An interesting problem. I just installed a new hard drive and used the Dell provided Win7 media to clean install Windows 7 professional 32 bit on my Dell 6410 Inspiron. When it installed there is no network of any kind and it did not give the option to enable it (no IEEE, no wireless,etc). The BIOS reads normally and all devices are active. However, it appears that no drivers are available on the 3 drivers disks provided either.
Two questions. 1. why wouldn't Win7 Pro autoconfigure the network during setup? 2. Any thoughts on workarounds?