Hello Tobywankenobe, I would like to explain you that Original Equipment manufacturer systems (OEM) sometimes does not allow the installation of generic drivers, therefore customer are force to install the drivers provided by the system manufacture.
When getting the system doesn't meet the minimum specifications error, you can try the following steps.
You would need to download and install the following the driver and follow the installation instructions below explicitly to install it.
1. Login with administrator privileges
2. Open Control Panel
3. Open Device Manager
4. Click on "Display adapters"
5. Double click "Intel HD Graphics"
6. Click on the "Driver" tab
7. Click on "Update Driver" button
8. Click on "Browse my computer for driver software"
9. Click on "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"
10. Click on "Have Disk" button
11. Click "Browse"
12. Navigate to the folder that you unzipped the Beta Intel HD Graphics driver to
13.Navigate to the Graphics sub-folder
14. Double click the igdlh64.inf or igdlh.inf file <-- depends on if you have 32 or 64 bit OS
16. Click "Next"
Driver should now be installing.
17. If successful, click "Close"
Please let me know if this resolves the issue you are seeing.
Thanks for your response Sylvia. You point out another problem I've been able to pick up from the threads, and that is the latest generic drivers from Intel do not have an igdlg64.inf file. In fact, the preferred driver the Intel Driver Update Utility identified which I downloaded as a zip has instead a kit51427.inf file. I downloaded multiple zip files that should also contain the correct drivers, and they as well only had kit*.inf files instead of an igd*.inf file. You did not provide a link to the driver I should install, but I certainly hope there is one.
I understand why OEM's would prefer to only allow drivers from them. However, this laptop is now out of warranty, and it would appear that I'm stuck with whatever drivers Dell deemed appropriate at the time the warranty ran out. That doesn't seem to be a good idea in terms of either performance or, more importantly, security. It's my hardware, provided by Intel, and I would like to install the latest drivers the good folk from Intel have developed for my laptop. I appreciate your help Sylvia.