Now that we are waiting for release of Windows 10, let’s address the question regarding basic requirements for installing Windows 10. Fortunately, there is not much difference. Windows 10 minimum requirement is same as that of Windows 8.1, which is same as that of Windows 7, which is same as that of a Vista. Don’t be surprised. After the hue and cry created over the increased hardware requirement for installing Vista, Microsoft learned its lesson. Microsoft did a great job in keeping the hardware requirement low as possible, so that you don’t have to worry about buying new hardware to accommodate the latest OS.
Check the minimum requirement for Windows 8.1
In short, if you have a computer which is capable of running Vista flawlessly, you can install Windows 10. Practically though, if it’s a real old hardware, it may not have a processor with multiple cores or a faster RAM which may not be able to give you the desired performance.
For installing Windows 10, you need to have a microprocessor running at minimum 1 GHz. Faster the processing, better the performance. So do the presence of multiple cores can enhance the user experience.
Like its predecessor, Windows 10 also comes with 32 bit and 64 bit versions. For 32 bit version, you need a minimum of 1GB RAM and for 64 bit version you need 2GB RAM. This is just the minimum requirement, but if you need a better performance, double the amount of RAM to the minimum requirement. More the RAM, better the performance.
Note: If the Windows 10 installed is 32 bit, the maximum supported RAM is 4GB. With 64 bit, it can even support upto 128GB.
Hard disk space
Hard disk space for Windows 10 is the same as Windows 8. 32 bit versions needs a minimum of 16 GB free space and 64 bit needs 20 GB free space.
Note: Practically, I recommend installing Windows 10 on a hard disk partition of 100 GB. Over a period of time, there will be updates released for Windows 10 and you may also install additional softwares on top of it. 100 GB free space in primary partition should keep your computer running for couple of years without having to reconfigure the drive space.
To get a better performance, you can use SSD drives to install Windows 10. This can help you boot Windows 10 in as little as 10 sec.
Monitor and Graphics
Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft’s OS is designed with more support for touch screen. So if you have a monitor supporting touch screen, it is going to work perfectly with Windows 10. A screen resolution of at least 1024 * 768 is recommended.
Regarding graphics card, it supports minimum Direct X 9 graphics card with WDDM driver.
Internet Connection and Microsoft account
For installing Windows 10, you need an active internet connection for installing Windows updates and log into Microsoft user account. You can create a new Microsoft account at the time of installation, but I recommend creating an account in advance other than from the installation window.
Windows 10 Minimum Requirements:
- 1GHz or faster processor
- 1GB RAM for 32bit, 2 GB RAM for 64bit
- 16 GB HDD free space (32 bit), 20 GB HDD free space (64 bit)
- Direct X 9.0 with WDDM or more compatible graphics card
Additional Windows 10 Requirements:
- To use touch screen, a tablet or monitor which supports multitouch
- To download and run Apps from Windows Store, an active internet connection and screen resolution of minimum 1024 x 768
- To snap Apps, a screen resolution of 1366 x 768
At the time of writing, Windows 10 is in beta stage. If there is any change or update regarding the minimum requirement, it will be updated here.