Windows 10 minimum requirements – A Quick Look

Since the day Microsoft announced the launch of windows 10 on July 29th, 2015, anticipation among people is rising day by day. And Microsoft is igniting the same by asking people to reserve up for the free upgrade. But to get this upgrade, Microsoft has underlined a set of minimum hardware requirements that will be consistent across different devices.

Well, Acc. to Microsoft if you can operate windows 8.1 in your pc, then you can even install windows 10 in it. But still there lies a confusion among users of other versions, who are curious to know whether their pc or mobiles will be able to support it or not. So, the minimum requirements, as outlined by Paul Reed, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, that will be needed to be met in order to boot and run Windows 10 update are as below.


Minimum Requirements For Mobile Devices

All windows 10 mobile devices which include smartphones and tablets must carry a minimum display resolution of 800 x 480 along with screen size ranging from 3inches to 7.99 inches. The device also requires at least 512 MB of RAM, a minimum storage space of 4GB and graphics that could at least support DirectX 9.

Also, as stated by Microsoft different screen resolutions will require different amounts of RAM. As if the lowest resolution of 800 x 480 would require 512 MB of RAM while on the other hand the highest resolution of 2,560 x 2,048 requires not less than 4GB of the same. See image to get detailed list.

Minimum Requirements For Pcs

As stated by Microsoft for PCs to support windows 10, they must carry screen sizes of at least 7 inches along with a minimum resolution of 800×600. While 32-bit version of windows 10 requires a ram of 1 GB along with at least 16 GB of free storage space, the 62-bit versions require a RAM of 2GB along with at least 20 GB of free storage space. With a processor of minimum 1 GHz, it also requires the pc to support DirectX 9 or later but with WDDM 1.0 driver.

Although 1 GHz processors are fine enough to run windows 10, but still it must support for PAE, NX, and SSE2. Here’s what they mean:-

PAE (Physical Address Extension) gives 32-bit processors the ability to use more than 4 GB of physical memory on capable versions of Windows, and is a prerequisite for NX.

NX (NX processor bit) helps your processor to guard the PC from attacks by malicious software.

SSE2 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 2) is a standard instruction set on processors that is increasingly used by third-party apps and drivers.

Well, if your processor doesn’t support any of these above stated features then you might need to rethink before installing Windows 10.

While the above stated specs are a must, but still Microsoft has issued a standard disclaimer that they’re may be some minor changes in them as and when the windows ships to market.

Which Version Upgrade Will You Get???

The upgrades so available on Windows 10 will keep the users on like-to-like editions of their last Windows. For example, if you are using Windows 7 Professional, your pc will upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Here is a list describing as to which version of Windows 10 existing Windows 7/8.1 users are entitled for:-

Windows 7 Starter > Windows 10 Home

Windows 7 Home Basic > Windows 10 Home

Windows 7 Home Premium > Windows 10 Home

Windows 7 Professional > Windows 10 Pro

Windows 7 Ultimate > Windows 10 Pro

Windows 8.1 > Windows 10 Home

Windows 8.1 with Bing > Windows 10 Home

Windows 8.1 Pro > Windows 10 Pro

Windows 8.1 Pro for Students > Windows 10 Pro

Windows Phone 8.1 > Windows 10 Mobile

Migration of Applications

When you will upgrade your pc to windows 10, most of your applications, files and settings will migrate along with it, however as per Microsoft there are some exceptions:-

  • During upgrade, Windows will check your Antivirus or Anti-malware Subscription. If your Anti-virus or Anti-malware subscription is current or active, the upgrade will save up your settings, while after upgrade, it will install the latest version available along with the settings that were set prior to upgrade. While if your subscription is already expired, then it will uninstall the application and will enable Windows defender.
  • Some applications that came from your OEM (original equipment manufacturer) may be removed prior to upgrade.
  • Microsoft has also designed the “Get Windows 10” app that will scan for application compatibility for third party applications and will notify you with a list of them that can’t be moved to your newer version. You can choose to accept and the applications will be removed from the system prior to upgrade.

Though Microsoft is providing free upgrade to windows 10 for windows 7, 8 ,8.1 users but the Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows RT/RT 8.1 and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise users are excluded from this list (only for free upgrade).