The game has changed..

One of the complaints raised about PCs is when the user is made responsible for finding latest hardware drivers (or made responsible for anything┬á :-)). The vast majority of PC users are NOT in the least ‘technical’, and I understand the problem, but…

… the OEM (major manufacturer) machines are already supplied with appropriate drivers and in all honesty, there is little to be gained installing latest drivers UNLESS you have an issue that is specifically addressed in the latest driver incarnation.

Windows Update has tried to be useful for a long time, offering hardware updates alongside security and feature stuff, but the road has not been too smooth, with many hardware driver updates creating more issues than ever they could fix.

It’s happening BIG TIME with the Windows 10 upgrade. Because Windows 10 is being piped to Windows 7 and 8/8.1 machines regardless of driver support, there are a lot of installation and running failures. The majority of Windows 8/8.1 should be able to manage the upgrade well, but early Windows 7 machines, some which were borderline Windows 7 at the time of purchase, will struggle.

So, has the forced update policy worked? For some, maybe, those with newer machines.

Unlike Macs, where there is essentially one flavour wrapped in a variety of coverings, there are too many variations in the wonderful world of PCs.

It was easier in times past where PC users just bought the latest PC, complete with everything needed to run it straight out of the box. Eventually, these incompatibility problems will go away as the older machines die off and get replaced. In the meantime, Windows 10 continues to take hits re compatibility even though it is not really the fault of Windows 10..



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