Attempted Update to Windows 10

I’ve got a VPCL148FG Sony Vaio All-in-One Desktop. I purchased it around 5 years ago. It’s got a 3 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 6 GB of RAM, a 1 TB, 7200 RPM HDD, and a 24-inch, 1080p monitor. It’s really quite nice except that it came with a lot of bloatware and the Windows settings weren’t optimised very well. Startup time was initially horrible and it ran sluggish at times. I eventually got around to disabling a lot of the unnecessary startup applications and services as well as outright deleting all of the bloatware. It runs ok now but it can still be better.

After reading about how much faster Windows 10 is supposed to be, I was optimistic that I’d be able to get this computer running even better. A couple weeks ago when I had some free time, I excitedly clicked the Upgrade to Windows 10 prompt in the notification area but was immediately let down when a window popped up, informing me it couldn’t be installed on my computer as the driver for my Nvidia GeForce GT 330M GPU hasn’t yet been updated to work with Windows 10.

Unperturbed, I looked up how to install Windows 10 manually. I found out that you can download a media creation tool from Microsoft’s website that will give you the option to either burn an ISO to install on another computer or to immediately upgrade the computer you’re using.  I proceeded to upgrade and Microsoft’s tool did not object. The rest of the process went smoothly and the upgrade completed but in the end, it was all for not. Since Nvidia’s own driver was incompatible with Windows 10, Windows had just used a generic video driver. Now all the resolution was wrong and everything on the screen was stretched out.

After several more hours of Googling and trying different things, I confirmed that there was no way to fix the video driver problem and reverted back to Windows 7. Thankfully, that was a relatively simple process. If you Google “how to go back to Windows 7 from Windows 10” you’ll find some very clear instructions. Hurray!

It was a bit disappointing that neither Sony nor Nvidia could be bothered to keep the video drivers up to date for a computer that’s only about 5 years old. At least I’ve got it back to Windows 7, have it streamlined as much as possible and it’s running alright. Good enough for now I guess.