What are the minimum Windows 10 Requirements?

As of the end of 2017, more than 600 million machines were running Windows 10. Also, Apple has revealed that Windows 10 is four times more popular than the Mac.

If you are ready to make the move and see what all the hype is about, one of the first things you need to do is determine the PC specifications for Windows 10. After all, if your computer won't support it, what's the point in making the investment?

Here you can learn about the minimum specifications to run Windows 10, and how to get the most out of this operating system.

Can Windows 10 be used on a server?

Before we get started with the windows 10 system requirements, it's important to understand that Windows 10 is not a server operating system and should not be used on any server hosted in a data center. Windows Server 2019 would be our recommendation for a server OS.

Windows 10 System Requirements

The system requirements for Windows 10 are fairly modest. Here are the minimum requirements for Windows 10:

  • Processor: 1 GHz (or higher)
  • RAM: 1 GB for 32 bit OS or 2 GB for 64 bit OS
  • Free space: 16 GB hard disk space (or more)
  • Graphics card: The Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics with the WDDM driver

To make it simple, if your PC is able to run Windows 8.1, you're good to go. If you aren't sure, don't worry. Windows can actually check your system to ensure the program is compatible.

Additional Requirements

If you are a tech-trivia fanatic, then you may realize that the specs listed above are exactly the same as Windows 7.

However, before you celebrate - there is a "gotcha" to be aware of. If you look at the specs for Windows 8 and 8.1 you will notice the processor specs:

  • 1 GHz or faster with support for SSE2, NX, and PAE

If you want to run Windows 10, you have to have a processor that supports SSE2, NX, and PAE. If you don't have this, then your Windows 10 fun will be short-lived.

Recommended System Requirements

The information above is the absolute minimum requirements you must have to begin running and using Windows 10.

However, if you want to get the most of what this operating system has to offer, there are additional specs you should know.

For the best performance possible you need:

  • 2GHz Dual Core CPU
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 60 GB SSD disk space

Are Your PC Specifications Up to Par?

Before trying to use Windows 10, or making an investment for this OS, you should make sure that your PC meets the required specifications. To do this automatically, use the Windows 8/8.1 Upgrade Assistant.

You can contact our team for help selecting the right Windows server for your needs. We can answer any questions you may have. You can also visit our blog, to find topics such as how to secure your Windows server and other helpful tech topics.

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