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How to Check if your PC supports Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 10


Virtual Reality shields the user from the real physical world, while delivering an immersive virtual world. Augmented Reality doesn’t block users from the real world, hence the experience is not as immersive.

Mixed Reality (previously called "Windows Holographic") blends virtual and augmented reality into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact. It is a platform in Windows 10 designed to power a range of VR and AR devices, which includes the HoloLens.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17686, several improvements have been included for Windows Mixed Reality users:
  • This build no longer requires a physical monitor to be connected while running Mixed Reality in cases such as backpack PCs. Setting up WMR for the first time in Mixed Reality Portal and unlocking the PC on the sign in screen still, require a monitor to be connected initially. However, you can configure auto login to prevent needing to sign in for subsequent usage here. Using Windows Mixed Reality while standing requires setting up a room boundary.
  • Apps running in Windows Mixed Reality can now make use of the Camera Capture UI API to capture images of the mixed reality world using the system capture experience. Try running Mail in the Cliff House and inserting an image from your camera in a new message to share an image of the scenic view.
  • Microsoft also made some adjustments to the mixed reality video capture experience in this build to make it easier to stop videos from the Start menu.

This tutorial will show you how to check if your Windows 10 PC supports Windows Mixed Reality.

Windows Mixed Reality PC hardware guidelines

Windows Mixed Reality Minimum PC hardware guidelines

Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs Windows Mixed Reality PCs
Operating System Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (RS3) - Home, Pro, Business, Education
Processor Intel Core i5 4590 (4th generation), quad core (or better)

AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz (desktop), quad core (or better)
Intel Core i5 7200U (7th generation mobile), dual core with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enabled (or better)
RAM 8GB DDR3 (or better) 8GB DDR3 dual channel (or better)
Free disk space At least 10 GB
Graphics Card Compatible GPUs:


  • NVidia Geforce GTX 1060 or greater DX12-capable discrete GPU
  • AMD Radeon RX 470/570 or greater DX12-capable discrete GPU
Compatible GPUs:


  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 or greater DX12-capable integrated GPU
  • Nvidia MX150 discrete GPU
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 discrete GPU
  • Nvidia 965M discrete GPU
  • AMD Radeon RX 460/560

Note: older Intel GPUs such as HD Graphics 4xx, 5xx, 2xxx, 3xxx, 4xxx, 5xxx, and 6xxx are not supported.
Graphics Driver Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2 Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2
Graphics display port HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2
Monitor External or integrated VGA (800x600) monitor External or integrated VGA (800x600) monitor
USB connectivity USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C
Bluetooth connectivity (for motion controllers) Bluetooth 4.0
Expected headset framerate 90 Hz 60 Hz

EXAMPLE: Mixed Reality Blends the Physical and Virtual Worlds





Here's How:

1. If you haven't already, you will need to download and install the free Windows Mixed Reality PC Check app by Microsoft from the Store. (see screenshot below)

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2. Run the Windows Mixed Reality PC Check app. (see screenshots below)

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3. Click/tap on I agree to start the compatibility check. (see screenshot below)

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4. When finished with the check, it will let you know if any changes are needed for your PC to be compatible. (see screenshots below)

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That's it,
Shawn