How to upgrade to Windows 10 with an old video card
July 16, 2016 Leave a comment
If you are getting a message that your older computer can not be upgraded to Windows 10 because of an unsupported video card [a.k.a. GPU], you can possible get around the issue by installing the video drivers for Windows 7 or Windows 8.x.
Note: This may not work for all video cards. To test, if you have a spare hard disk, replace the system one with your spare hard disk. Install Windows 10 [no upgrade] and don’t bother with a serial number. Once the installation is complete, follow the instructions below. If it works, it should work on your actual installation. Time to upgrade. If it doesn’t work and you can’t find any way around the issue, don’t upgrade [for now].
Here’s what you need to do. In this example we will use an unsupported GeForce 6150 LE.
Ignore the message from the GWX icon. Instead you need the actual media. To do so, there are a variety of ways to get a copy of the correct media.
[A reminder that you can only upgrade a 32-bit OS when the current OS is also 32-bit – and the same for 64-bit.]
Run the setup and upgrade to Windows 10.
After the installation, you will notice in the device manager that the current video driver is probably the generic Microsoft Basic Display Adapter.
Download the latest [and last] GeForce 6 Series [or GeForce 7 Series if it is a GeForce 7xxx series].
64 bit 32-bit
Install the drivers. Accept anything it asks. You may need to use the Troubleshoot compatibility option [right click on the installer EXE, go to Properties and downgrade the OS compatibility to Windows 8].
If you receive the message NVIDIA Installer cannot continue, then using the following fix:
Open the Device Manager and check if you have the entry PCI Express Root Port with an exclamation mark [it should stick out]. If you have it:
- Find the Command Prompt under Windows System. Right click on it and select Run as administrator.
A black window opens. Type the following:
bcdedit /set pciexpress forcedisable
- Reboot your computer. Install the driver again.
If not, try this video. It is lengthy! Take notes!