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12-07-2015 08:13 PM
I have an HP Pavilion dv6605 pc which I have upgraded two years ago from Vista to Office 7. I wanted to upgrade to Windows 10, however, I cannot because I need to update NVIDIA GeForce 7150M / nForce 630M.
How do I do that? I'm not finding the correct driver without having to install a bunch of other unnecessary drivers. Do I need NVIDIA GeForce 7150M / nForce 630M in order for the laptop to run seemlessly or can I just uninstall it and upgrade to Windows 10?
12-08-2015 06:32 PM
Hello SharonAi ;
I read your post about upgrading from Vista to Win10 and wanted to help.
You're facing a number of serious problems in doing this ...
First, there is no upgrade path to Win10 from Vista. You would have to do a clean-install and then reinstall every one of your applications -- some of which might no longer work under Win10 because MS has disabled some of the legacy support that was in Win7 for older apps.
Second, there is no FREE upgrade to Win10 from Vista. MS only offers the free upgrade from Win7/8/8.1. You would have to buy a license.
Third, there's every likelyhood that some, if not most, of your hardware will not have Win10 drivers. The problem you're up against is that Microsoft only supplies drivers with the most basic functionality. This is especially true with video drivers, in which unsupported chipsets are relegated to the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter driver which limits screen resolution.
If you have an external drive, you could consider using a third-party utility like Macrium Reflect to image off your Vista install such that you could later restore it in only a few minutes if Win10 did not work.
But, you're probably going to have to enter a product-key to even do the upgrade, and so there is really no way for you to try out the upgrade for free.
Sorry, but I would advise against doing the Win10 upgrade.
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12-08-2015 07:13 PM
Thanks. I have already upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 about 3 years ago. No problem there. All works well.
Because the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 is available, I was hoping to take advantage. However, as you've stated, that's not possible.
I'm good. Basically, my experience is that we (consumers) are being "forced" to upgrade our devices every 2 or 3 years because there is no longer any or very minimal support.
Thanks for responding. I'll continue to work using Windows 7 until I'm ready to make a switch to something else.