If you don't have a spare monitor to connect to the QuickSync output you can buy HDMI or Display Port "Dummy" or "Ghost" monitor plugsQuickSync likes an active video adapter to work. There are some workarounds but I have not tried them under windows 10.
Not true. I just installed the latest version using the Intel Driver & Support Assistant and the version I have is much, much, newer than what you have listed....Driver, 4459, automatically installed by Windows 10 is newest. Intel doesn’t advertise drivers for Windows 10.
Oh sorry, I thought yours was newer than mine, not older.
What version is your driver? Do they have a newer driver for Win7 than Win10?I have an i5-3450 which has the HD 2500 and quicksync works with both VRD V5 and V6. It is windows 7 so there is a difference between our systems.
I was excited to try QuickSync when I first was able to use it but finally opted for CPU encoding. Though the QuickSync encodes were 50% faster on default settings, the video quality was just not there. The overall images were much softer (not as crisp) and the motion artifacts drove me nuts. I am not one of those 4K guys who is hyper critical over every video detail. I save in SD for space unless I really like the tv show. Movies get more space since there are less of them.
I know quality issues were to have been addressed with later CPUs. I understand your frustration and wish you the best trying to figure it out. If you can't get there, maybe the info I provided will help.