Preparing for the Windows 10 Upgrade: What Your PC Needs

Preparing for the Windows 10 Upgrade: What Your PC Needs

Any version of Windows just performs better on newer equipment. That's a given. But, with Windows 10 so close to its official upgrade rollout, you might be wondering if your old PC can work adequately with the upgrade. The last thing you want (and Microsoft wants) is to have a horrible experience with this reported fantastic new operating system.

Here's the minimum specs you need for the upgrade:

  • A PC running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update

  • A processor that is at least 1 GHz

  • Depending on your PC architecture: 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit

  • Also, depending your PC architecture: 16 GB of hard disk space for 32-bit or 20 GB of hard disk space for 64-bit

  • A graphics card that supports DirectX 9 or later with a WDDM 1.0 driver

  • A display that supports at least 800x600

Remember, these are minimum specs. If your PC doesn’t meet every one of these, it's time for a new PC. And, really, unless you bought a new computer in the last 3 years, it may be time to upgrade your hardware anyway.

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