Windows 10 is the latest OS released by Microsoft for its PC and Laptop portfolio, and if reports are to be believed, this will be the last named upgrade for the OS family. Since its release, the company has been encouraging people to switch to the new OS, and they also have made the upgrade free of charge if you are running a legal copy of Windows on your PC/laptop.
However, the question here is – “Can ALL Windows PCs upgrade to windows 10?”
The answer runs on two levels –
Number 1 – Depending on your OS version
Now, if you are running an OS that is older than Windows XP, then you should just buy yourself a new Windows PC, period. There is a very high chance that your PC will have nowhere near the minimum requirements, so just go ahead and get that total change.
If you have a PC that runs Windows XP or Vista, you can download the ISO file from the Microsoft website and install the OS using the boot media (USB or CD).
If you have a PC that runs Windows 7 or 8.1, you can just upgrade via the OTA (over the air) update that is seeding via Microsoft. Alternatively, you can also download the ISO file as mentioned above, create a boot media and install the Windows 10 OS that way.
Number 2. Depending on the Hardware
Earlier in this article, we mentioned the minimum specifications, and its true. Microsoft has actually prescribed a list of minimum requirements that your PC needs to have in order to run Windows 10. Here is the lst for your reference –
- Processor – 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- RAM – 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
- Hard Drive Space – 16 GB for 32-bit OS 32 GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics Card – DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display Resolution – 800 x 600
If your PC has these specifications, you can run Windows 10, but keep in mind, you cannot necvessarily squeeze out the full potential of the new OS at the minimum level.
The best solution therefore, if to buy a new Windows 10 PC/Laptop rather than updating a PC with minimum specifications.
But, if a new device is not in your plans, you can still perform the upgrade to Windows 10 as long as you have a PC that runs a legal copy of Windows and has at least the minimum specifications.