Warning about a silent Windows 10 driver update

Over the last few days there has been a few cases where Windows 10 [I am guessing v1703 at the very least] has silently installed an update.

That update actually butchered [in these 3 cases that I know of] the video card drivers. Instead of 1920*1080, the highest display dropped to 1280*1024 as the video card wasn’t supported in Windows 10 but somehow, it did install some decent drivers originally.

If you have this problem, use the System Restore to go back to a date prior to the installation. Then apply the 6 steps at the bottom.

If System Restore doesn’t work, the follow these steps, rebooting at the end if needed:

  1. Go to Device Manager in the Control Panel.
  2. Select Display Adapter and then choose the display adapter shown.
  3. Right click and select Update drivers.
  4. Then Browse my computer for driver software and then Let me pick from a list of device drivers.
  5. Choose the drivers probably with a date from 2015 [may be just one].

If your computer is using old hardware, you may want to disable the option to let Windows automatically update hardware drivers.

To turn off Windows checking for hardware drivers via Windows Update:

  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Click System.
  3. Click Advanced system settings from the left sidebar.
  4. Select the Hardware tab.
  5. Press the Device Installation Settings button.
  6. Choose No, and then press the Save Changes button.

A negative issue turning this option off is that you will have to update drivers on your own and if you add any hardware, there may be some issues adding the hardware.



How to upgrade to Windows 10 with an old video card

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 videoIt is lengthy! Take notes!