Windows 10: ATI Radeon 2100 not compatible with W10 - what options do I have?

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  1. spapakons's Avatar
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       15 Oct 2015 #11

    Or you can just download the Windows ISO from Microsoft Tech Bench site and use that to upgrade. Then install latest Windows 8 or 7 drivers for your card. No matter what Microsoft wants us to believe, as long as you can find at least Vista drivers for your devices, you can install Windows 10 on the machine. The only requirement is NX/PAE support in motherboard (anything Intel 775 or later and AMD AM2 or later). But this can also be patched if you want to try Windows 10 32-bit in a Pentium 4 PC...
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  2.    16 Oct 2015 #12

    Hi. I've had two PCs using 'old' nVidia cards that Win 10 said No to. I used the MS Win 10 ISO disc image and did the upgrade anyway. The new Win 10 used Basic drivers but after running the latest nVidia Win 8.1 driver all was fine. I suspect it will be the same with your Radeons as long as you download and save the latest Radeon driver and be preared to run it. Note that Win 10 didn't 'find' my grahics cards after install but the nVidia driver did so having a driver is essential.
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  3. spapakons's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1803 (April 2018 build 17134.48)
       16 Oct 2015 #13

    I have said it in other threads, and I repeat it here. As long as there is at least a Vista driver (WDDM 1.0) for your graphics card, it can and will work in Windows 7 and 8 and 10 as well. Windows Update says there is no driver because it is searching only for Windows 10 drivers. If you download and install any earlier WDDM driver it should work without any issues.

    In short, any nVidia Geforce FX 5200 or newer series card works. Any ATI Radeon 9200 or newer series works. Any Intel 945G or newer works. It doesn't need exclusively a Windows 10 driver. You can use Windows 8 or 7 or Vista driver (the newer the better).

    Also a warning here for recent nVidia cards: nVidia changed a driver file in Forceware 340.xx and newer, so your old applications don't detect the CUDA capabilities of your card and you cannot use hardware acceleration depending on CUDA. If this is your case, use an earlier Windows 8.1 driver instead! I am using version 335.23 in Windows 10 for my GeForce 620 without any problem! So to take full advantage of your not-too-new nVidia card avoid Forceware version 340.xx or newer! You may miss some new features (if any) but is preferable than missing hardware acceleration in video editing and other applications! Manufacturers try tricks to force us upgrade our hardware, but we are often smarter than them.
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