As you likely know by now (especially if you’re reading this), Windows 10, Microsoft’s next major operating system (OS), is due out in just a few more days. But if you’re not going to buy a brand-new computer to get Windows 10, you’ll be putting it on a computer that already has some version of Windows, whether it’s (shudder) Windows XP, Windows Vista (highly unlikely), Windows 7 or Windows 8. How do you know, though, if your current laptop or desktop will be able to handle Windows 10?
The place to start is with Microsoft’s Windows 10 Specifications page. Remember that not every computer will be able to handle Windows 10’s requirements. If you have a computer running Windows 7 or newer, it’s likely that it will be able to run Windows 10, but that’s no guarantee, either. Read on to find out if your present PC can handle it.
Here are the basic specs your computer will need to have, according to Microsoft:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 800×600
How do you know if your computer meets these standards? For Windows 8/8.1, I’ve written a how-to on where to find that information.
In Windows 7, follow this sequence: Click the Start button/Control Panel/System and Security/System. At the top of that window, it should say “View basic information about your computer.” It gives you information about what OS you’re running, and which Service Pack (assuming you have one).