Understand Hardware Requirements for Windows 10
If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 from your current operating system, your computer probably won’t complain. Windows 10 should run without problem on any PC currently running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. (In fact, the upgrade is free.)
If your PC runs Windows Vista or Windows XP, it may still run Windows 10, but not very well and upgrading is not recommended.
If you have a technogeek in your family, have him or her translate the following table, which shows the Windows 10 hardware requirements you can find written in the fine‐print for new computers.
|Architecture||x86 (32-bit)||x86 (64-bit)|
|Processor||1 GHz or faster|
|Memory (RAM)||At least 1GB||At least 2GB|
|Graphics Card||DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model
|HDD free space||16GB|
|Firmware||Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) 2.3.1 with secure
In common language, the table simply says that nearly any computer sold in the past five years can be upgraded to Windows 10 with little problem.
Windows 10 runs nearly any program that runs on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. It even runs some Windows XP programs as well. Some older programs, however, won’t work, including most security‐based programs, such as antivirus, firewall, and security suites. You’ll need to contact the program’s manufacturer for an upgraded version.
Don’t know what version of Windows runs on your current PC? If clicking the Start button brings a Start menu, right‐click the menu’s Computer entry, and choose Properties. The screen that appears lists your Windows version.
If there’s no Start button, you’re running Windows 8. And if clicking your Start button fills the screen with a bunch of colorful tiles, you’re running Windows 8.1.