Windows 10 on Core 2

Windows 10 Major Updates fail

Windows Anniversary Update 2 (143939) failed on an old Intel Core 2 system. I completed a clean install to take care of that problem. Creator’s Update from April 2017 fails, and now another one is approaching in Fall. This Windows 10 pro system is annoying to the extreme. My daughter will attempt to play games and the system will reboot and run updates and then they will fail, because they do not include the required storage drivers. Then it must roll back. This process completes ad-nauseum and without a reliable way to disable updates entirely this regularly breaks her gaming experience (using Steam and games from Windows store).

Old driver Version Required

For the old machines such as Intel Core 2 or Core 2 Quad, the Chipset drivers are no longer present in Windows. This means that as the anniversary updates come down from Microsoft, unless they include all drivers up to the present (which doesn’t seem to be the case), every year machines will be made obsolete by their inability to install the annual Windows feature update. Luckily the Core 2 chip-set (P45/G45/P43/G43) and ICH10R (I/O Controller Hubs) were represented in a Windows 7/8 compatible 64-bit version of Intel RST drivers F6 Floppy driver, version, 11.7.0.1013. It is the only 64-bit F6 Floppy driver version I can find that supports these old southbridge chipsets: – Intel(R) ICH10D/DO SATA AHCI Controller – Intel(R) ICH10R SATA AHCI Controller – Intel(R) ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller – Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller – Intel(R) ICH7R/DH SATA AHCI Controller – the Core 2 and Core 2 Quad CPU series.

How to use the driver

The “F6” driver installation method allows the chip-set drivers from the 11.7 version of the Intel RST drivers to work in the installation phase of Windows 10 Anniversary Update 2. The Media Creation Tool for Windows 10 creates installation DVD images or Flash Drives to use for the clean installation. MSI produced a useful step-by-step process for using the pre-installation of IRST(RAID) storage drivers on Windows 7, and the same process works for Windows 8 and 10. For a more detailed explanation of the workings of the F6 driver installation and troubleshooting, Tim produced a document updated over the course of five years covering Windows 2000 – Windows 8.

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