Will My PC Run Windows 10?

All support for Windows 7 has now ended, meaning there will be no security or stability updates issued in the future.  If you have an older PC though, how do you know if it’ll run Windows 10, or if you’ll just need to invest in a new computer?

There is no upgrade checker program you can run on your Windows 7 PC to check, but this doesn’t mean it’s not possible to get a very good idea.

To start with, if the PC is more than four years old, it’s going to be less likely able to run Windows 10 well.  If it’s six years old the chance gets worse, still and if the PC is eight years old it likely won’t be able to run Windows 10 at all.  If this is the case you’d need to invest in a new computer.

From the Windows 7 desktop, open the Start Menu and right-click on Computer.  From the context menu that appears, click Properties.

The window that appears will tell you what processor you have, how much memory you have in your PC, and whether you are running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.

Microsoft specify the minimum specifications for running Windows 10 on their own website as…

Processor – 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit 
Hard Drive Space –
16 GB for 32-bit OS 32 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics Card –
DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Display –
800 x 600

If you in any doubt, or if your computer is older, then it’s probably more likely that upgrading to Windows 10 won’t work for you.  This could be for several reasons, chief among these being that older hardware devices are often not supported with up to date, Windows 10, drivers.  This means that there could be hardware in your PC that will just never work.

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