1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 7
       30 Apr 2016 #1

    Upgrading Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 10 without Win10 drivers


    I have upgraded several PC's to Windows 10 and I am down to my last 3 that are Windows 7-era machines.

    Two are home-built PC's running Windows 7 SP1 64bit and 32 bit. In this case the motherboard manufacturers have no windows 8 or 10 drivers. So no chipset, on-board audio, or Ethernet drivers, etc. The video cards are more current so I can get those.

    The Dell is an older laptop that is running windows 7 SP1 that I fresh-installed upon receipt. Again, no Windows 10 drivers or support for that either on the Dell site. So "not certified" to upgrade to windows 10.

    I have read both success and failures when trying to just let the upgrade find drivers or just use the old drivers. My question is if you are an experienced user, is there a good possibility of success upgrading this way or is it not worth the hassle? Now the hardware will pass the minimum requirements so my fear is someone will just click on the "upgrade icon" and it will happen when I am not around anyway.

    Thanks for any thoughts or experiences.

    BJB

    PS. How do you access your "auto-saved" posts. I lost the whole post while typing and it was "auto-saved" but could not see where to access it.
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,888
    Windows 10 Pro
       30 Apr 2016 #2

    I would suggest: before you upgrade, make an image of the existing hard drive with Macrium Reflect free. You'll need an external USB hard drive large enough to hold the image which will be about 80-90% in size of the used space on you existing hard drive. Also make a Macrium Reflect free rescue USB flash drive, DVD or CD.

    Do the in place upgrade. Personally, almost all of us regular members here prefer to use a Windows 10 installation USB flash drive or DVD created from Media Creation Tool or from an ISO from Microsoft Tech Bench. But you can try the Windows update Get Windows X icon.

    After the upgrade, you hopefully will not have any unknown devices or exclamation points in device manager. After the upgrade, I would export the third party drivers using the DISM /Export-Driver command so that you will have them if you decide to do a clean install after the upgrade.

    The oldest computer I have upgraded is an Acer Aspire One that originally came with Windows XP from Acer and it is running great on Windows 10.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2015
    Posts : 1,393
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       30 Apr 2016 #3

    Hi,

    After the upgrade, you hopefully will not have any unknown devices or exclamation points in device manager
    If that's the case as it can often be, I suggest firing up device manager and let Windows search online for an appropriate driver for the device (s). That often works in most cases but unfortunately not all.

    Cheers,
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  4. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 7
       30 Apr 2016 #4

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I would suggest: before you upgrade, make an image of the existing hard drive with Macrium Reflect free. You'll need an external USB hard drive large enough to hold the image which will be about 80-90% in size of the used space on you existing hard drive. Also make a Macrium Reflect free rescue USB flash drive, DVD or CD.

    Do the in place upgrade. Personally, almost all of us regular members here prefer to use a Windows 10 installation USB flash drive or DVD created from Media Creation Tool or from an ISO from Microsoft Tech Bench. But you can try the Windows update Get Windows X icon.

    After the upgrade, you hopefully will not have any unknown devices or exclamation points in device manager. After the upgrade, I would export the third party drivers using the DISM /Export-Driver command so that you will have them if you decide to do a clean install after the upgrade.

    The oldest computer I have upgraded is an Acer Aspire One that originally came with Windows XP from Acer and it is running great on Windows 10.
    Thanks. Yes I always use the media creation tool. And for sure, always image before I upgrade.
    BJB
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  5. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 7
       30 Apr 2016 #5

    fdegrove said: View Post
    Hi,



    If that's the case as it can often be, I suggest firing up device manager and let Windows search online for an appropriate driver for the device (s). That often works in most cases but unfortunately not all.

    Cheers,
    Will do, thanks. Is prowling OEM sites like Realtek for audio or others for wifi drivers better or worse than trying thr Windows update driver in DM?
    BJB
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  6. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 224
    Win10 Pro x64
       30 Apr 2016 #6

    BJB said: View Post
    Will do, thanks. Is prowling OEM sites like Realtek for audio or others for wifi drivers better or worse than trying thr Windows update driver in DM?
    BJB
    It depends on the device I would think, for most going right to the device manufacturer is best. My HP laptop got a windows 10 graphics driver that is only available through winupdate, and it is preferable over the regular drivers from amd because of all the extra features (like the screen dim/brighten buttons that only work with the hp driver). Aside from graphics though device manufacturer all the way
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  7. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 7
       01 May 2016 #7

    Carsomyr said: View Post
    It depends on the device I would think, for most going right to the device manufacturer is best. My HP laptop got a windows 10 graphics driver that is only available through winupdate, and it is preferable over the regular drivers from amd because of all the extra features (like the screen dim/brighten buttons that only work with the hp driver). Aside from graphics though device manufacturer all the way
    Thanks. I guess I should have said chip manufacturer. In my case Dell and Mboard manufacturers have nothing.
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