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Can Your PC Handle A Windows 10 Upgrade?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Windows 10

When Windows 10 is released later this year, people with Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 installed on their PCs will be eligible for a free upgrade to the latest operating system.  The question many are asking is, can my PC handle the upgrade?

Let’s take a look at the system requirements.

The good news for Windows 8.1 users is that if your PC can run that system, Microsoft says, “you’re good to go.”

But what does that mean for Windows 7 users?  According to Microsoft, you’ll need to meet the following requirements.

Processor: 1 gigahertz or faster.

RAM: 1 gigabyte (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

To find out about your processor speed and RAM, go to your Control Panel, choose System and Maintenance or System and Security and then System.

Click view amount of RAM and processor speed.


Here you can see that the RAM and processor speed on the Windows 7 computer I am using can support an upgrade.


Now, this doesn’t guarantee that your particular PC will upgrade from Windows 7.  Microsoft points out that some older 64-bit CPUs, some 32GB and all 16 GB device running a compressed OS won’t work with 10.

Graphics Card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver. If your graphics card was made in the past 10 years, it should probably be fine.

Since the final version of Windows 10 isn’t available yet, none of this is final. We’ll keep you updated.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “Can Your PC Handle A Windows 10 Upgrade?”

  1. greg says:

    I have a question I am still running Vista Ultimate will I have any problems upgrading to 10

    • cynthia says:

      If your computer meets the specifications in the article, you shouldn’t have a problem using Windows 10. However, you won’t be eligible for the free upgrade to 10. That’s only for users of 7, 8 and 8.1.

  2. […] Also, your PC will have to meet the technical requirements to run Windows 10. […]

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