I re-enabled updates and let the process run, since I wanted to see how Windows would react to being told to download an update for a GPU that wasn’t actually present in the system anymore.
I rebooted after updates were installed, then checked the “View installed updates” page, expecting to see that the GTX 980 driver install had failed — the testbed has an R9 290X in it, after all, and neither AMD nor Nvidia drivers will install properly if the wrong type of video card is in the system.
I have been evaluating Windows 10 both in a virtual machine and on a testbed in order to examine the OS in two different scenarios.
One of those testbeds has used both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, and I followed my usual procedure for removing drivers from the OS: Run the driver uninstaller, then reboot into Safe Mode and run the latest version of Display Driver Uninstaller, or DDU.
Five games may run perfectly, two others run slowly, and the eighth won’t even start.
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You may not have to try them all; just work your way down until you find the one works for you.
One of the biggest reasons for your not working well graphics cards is outdated, missing or faulty drivers.
Right now, it’s not at all clear how Windows 10 will handle it when reviewers need to install pre-release drivers from Nvidia or AMD.
If I’m running a private driver that supports Fury Nano or the GTX Super Titan XYZ, the last thing we need is an OS that attempts to install drivers that aren’t actually qualified for the card.