Windows 10 Minimum System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 2:00 PM
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Microsoft confirmed earlier today Windows 10 will be launching worldwide this summer, and all of us who've got copies of Windows 7 or 8 will be offered free upgrades when it arrives. In addition to the all the tweaks and changes we've come to expect from a new operating system, it's the inclusion of DirectX 12 support that's of most interest to gamers. 

Of course the key thing with any new operating system is making sure your PC's up to scratch, so read on to check out Microsoft's official minimum system requirements needed for Windows 10. 

Windows 10 32-bit Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 32-bit
  • CPU: Pentium 4 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1600+ 1.4 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce 6500 or Radeon HD 2100
  • HDD: 16GB available space
  • DX: DirectX 9
  • Resolution: At least 800x600 resolution monitor, 1024x768 to run Windows Store apps.

Windows 10 64-bit Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Pentium Dual Core E2180 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB System Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 230 or AMD Radeon HD 4650
  • HDD: 20GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 9
  • Resolution: At least 800x600 resolution monitor, 1024x768 to run Windows Store apps.

Being designed to work on mobile devices as well as desktops, Windows 10 is predictably extremely lightweight on hardware demands. The hardware requirements for Windows 10 are much the same Windows 8; the only thing to watch out for iss the slightly added demands if you want a 64-bit systems. Obviously a 64-bit processor is a must, which any PC bought in the last five years should almost definitely have, as well as a doubling of memory demands to 2GB. This is the absolute minimum required for Windows 10 though, so if you're planning on having a lot of windows and activity going on at once your system may begin to slow down.

If you can run Windows 7 or Windows 8 fine then you won't have any problems running Windows 10. Computing power has far exceeded operating system demands in recent years, with Windows 10 optimised for use in tablets, mobile devices, and behind the scenes on the Xbox One.  

What do you make of the Windows 10 system requirements? Surprised by how light the demands are? 

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13:49 Apr-22-2015

Windows 10 64-bit Minimum System Requirements:
OS: Windows 10 64-bit...
Lies its Windows 7, 8, 8.1

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18:32 Mar-26-2015

So, basically, not much more than a working PC. Great.

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03:24 Mar-21-2015

So.. if your computer's a toaster you can't run 32 bit

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18:35 Mar-19-2015

Cant wait for this OS.

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15:01 Mar-19-2015

Just to clear some things up about Windows 10! They are saying Windows 7+ will have a free upgrade for a year!


Meaning: You will have Windows 10 for free, for a year. After the year you will have to purchase the OS! Please understand!

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21:37 Mar-19-2015

No, it means you have WITHIN 365 days to upgrade to the OS or you're flat out paying for it. See here. :3

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13:07 Mar-19-2015

yes i can write comments again

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13:02 Mar-19-2015

Wow Athlon XP 1600+ is soo old, released in 2001. No PAE, SSE2 and NX bit

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11:01 Mar-19-2015

Can i upgrade from my current Win 8.1 64 bit to Win 10 for free??

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11:03 Mar-19-2015

Sure you can ^^ I wish i just knew what the size of the download will be

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11:11 Mar-19-2015

thnx for the info!!!

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13:52 Apr-22-2015

Around 4.5 gb i guess

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07:53 Mar-19-2015

What is the benifits of using a 64bit over a 32bit Operating System?

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08:06 Mar-19-2015

speed, stability, no more 4gb RAM limit...and of fourse, you can run such beautiful x64 games.

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11:34 Mar-19-2015

Is there actually any reason to choose 32bit?

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12:14 Mar-19-2015

many drivers for older hardware devices do not support 64bit OSes

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13:17 Mar-19-2015

Older programs are likely to not be compatible with 64bit OSs as well. I can't play Chip's Challenge anymore because it's 16bit.

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11:54 Mar-20-2015

Aww I love Chip's Challenge.. Well thankfully still have my 486 Win 3.11 & PII Win 98SE comps hanging around xD

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07:37 Mar-19-2015

I am extremely glad that i will run it for free because i have Geniune Windows 8.1.I just want it not to have probloms like Windows Vista and Windows 8 and 8.1 had.Best of luck Microsoft.

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06:05 Mar-19-2015

The GPU requirements for the 64-bit version seem really high. Like, REALLY high. To put in into perspective, no intel GPU either than the Iris line can run windows 10 apparently.

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03:12 Mar-19-2015

Can I run professional 64-bit on ultra or do I have to take my res down to 800x600 and go minimum ;) In all seriousness Im really exited for DirectX 12 and what that means for gaming/performance :D

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03:15 Mar-19-2015

Right behind you... But I'm gonna wait like.. 2 months after release to see how it is.. I have 365 days to download it so :D

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01:18 Mar-19-2015

What settings and how many frames per second?

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08:08 Mar-19-2015

ultra @ 1/4 fps

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13:15 Mar-19-2015

.25 frames a second? Ah, that's a pity. Maybe if I bump it down to medium settings I can get one frame a second.

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23:17 Mar-18-2015

still a bit confused...
is it subscription based OS?
i cant really see this being released "no strings attached"


please correct me if im wrong :)

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08:10 Mar-19-2015

yeah after 1 year we need to open the wallet...

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13:07 Mar-25-2015

Lets put it this way, Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 upgrades for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users for free within a year after release date. After the year is up, any PC that doesn't have 10 on it will have to pay.

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22:31 Mar-18-2015

Man this year is going to be gr8. AMD HBM card. DX12. Free windows 10. Witcher 3 (PS4), GTA 5 on pc, Just cause 3, Quantum Break and many more. Super Hyped :D

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09:31 Mar-19-2015

I know right! GTA V with all the above should be interesting

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20:54 Mar-18-2015

WOooooo!! :D im 64-bit ready ^u^!!


Requires e2180, and I got e5200 :)!
Im sick of this stupid windows 7 32 bit O_e...
Dont try to tell me my pc isn't good enough for games 64 bit or not, its not just games XD... minecraft wont let me allocate more than 1gb RAM, I cannot use MC-edit because its 64 bit only...

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22:42 Mar-18-2015

It has nothing to do with your PC not being good enough, if you only have the 32-bit version of Windows installed then you're limited to the capabilities of that version.


The question is, why would you not just reinstall and use the upgrade version to bring it up to the 64-bit version? If you aren't sure how to do that, a simple Google search gets the answers easily enough.

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20:16 Mar-18-2015

Can't wait for direct x12 the performance boost will be awesome :D

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20:02 Mar-18-2015

i'm sorry i wont have that.


Pentium 4 1.8Ghz is impossible and i'll tell you why. Windows 8.1 already had a requirement for the NX bit feature. Guess what? It's only available on 3rd gen P4's and anything as old or newer.


If you wanted to say single core 1.8ghz, what would be wrong in saying Intel Atom 1.8Ghz? Or Celeron 430? Both around the same as a 2.93GHz 3rd gen Pentium 4 which is the actual minimum requirement in terms of age.

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