Windows 10 will not run on this PC

If when you run the Get Windows 10 compatibility checker app, you receive a message that Windows 10 will not run on this PC, then this post will help you identify the possible causes and suggest some solutions.

Windows 10 will not run on this PC

Windows 10 will not run on this PC

The message will also state:

Unfortunately Windows 10 cannot be installed on this PC. Would you like to shop for new PCs online? Here’s why Window 10 can’t be installed on this PC.

The possible reasons given could be:

  1. The CPU isn’t supported
  2. Mobile Inter (R) 945 Express Chipset Family may give problems
  3. Parallels Display Adapter (WDDM) isn’t supported
  4. VMWare SVGA 3D is unsupported
  5. And so on.

Read: Windows 10 Hardware Requirements.

Broadly speaking, if your PC can run Windows 8.1, you’re good to go. But if when you run the Windows 10 Device & App Compatibility checker on your computer, you receive this message, here are a few thinks you could check:

1] Check if your PC meets Windows 10 System Requirements. Particularly, your Processor must be 1 GHz or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2

Physical Address Extension (PAE), NX processor bit (NX), and Streaming SIMD Extensions 2 (SSE2) are features of the processor, and they’re needed to run Windows 10. 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.

If your PC doesn’t support PAE, NX, and SSE2, you won’t be able to install Windows 10. Also check if your OEM computer really ready for Windows 10.

2] Ensure that all your device drivers are up-to-date.

3] Consult a hardware technician and see if you need to and if it is possible to upgrade some component.

4] Check out this checklist for smooth installation of Windows 10.

5] If you made any changes to your system, run the Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser manually again if you need to.

The upgradeability of a device has factors beyond the system specification. This includes driver and firmware support, application compatibility, and feature support, regardless of whether or not the device meets the minimum system specification for Windows 10. It will take some time for some OEMs to provide compatible drivers for the existing drivers. If your computer cannot straight away upgrade to Windows 10, contact your computer manufacturer to download the latest drivers or to know if they will be providing compatible device drivers for the new operating system.

If you need additional information, you can check out the Windows 10 FAQ and Windows 10 Known Issues, Problems and Solutions.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.