Installing drivers in Windows 10 Tech Preview

Hello reader,

Depending on the age of your computer you may find it helpful to install graphics drivers, network drivers, sound drivers, or other drivers depending upon the performance of your computer at the time of installation.

By default Windows 10 Technical Preview comes with basic display drivers at a minimum, which while not adequate for gaming are certainly adequate for many users needs.

You’ll need;

  1. Working internet
  2. Computer capable of downloads
  3. Product number of your machine
  4. Driver type (provided by your computers manufacturer)
  5. USB Drive

For internet drivers if your computer didn’t go online by itself at boot up, you may try refreshing the machine under PC settings. If that doesn’t make the machine internet capable you can try your manufacturers internet drivers which should consist of ethernet drivers, network adaptor drivers, wifi drivers (if applicable) and wireless lan drivers at a minimum.

Transfer the drivers to your non internet capable machine using a usb drive and extract the contents of the folders to run setup. In most cases the driver setup wizard will guide you through the installation but you may need to reboot or turn the wifi off and back on to get the driver recognized.

Graphics and other drivers… Depending on the age of the pc you may find compatibility issues with certain drivers i.e. Nvidia GPU drivers for XP etc, in many cases there are driver alternatives available but in some cases (rarely) they can make your machine unstable.

If all else fails for drivers try 3dp and be careful during the install (decine special offers etc.)

You may find it easier to take the PC to the manufacturer website but you’ll need to manually install drivers as Windows 10 Technical Preview isn’t a recognized software yet, meaning they won’t have exact driver matching in most cases. (Most Windows 7 – 8.1 compatible drivers work great) Many of the Vista Drivers work well, XP drivers are very hit or miss though I suspect this will be resolved sooner than later considering how many XP era machines are still in use today.

Primarily you’ll need to install netork & wifi drivers if you find something missing or graphics drivers to play games. I had the least amount of difficulty installing drivers for AMD, ATI, Intel, Realtek, and had some difficulty with Nvidia GPU drivers in particular for older Dell systems so as usual be careful and check to see what steps might be needed to upgrade to a comparable software i.e. Windows 8.1 before you begin.

To install Windows 10 Technical Preview you’ll need a copy of the ISO provided by Microsoft and a third party USB installer like rufus, after downloading the Windows 10 Technical Preview (32 or 64 bit depending on your machine and preference) insert a usb thumbdrive with nothing on it into the 2.0 or 3.0 usb port and then run Rufus, in the options provided you’ll see next to the words “free dos” a tiny iso image and the word browse. Browse to the download location of the Windows ISO (using rufus-browse option) and select it.

Execute the program and it will install the windows iso to the usb.

*See Also Difficult Driver Article Here.

Safely remove the usb and insert it into the machine you’ll be installing Windows 10 to, and boot from usb by using the bios options. (To access bios options simply press F10 or F12 on most systems during the first moments of startup, before you see the operating system load.

Once you see “Press any button to boot from USB…” You’ll have done it correctly. From there the installer will take a while, do not remove the installer until you have completely installed the Windows 10 Preview which will go on through several reboots and a few setup screens. In fact don’t remove the installer until the first time you have been online and downloaded something.

(Like antivirus software.)

On a personal note I have enjoyed this operating system immensely, it is my hope that it will be a free release as the store coupled with the enterprise market and other microsoft products will flourish provided nobody has to pay for this OS.

Not to say it isn’t valuable, but buying another operating system would stop me from buying any apps, or additional software. I know many people who feel the same way, all of those people are developers, customers, testers, and have been paying since Dos…

Just one of the many reasons we love Linux.

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