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If you need to install Windows 10 on a new PC, or maybe you are trying to repurpose that old machine you have stored in the garage for the past couple of years, then you need to make sure it is capable of running Microsoft’s Windows 10 before attempting to install it and get it up and running.
Below you are going to find all the information you need as to whether your trusty old PC is up to scratch. Windows 10 is going to be around with us until 2025 at least so there is no point in holding off until Windows 11. PLus if you have Windows 10 installed you will be entitled to a free upgrade to WIndows 11 for the first year of it’s life, so it is definitely worth getting it up and running smoothly sooner rather than later.
If you need to see the system requirements for WIndows 11, then you can check up with PC Guide at that link also.
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
|1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit|
|16 GB for 32-bit OS 32 GB for 64-bit OS|
|DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver|
Internet connectivity is necessary to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. Windows 10 Pro in S mode, Windows 10 Pro Education in S mode, Windows 10 Education in S mode and Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode require an internet connection during the initial device setup (Out of Box Experience or OOBE), as well as either a Microsoft account (MSA) or Azure Activity Directory (AAD) account. Switching a device out of Windows 10 in S mode also requires internet connectivity. Learn more about S mode here.
Microsft’s Windows 10 page also tells us we need to bear the following system requirements in mind in order for some features to work correctly.
In addition to the requirements above that are needed to run Windows, some features have additional requirements. In some cases, features included with updated versions of Windows 10 will be best experienced with newer processors. For specific hardware support please refer to your Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Below are some additional details regarding requirements for key features: