: Dell, HP, Gateway, and Custom Built PCs

Motherboard Drivers for Windows 7: Dell, HP, Gateway, and Custom Built PCs
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Motherboard Drivers for Windows 7 - Custom Built PCs

If you have a custom built PC, you need to go directly to the website of your motherboard manufacturer to find specific motherboard drivers for Windows 7. You will also need to find the driver for your specific motherboard, which will be classified by product line and model. You may or may not need to do a BIOS update as well. This information will be detailed on the motherboard manufacturer’s website. Check out some of these popular motherboard manufacturers. Most likely, your motherboard manufacturer will be listed. If you are unsure what type of motherboard you have, you may need to remove the side panel on your PC case, and look at the motherboard itself. The high majority of the time, the motherboard manufacturer is printed somewhere on the motherboard.

Please note, motherboard drivers are not always labeled as ‘compatible with Windows 7’ or ‘for Windows 7.’ The majority of the time, they are not labeled at all. Just make sure that you download the latest version driver of BIOS update for your motherboard. It should have added Windows 7 support.

Motherboard Drivers for Windows 7 - Brand PCs


If you have a brand PC such as Dell, Gateway, HP, etc., finding motherboard drivers is similar, but not always as easy. Manufacturers such as Dell, Gateway, and HP, do not have a specific brand of motherboard. For example, if you have an old Dell Dimension 2400 that you are trying to install Windows 7 on, you would simply need to search for ‘Dell Dimension 2400 drivers.’ The best way to find these types of drivers is to start from the according support and downloads page for each particular manufacturer. Here are some popular PC manufacturers:

Tips and Advice

In certain cases, you may not need a motherboard driver at all. If you get Windows 7 installed on your PC but notice that things like the sound and display are not working you likely don’t need a motherboard driver or BIOS update. Instead, you need to install the driver for your graphics card to make the display work. A motherboard BIOS update or mod update is normally only used to address compatibility issues with installing an operating system. For example, if Windows 7 will not install on your PC at all.