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Minimum System Requirements to Run Windows 10 on Your Computer


All excited for Windows 10 launch? Calm your nerves a little and check if your machine can even handle the upcoming Windows from Microsoft or not. While the Internet tries its best to cope up with the Windows 10 launch day traffic strain, let's make sure our computers can accept the latest Windows too. We are sharing with you a complete checklist of all the minimum hardware requirements so you know what your computer should have before you could install Windows 10.

- Steps to Download and Install Windows 10 Right Now, Anywhere in the World

Windows 10 System Requirements:

It's not like Microsoft has created a long list of prerequisites as the checklist is quite short for you to install the new Windows 10 on your system. To benefit from Microsoft's offer of free Windows 10 upgrade, your machine should be running either Windows 7 SP1 or an updated version of Windows 8.1. To ensure that your Windows is updated, download the updates for Windows 7 SP1 from here and Windows 8.1 from here. For Windows XP and Vista users, only a clean install will help you folks.

Following are all the Windows 10 system requirements that would free you of all the worries.

  • RAM
    • 1GB for 32 bit
    • 2GB for 64 bit
  • Hard disk space
    • 16 GB for 32 bit
    • 20 GB for 64 bit
  • CPU: 1GHz or faster
  • Screen resolution: 800 x 600
  • Graphics: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • Microsoft account
  • Internet Access

You can check these requirements to make sure that your PC or tablet meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 10 from Control Panel > System Info. You can also try the new Get Windows 10 app which lets you use "Check my PC" feature to help you identify if your machine is lacking something before it could be updated to Windows 10.

Remember that the above requirements are the very basic prerequisites to make sure that Windows 10 works on your computer or tablet. This is in no way a guide to help you get support for specific programs or apps as there might be some compatibility issues. Some Windows 10 features also require special hardware requirements - e.g. Windows Hello needs an infrared camera to work - so take this guide for the basic functionality of the operating system only.

Once you have made certain that your PC can accept the new Windows, follow this guide to upgrade to Windows 10.

Still stuck in the predicament of upgrading to Windows 10 or not? Follow our top 5 reasons that would make you update to the latest Windows 10 right away. Don't forget to read about the reasons that could affect your liking for Windows 10 as well.