Windows 10: Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 for phones and desktops

  1. Posts : 29,288
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
       18 Mar 2015 #1

    Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 for phones and desktops

    At the WinHEC conference in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft has revealed the minimum hardware requirements needed to successfully boot, run, update and service Windows 10. The hardware maker has shared details for desktops as well as Windows 10 for phones....

    ...New hardware from Intel include the 14nm Cherry Trail-based Atom processors, as well as the upcoming Skylake architecture for desktops. The entry-level Atom x3 which was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month will also be compatible with Windows 10. AMD's processor additions are in the form of the Carrizo and Carrizo-L, which are aimed at desktops and notebooks respectively.

    For desktop, 16GB internal memory and 1GB RAM are the minimum hardware requirements needed to run the 32-bit edition of Windows 10, while the 64-bit variant requires 20GB storage and 2GB RAM. In adition to listing the hardware requirements, Microsoft has also announced a Windows 10 compatibility program for OEMs and partners.
    Read more: Microsoft sheds light on minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 for phones and desktops | Windows Central

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  2.    18 Mar 2015 #1

    That's interesting -- but if MS does require UEFI firmware on desktops to upgrade them to Win10, that will pretty much prevent ALL the Win7 users from upgrading to Win10 because UEFI wasn't available when Win7 came out.

    I know they don't require this now, as I am running Win10TP on a non-UEFI desktop -- and am NOT going to go out and buy a new desktop just to get UEFI to run Win10 when it goes into production.
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  3. Posts : 8,874
    Windows 10 Home x64 Windows 10 Prox64
       18 Mar 2015 #2

    Ya. Same here. Desktop will be running 7 just fine if that's the case. I'll upgrade when I originally planned.
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  4. Posts : 11,771
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       18 Mar 2015 #3

    My take is the it is just showing that uefi is required for secure boot, same thing with W8. W10 will not require it in my opinion.
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  5. Posts : 8,874
    Windows 10 Home x64 Windows 10 Prox64
       18 Mar 2015 #4

    You are probably right, I dont think they want to eliminate a
    large portion of the consumer population. I can see them
    disabling features on the hopes that people will find them
    compelling enough to upgrade.
    I know were I work we would have to upgrade every
    computer. But then again, we only switched to Windows 7
    a few years ago. I also know not one has a uefi motherboard.
    Dont think we will be buying 400 desktops and laptops, free os
    or not.
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