Handling Difficult Driver Installations In Windows 10 Tech Preview

Hello reader,

Windows 10 Tech Preview… A beautiful operating system to say the least.

While it can be challenging to get everything running on newer operating systems quickly, it can be twice as frustrating when the tried and true methods simply don’t seem to work.

A not so hypothetical example…

It is 6:20 am and I figured out how to get my Nvidia driver, or rather “an Nvidia driver” working in my Windows 10. What turned out to be the problem was that because of my older HP laptop not having any support for newer software. (Nvidia assumes that the manufacturer would be responsible, and of course failing that figures Windows would know which one to use, and when neither turns out to be the case we get an up close look at the dependencies of the driver itself.)

Direct X-9… Most graphics drivers depend on direct x 9-11, and we Linux users have been using alternative drivers for eons, so I figured “lets just install every direct x all at once and see if it works. After all, every time you install the wrong driver you literally have to refresh or reset the system to removc the old one.

That takes longer than it sounds by the way.

Of course Windows 10 uses Direct x-11… so simply adding Direct X end user runtimes would fill in the blanks and install the other dependencies.

This is of course provided it knows it needs them, so what actually worked was installing the driver, skipping the restart, then installing the direct x end user runtimes, then cleaning up the registry with CCleaner to be on the safe side.

Shortly after which I booted into my Linux live cd environment to install a boot repair feature and like magic, I now have my Nvidia running in my Windows 10, and my Linux still works just fine.

Zany right?

Additionally I found a “nifty” little driver finder called 3DP and it can help you find some of the drivers you may be missing.

While nobody can say for certain, I’m thinking this time Microsoft must be planning a free OS release for consumers. With all of their competitors offering free operating systems it’s either go free or go extinct while trying to sell apps.

#Cheers and thanks for reading this!


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