Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video System requirements, part of Migrating from Windows 8 and 8.1 to Windows 10.
- Before you can even think of upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 8 or 8.1, you'll want to ensure your computer meets the system requirements to run Windows 10. Let's talk about some of them now. First of all, the processor in your computer will need to be at least 1 gigahertz. Preferably faster. Also, you'll need some random access memory. A full gigabyte if you're on a 32-bit machine. If you're on a 64-bit machine, you're going to need 2 gigabytes of RAM. Also, you'll need some space on your hard drive.
16 gigabytes of free space, minimum, on a 32-bit PC. Once again, if you're on a 64-bit PC, you'll need at least 20 gigabytes of free hard disk space. Also, you'll need a graphics card that is DirectX 9 or later compatible with WDDM 1.0 driver installed. Your display is going to need to be at least 800 by 600, preferably 1024 by 600. Lastly, your operating system needs to be Windows 8.1 with the most recent updates.
If you haven't even upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 yet you'll have to do that first. Then, you'll need the most recent updates to be able to upgrade to Windows 10.