This is your processor:
This document is what Microsoft requires for Windows 10:
N. Scott Pearson, thank you for your assistance.
I am working to look some additional information in regard to your concern to help you with the installation.
Yea, we refer to that as "the blind leading the blind"...
Al Hill and N. Scott Pearson, thank you for your assistance.
In regard to your concern, I would like to inform you, in our processors what defines the supported Operating System(OS) is the kind of integrated graphics on the processor. You can review the following list some of the compatibilities:
Supported Operating Systems for Intel® Graphics Products
At this moment, your processor does not have integrated graphics:
Intel® Xeon® Processor E5440
What will define the supported OS will be the graphics card that you have in your equipment. In addition, at the following link, you will be able to see the system requirements in order to run Windows 10.
Windows 10 Specifications & Systems Requirements
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Just to make clear for you, the driver availability will define too if the OS is supported since there are no drivers on our website, your motherboard and the graphics card will define the supported OS.
using the Motherboard Gigabyte ga-P35-ds3 rev.1.0 with the processor Xeon E5440. On the hdd was already installed windows 10. The processor works but the os doesn´t find the drivers for the ide ata/atapi-controller.
So i tried a clean installation of the os. The result was the same. Not finding the drivers, the installation stopped with the message: please insert the cd or usb or floppy-disc with the correct drivers.
At the moment i am installing win7 prof 64 bit including all updates. Because win 7 installs the right drivers. Then i will try to upgrade from win 7 to win 10 by the help of the media creation tool. Maybe this way is more successful.
Or anybody else has a better solution.
Motherboards and processors this old are not officially supported with Windows 10. If MS' compatibility drivers don't support it, there is likely nothing you can do about it.
I personally think that you should stick with Windows 7 for now. Windows 10 is too insecure as far as I am concerned. I won't use it until is gives me the option of NEVER having anything reported to Microsoft (I simply do not accept their "anonymous data" claims). If you don't want to stick with Windows 7 and you insist on using IDE-based devices, you could try using one of the adapters that allows these IDE devices to be connected to SATA ports.
Hope this helps,
N. Scott Pearson, thank you for the information.
Leonard6, I would follow Scott's recommendations, even when you are able to upgrade from W7 to W10, eventually, you will run into compatibility issues.
Please check the following URL for information on compatible OS for your motherboard:
Windows Server 2003
Hope you find this information helpful.