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Windows 10 And Drivers

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Windows 10

Richard has something to say about Windows 10. He writes:  “An issue with the Windows 10 free upgrade: In taking the free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, which I did in April, there was an important issue which I have not seen you address. It involves drivers.  I was expecting some of my old peripherals to no longer work that worked in Windows 7 (and some are quite old indeed) but in fact every one of them still worked.

My research on the issue indicated that Microsoft had saved and reused every one of the drivers which I had installed in my Windows 7, which is something which neither you nor anyone else had given me a heads up about.

However I have come to the realization that a clean installation or buying a new Windows 10 PC will mean the loss of these old drivers as well as some of the old peripherals.

I feel that this is an important issue that you should make people aware of, as well as to encourage them to take the free upgrade by alleviating the concern of the loss of peripherals if they do so.”

Richard, that’s a good point. I have mentioned before in previous articles that Windows 10 doesn’t overwrite any of your files or settings and also that you can check your PC for any type of compatibility issues with your peripherals before upgrading. If it doesn’t give you a notice, there’s likely not an issue.

Here’s how you can check before you upgrade.

Right-click that little Windows symbol on the bottom right of your screen and then choose Check your upgrade status.


In my case, I got the all-clear. Again, it happened very quickly, so grabbing a screenshot was a challenge.


All is not necessarily lost if you do a clean install. Windows will go looking for any necessary drivers and you might still be able to download them again from the manufacturer of your peripherals. (assuming they are still in business)

But you’re right, doing the upgrade is the quickest easiest way to go. I’m always glad to hear from folks who didn’t experience any issues with their Windows 10 upgrade. My experiences have been fairly smooth as well.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “Windows 10 And Drivers”

  1. Otto says:

    The choices I am offered to print has the usual suspects, to pdf, One Drive, etc. but sometimes no laser printer option altho I have printed on it many times after the WIN 10 upgrade!

    Going to the Samsung downloads website there is no driver for Win 10! Going back to the print page and clicking around the laser option has reappeared!

    A very annoying glitch – why so?

  2. Melanie says:

    WHAT little Windows symbol on the bottom right of the screen? I updated 3 days ago (accidentally), didn’t know about this until now, and hunted for the Windows symbol you mention. Not there. Okay, so how else can I check on these drivers? I have an old peripheral not available at the moment, and I don’t want a rude surprise later on. If this particular peripheral won’t work, I’ll have no choice but to revert to Win 7.

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