"Windows XP Drivers for Inspiron 531"4.0 starson by AndyBoucher
Pros: Fast when running Windows XP and is priced very well for the performance obtained
Cons: Slow when running Vista and would need memory and video upgrades to be as good as one running Windows XP
Summary: I have successfully installed Windows XP on an Inspiron 531 and am really impressed with the speed and performance of this machine. For the relatively inexpensive cost of this machine, running XP makes it seem like a system that would have cost hundreds of dollars more.
It came with Vista Home Basic, and the 'User Experience' was rated a 3 out of 5 and it did not really run that fast.
Most software that I need to run on this box is not compliant with Vista, which nags often about that fact when trying to load and run most of the software titles that I own. Most of the software vendors that produced the software I use have upgrades available to make it work on Vista, but they usually charge for the upgrade and at this point in time, what I have works and I am not anxious to go through any upgrade process.
I located the drivers needed by Windows XP on the Inspiron 531 at the following locations:
Chipset Driver-Included NIC Driver too...
Video Driver - NVidia 6150 LE graphic GPU
The 'Unknown Device" Driver (AMD Away)
Use Dell's R151573.EXE
Realtek Audio Driver
Use Dell's R162030.EXE
That was about it... Was a pain to locate all these drivers, but hopefully posting them here will save others a whole lot of time finding them should they decide they want to run XP on this system.