Does My Computer Support Windows 10?


Windows 10 released on July 29, 2015 as the successor of Windows 8. It is one of the most famous and widely used Operating System among its long running Windows hierarchy. By 2018 it had 600 million licensed users; making it the most widely used Operating System ever. Microsoft had planned a target user base of 1 billion, which does not seem far-fetched in anyway.

The latest OS has even floored the critics, who were all praises for Microsoft for its universal Metro-style application approach. What Microsoft planned with Windows 8, they delivered with Windows 10. The OS, is kind of all-in-one and can be used on various devices like your Laptop, PC, and even tablets.

Microsoft initiated this approach with Windows 8, but failed miserably. The reason for a universal application is to compete with Google’s OS. Windows 10 also became the first among its long list of OS softwares to provide live updates and features for majority of applications and Security features. However the most common queries we receive regarding the Windows 10 is whether user computer supports Windows 10?

We at Computer Technical Support, receives various queries and complaints on wide range of issues. However, the one prominent and frequently asked query is “Does my computer support Windows 10?”. The simple answer is, if you were able to run Windows 8.1 on your PC, you are good to go. If you were using any other version of Windows before 8.1, you people need not worry either, as Microsoft has put forth the pre-requirements for your PC to be able to run Windows 10.

I will discuss a few tests and troubleshooting methods to see whether your PC is compatible. So follow these methods carefully. You can reach us at our Computer Technical Support for any kind of Computer related issues, be it hardware or software, or learned technicians will help you get a quick resolution.

How to confirm whether your computer supports Windows 10?

As I mentioned earlier, if you were able to run Windows 8.1 on your computer, your PC can surely run Windows 10. For all those who were not having Windows 8.1, they can verify the following hardware requirements. If your PC fulfils these criteria, then you can install Windows 10 on your PC.

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Free hard disk space: 16 GB
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
● A Microsoft account and Internet access

If you look at the mentioned specifics, you will realise its similar to Windows 7 that lies in the processor technology required to run Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. In order to run the latest Windows 10 on your PC, the processor must be 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2. I know you must be wondering what these PAE, NX and SSE2 mean? Well, Microsoft has the answer for you.

  • PAE gives 32-bit processors the ability to use more than 4 GB of physical memory on capable versions of Windows, and is a prerequisite for NX.
  • NX helps your processor guard the PC from attacks by malicious software.
  • SSE2 is a standard instruction set on processors that is increasingly used by third-party apps and drivers.

So how can a normal layman without the technical knowledge can determine what these things mean or how to determine whether their processor supports all these mentioned terms. Let us do some testing to find it out.

Testing your Processor to see whether it supports Windows 10?

Here, we will test the Processor through some utility application provided by Microsoft. This application will tell you whether your computer supports Windows 10 or not? So follow the mentioned instructions carefully.

  • Download the Windows 8/ Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant on your PC. The application will let you know whether your Processor is competent enough to install Windows 10. This will save you the time and Storage space for Windows 10 file.
  • You can also make use of third-party applications like CPU-Z, which tells you every possible detail about your PC hardware. Be it processor speeds, number of cores, speed of each core and what not.
  • Cpu-z application will tell you whether your processor supports NX, SSE2 as well as PAE. If the application shows the support then you are good to go.

What If my Computer Doesn’t Support Windows 10? Is there a way to use it?

The answer is Yes, if your PC supports hardware acceleration and Virtualization, then you can create a dummy OS within your main OS of the PC. There are plenty of software tools available in the market which allows you to run multiple virtual OS on your PC, without the basic requirements Software applications like Vmware, Virtual PC or Virtualbox, are free to download online. Install any of these software applications on your current PC with virtualization support and then you can run Windows 10 virtually using the application..

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