Windows 10: Has anyone updated a Dell Studio 540 from Windows 7 to 10?

Discus and support Has anyone updated a Dell Studio 540 from Windows 7 to 10? in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; My daughter has a Dell Studio 540 running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and she's been asking me if it's OK to upgrade to Windows 10. Since I live... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by moondoggy, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. moondoggy Win User

    Has anyone updated a Dell Studio 540 from Windows 7 to 10?


    My daughter has a Dell Studio 540 running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and she's been asking me if it's OK to upgrade to Windows 10. Since I live several hundred miles from her I didn't want to tell her to go ahead until I had a chance to check things out and now I'm wondering myself what to do.

    I fired up some Dell utility for drivers and updates and it came back with a message that said the Studio 540 had not been tested for compatibility with Windows 10 and if an upgrade was attempted things might not work. Of course that doesn't really mean they won't it only means that Dell hasn't tested anything and they're covering themselves just in case. Now The Windows Upgrade Icon is in her system tray and it says that the machine was tested and found to be compatible with no issues found so drivers might exist from Microsoft.

    So, has anyone upgraded a Dell Studio 540? If so, what if any problems did you encounter?

    :)
     
    moondoggy, Nov 27, 2015
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  2. E. D.Vogt Win User

    Win 7 home prem 64 bit w/no win 10 app

    I have a Dell Studio 540 running win 7 home premium 64 bit that meats all the proper specs and is up to date, but still no windows 10 upgrade app. Us there a way to force this ?
     
    E. D.Vogt, Nov 27, 2015
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  3. Windows 10 and TV tuner

    By discontinuing Windows Media Center in Windows 10, Microsoft are practically asking for a bell to toll sales-wise. That is precisely why I went back to Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate on my laptop and desktop, respectively, after both of
    them crashed with a Blue Screen of Death due to hardware incompatibility
    despite the Get Windows 10 app stating that my machines -- a Dell Inspiron E1405 laptop and a Dell Studio 540 desktop -- were compatible.
     
    Victor Golf Charles, Nov 27, 2015
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  4. Has anyone updated a Dell Studio 540 from Windows 7 to 10?

    Microsoft is often provided with drivers not designed specifically for the computer, which means updating is risky. It probably will work, but you always run the risk of crashing, or small problems like it having a hard time coming out of sleep mode, etc.

    If she really wants it, she can try it out, and revert back if it doesn't work in month provided to revert.

    To remove the tray icon, do this: Get Windows 10 Icon - Remove from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums
     
    DustSailor, Nov 27, 2015
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  5. Ztruker Win User
    From the Dell web site:

    Product not tested for Windows 10 upgrade

    Dell is not testing or developing Windows 10 drivers for this product. If you choose to upgrade, some features, applications, and connected devices may not work as expected.
    See a list of tested products
     
    Ztruker, Nov 27, 2015
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  6. bobkn Win User
    Since Dell doesn't support the machine for Windows 10, that means that you (and your daughter) are on your own.

    That means finding drivers for all of the components in the PC. The Windows 10 installer may have most or all of them, but you can't count on that. In particular, it may give you the Microsoft Basic drivers for the graphics device, which will run but with poor performance.

    I can't really recommend the upgrade. If the machine was running Windows 8, I'd suggest it. (I really disliked the Win 8 interface.)

    If she decides to go for it, I strongly recommend that she image the existing Windows 7 installation, if she wants (or needs) to go back. The Win 10 upgrade has means to revert, but I don't trust them.
     
    bobkn, Nov 28, 2015
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  7. moondoggy Win User
    I went to Dell's driver support page and found that Dell didn't even provide driver support for Windows 8.x so to me that pretty much seals the deal on the upgrade being a big fat NO. If it were me and I had the original Windows 7 restore CD from Dell or Acronis TrueImage and an external backup source I might try it but she doesn't know where anything is and I only have another couple of days to fool with this before I return home to Florida so I'm thinking that the best course of action is to find the instructions on disabling the Windows 10 nag and let her stay on Windows 7.
     
    moondoggy, Nov 28, 2015
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  8. CastAway Win User

    Has anyone updated a Dell Studio 540 from Windows 7 to 10?

    My experience so far is daily BSOD crashes from an errant AMD driver. As with your Dell 540, my system is not supported by Dell for Win 10 issues. I will likely go back to Win 7. Just need to figure out how after several months on Win 10.
     
    CastAway, Dec 1, 2015
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  9. cpuham Win User
    I upgraded my wife's Dell 540 to windows 10 and had no errors. She is very happy with it.

    Walt
     
    cpuham, Dec 7, 2015
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  10. If the PC has the option to upgrade it will be fine. This is just Dell trying to sell more computers.
     
    nigelmercier, Dec 7, 2015
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  11. Katanga Win User
    I have one of these, and it smoothly upgraded to Windows 10 x64. It is using the Intel onboard graphics and sports 4gb of memory and a 250gb 850 EVO SSD. There have been no issues.

    The 540 is based on regular components, and Windows 10 drivers are available for all of them. It is end-of-life where Dell is concerned, so Dell no longer supports it for upgrades, but that doesn't mean drivers from the respective component hardware vendors and Microsoft won't work.
     
    Katanga, Apr 4, 2018
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