Minimum System & Hardware requirements for Windows 10

Microsoft has updated its minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 in the interest of security. Microsoft has now made TPM 2.0 hardware-based security layer a requirement for Windows 10 smartphones, PCs, and tablets. The TPM 2.0 in the form of a firmware will provide an additional security to your PC with the cryptographic keys thereby protecting the sensitive data. TPM is also used to protect the virtual machines and secure software updates. Furthermore, BitLocker, the disk encryption system also uses TPM.

Windows 10 Hardware Requirements

windows 10 hardware requirements

Hardware requirements for Windows 10 Desktop Version

The hardware requirements for Windows 10 in desktop PC include 1 GHz or faster processor or SoC, 2 GB RAM, and at least one option for network connectivity. The Storage size requirements are 16 GB for 32-bit OS and 20 GB for 64-bit OS and the display requirements include a minimum diagonal display size of 7-inches or larger with SVGA resolution (800 x 600) or higher. There should be at least one video output port in the desktop PCs which is optional for other devices.

The required hardware buttons for Windows 10 in desktop edition include a power button, volume up/down button. Rotation lock button and start buttons are optional.

Hardware requirements for Windows 10 Mobile

The supported SoCs for Windows 10 Mobile includes MSM8994, MSM8992, MSM8952, MSM8909, MSM8208, and MSM8996. Devices must support a minimum of 16 levels of brightness and if the device has an ambient light sensor, it must support a reporting rate of ?4 Hz.

Required hardware buttons are- Start button, power button, volume up/down button, back and search buttons are required for phones that use a WVGA display.

Memory requirements are as follows-

  • 3GB RAM or greater for 2560 x 1440 (WQHD)
  • 2GB RAM or greater for 1920 x 1080 (FHD
  • 1GB RAM or greater for 960 x 540 (qHD), 1280 x 720 (HD/720p), 1280 x 768, 800 x 480 (WVGA) to
  • 854 x 480 (FWVGA)

Windows 10 Mobile devices must also include at least 8GB of non-removable flash storage of, SD card storage is optional, though. Most importantly, the device should have sufficient free space for future updates.

Before you upgrade your PC to Windows 10, do check if your machine can handle the new and upgraded operating system.

For full details, visit MSDN and learn more about the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10.

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