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What Are The Windows 10 System Requirements

Since the launch of Windows 10 in 2015, there were not any particular changings in the Windows 10 system requirements. But, the new update of Windows 10 in 2019 is coming with some changes that are unfamiliar with many folks.


Windows 10 System Requirements

There are these following Windows 10 systems requirements set by Microsoft. Here is the table outlining perfectly the details of all requirements.


Memory 1GB for the 32-bit version

2GB for the 64-bit version

Hard Disk Space For Windows 10 1809 and earlier:

  • 16 GB for the 32-bit version
  • 20 GB for the 64-bit version

For Windows 10 1903:

  • 32 GB or greater
CPU 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC that meet the following requirements:

  • CPU should be compatible with the x86 or x64 instruction set.
  • It should support PAE, NX, and SSE2.
  • CPU should support the CMPXCHG16b, LAHF/SAHF, and PrefetchW for 64-bit OS installation.
Screen Resolution 800 x 600 or greater
Graphics The Microsoft DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver is required.
Internet Connection High-speed non-disruptive connection for initial device setup and authentication.

Note: You first need to activate the Windows 10 with a genuine key. There are two versions (Windows 10 Home – Windows 10 Pro) for which Microsoft price for the key is variable.

Now get into the detail of each requirement to elaborate you more.


Memory Requirements

Random Access Memory (RAM) sometimes acts as the short-term memory and if your system has a little space then it will be snail-paced to load a file. Hence, Windows 10 system requirements want more memory to install with no disruption.


At times, it was enough to have 1GB or 2GB to run many functions in the earlier versions. But, if you still have this little space then you will run into a bottleneck to perform these functions at a time.


I would rather say that you can take advantage of your RAM for up to 4GB in the Windows 10 32 bit version. I suggest you have a minimum of 2GB but if you stretch it to 4GB, you will see a clear difference in the performance.


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Storage Space Requirements

The dilemma of this is that if you don’t have the specified requirements then you are unable to install Windows 10 in your system. You will need 16GB for the 32-bit version and 20GB for the 64-bit version of your system to install Windows 10 1809 or earlier (released in 2018).


If you want to install Windows 10 1903 (that is released in May 2019) then you need to have 32 GB or greater for any version.


Windows 10 System Requirements


CPU Requirements

Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the brain of your system which performs the main operations Windows 10 require to do. If your system has CPU that runs at 1GHz or even higher, it would not support Windows 10 in fast running.


Thus, you need to have a CPU that has not only faster frequency but has multiple cores as well. For instance, modern CPUs are dual-core or quad-core which are much better and fast than other CPUs. If you are a heavy user then you should go for the Octa-Core CPU.


Note: You should have a CPU not earlier than 2010 for better speed experience.

Screen Resolution Requirements

The windows 10 system requirements are not very stringent when it comes to screen resolution. Many PCs and monitors of the early 21st century handled 800 x 600. Keeping this in mind, Microsoft is quite flexible in setting screen resolution requirements.


But, I would suggest you have a great display resolution to see things far better than on other screens. You, then, will have more space to enjoy even the ends of the videos, websites, games, and other things.


Graphic Requirements

If you have a CPU earlier than 2010 then still you don’t have to worry about the graphic requirements. Many modern CPUs come with the compatible graphics core that is just enough to handle the Windows system requirements.


An add-in graphics card can also be used for gaming or long hour work purposes.


Note: Windows 10 graphics requirements are very much like Windows Vista 2006.

Internet Connection

The last but certainly one of the most important Windows 10 system requirements is having a constant internet connection. Nothing is complete without the internet these days and slow or disruptive internet connection is like slow killing.


If you don’t have a constant internet connection then the sizeable download limits are pretty enough for the necessary download and update of the Windows 10.

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