Windows 10: Do You Know The System Requirements?

Microsoft has already published the Windows 10 Technical Preview which is a great news for us. But, at the same time, it means that the Windows 10 will not be available unless the upgrade cycle of Windows extends into high gear further. Many of us are still in confusions thinking whether their existing hardware will help them to use Windows 10 or not. It’s acknowledgeable that technology can be confusing and Windows 10 may ask for some requirements. You need not worry about Windows 10 because Microsoft has already opened up the secret box about the requirements for the Windows 10. This article has discussed a bit about the basic requirements of that.

Is your PC running Windows 8.1? If it is, then you are good to go for it. If you don’t know about it whether your PC can run the Windows 8.1 or not then don’t worry. Because Windows will check your system properly to make sure it can install the Windows 10. What if, you are not using a Windows 8 or 8.1? How will you decide whether your hardware is compatible to run Windows10? Now here come the requirements of effectiveness and space of your computer’s hardware.

To run the Windows 10, here is what Microsoft says in its website:

  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB RAM for 64-bit
  • 16 GB free hard disk space for 32-bit or 20 GB free hard disk for 64-bit
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver as requirement for Graphics card
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access

Now, beyond the basics, there are some other things you need to be aware of. This is probably something if you pause the guidelines of Windows 8 or 8.1 and look at the processor’s guidelines.

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster processor with the support for (Physical Address Extension) PAE, Streaming SIMD Extensions 2) SSE2 and (NX Processor bit) NX

Without the support of PAE, SSE2 and NX, the windows 10 fun really comes to an end. So you need a processor that supports PAE, SSE2, and NX if want to run windows 10.

Now the question is what the PAE, SSE2, and NX mean? Microsoft has explained them like this way:

  • PAE, which is a prerequisite of NX, gives 32-bit processors the ability to use more than 4 Gigabytes of physical memory on a capable version of Windows.
  • SSE2 is nothing but a standard instruction set on the processor. This processor is increasingly used by third-party apps and drivers.
  • NX helps the processor guard the PC against the attacks of malicious software.

What about the new PC then? Just before hardware goes, we can expect Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEMs) to be shipping and then Windows 10 will ship on.

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