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Here’s an overview of requirements, editions, and languages
available for Windows 10.
If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC or tablet, here’s
the minimum hardware you’ll need. Read further below to learn about
the additional factors that impact upgradeability. For more
information about the free upgrade offer1, please visit the Windows
10 Upgrade page for details.
Make sure you are running the latest version of either Windows 7
SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
Don’t know which version you are running? Check here to find out.
Need to download the latest version? Click here for Windows 7 SP1
or Windows 8.1 Update.
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space:
16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Windows 10 Home users will receive updates from Windows Update
automatically when it’s available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10
Enterprise users will have the ability to postpone updates. The
amount of time that Windows 10 Pro users can postpone updates is
Small storage devices, like devices with 32GB hard drives or older
devices with full hard drives, may need additional storage to
complete the upgrade. You'll see instructions during the upgrade
telling you what to do. You may need to either remove unneeded
files from your device, or insert a USB flash drive to complete the
Some devices with either little free space available or smaller
hard drives, like 32 GB storage PCs, may have little free space
available after upgrading. You may free up disk space and easily
delete files like temporary files or your previous version of
Windows within the Storage system setting. Files for the previous
version of Windows give you the option to remove Windows 10 and go
back to your previous version of Windows. These files are
automatically deleted a month after you upgrade. To free up space,
you can delete them now.
An internet connection is required to perform the upgrade. Windows
10 is a large file -- about 3 GB -- and Internet access (ISP) fees
To check for device compatibility and other important installation
information, visit your device manufacturer’s website. Manufacturer
contact information can be found on the Contact Information page.
The upgradeability of a device includes 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.
Support may vary by device. Find more information on the Windows
If your PC or tablet is currently running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows
8.1 Update, you can check to see if it meets the requirements by
using ‘Check my PC’ in the Get Windows 10 app. To open the Get
Windows 10 app, click on the small Windows icon found at the right
end of the taskbar. If you don’t see it, visit our Windows 10
Q&A page for more info.
Many applications, files, and settings will migrate as part of the
upgrade. However, some applications or settings may not migrate.
For anti-malware applications, Windows will check to see if your
anti-malware subscription is current (not expired) and compatible
during the upgrade.
If the anti-malware application is compatible and current, your
application will be preserved during the upgrade to Windows 10.
If the anti-malware application is incompatible, Windows will
uninstall your application while preserving your settings. After
upgrade is complete, if your anti-malware provider has informed
Microsoft that it has made a compatible version available for your
active subscription, Windows will notify you to install the latest
version available with the settings that were set prior to upgrade.
If your anti-malware subscription is not current (expired), Windows
will uninstall your application and enable Windows Defender.
Some applications that came from your OEM may be removed prior to
For certain third party applications, the "Get Windows 10" app will
scan for application compatibility. If there is a known issue that
will prevent the upgrade, you will be notified of the list of
applications with known issues. You can choose to accept and the
applications will be removed from the system prior to upgrade.
Please be sure to copy the list before you accept the removal of
Microsoft Family Safety child users with local accounts (accounts
tied to the machine) will not have their safety settings migrated
to Windows 10 during the upgrade. This means that after the upgrade
to Windows 10 is complete, parents would need to setup safety
settings for the child user along with a Microsoft account if they
do not have one. To find out more about the changes, visit the FAQ
If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows
7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro
with Media Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center
will be removed. For a limited time (the “eligible period”), on
systems upgraded to Windows 10 from one of these older versions of
Windows (a “qualified system”), a DVD playback app (“Windows DVD
Player”) will be installed. Note: the Windows DVD Player may not be
installed immediately; it will be installed after the first
successful Windows Update. The Windows DVD Player will be available
for purchase from the Window Store for systems that (i) are
qualified systems but the eligible period lapsed; (ii) are
non-qualified systems; or (iii) were qualified systems but Windows
10 was subsequently clean installed (in this case, Windows Update
cannot detect that it was previously a qualified system).
MDM functionality will not be available in Windows 10 Home edition
when Windows 10 is released.
Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing
Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on
Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10
upgrade. Microsoft has released our version of Solitaire and
Minesweeper called the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and
If you have a floppy drive, you will need to download the latest
driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer’s website.
If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the
OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version
OneDrive does not support placeholder files in Windows 10. Windows
8.1 displayed placeholders for files available in OneDrive but not
locally on the device. In Windows 10, users can choose which
folders to sync from OneDrive settings.
Snap is limited to 2 apps in Tablet Mode.
Additional requirements to use certain features
Cortana is only currently available on Windows 10 for the United
States, United Kingdom, China, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain.
Speech recognition will vary by device microphone. For a better
speech experience, you will need a:
High fidelity microphone array
Hardware driver with microphone array geometry exposed
Windows Hello requires specialized illuminated infrared camera for
facial recognition or iris detection, or a finger print reader
which supports the Window Biometric Framework. Windows Hello with
an Intel® RealSense™ (F200) camera requires a software update to
work on Windows 8.1 devices after upgrading to Windows 10. This
update is expected to be available soon.
Continuum is available on all Windows 10 desktop editions by
manually turning “tablet mode” on and off through the Action
Center. Tablets and 2-in-1s with GPIO indicators or those that have
a laptop and slate indicator will be able to be configured to enter
“tablet mode” automatically.
Continuum for phones limited to select premium phones at launch.
External monitor must support HDMI input. Continuum-compatible
accessories sold separately. App availability and experience varies
by device and market. Office 365 subscription required for some
Music and video streaming through the Music or Movies & TV apps
is not available in all regions. For the most up-to-date list of
regions, please go to Xbox on Windows website.
Xbox app requires an Xbox Live account, which is not available in
all regions. For the most up-to-date list of regions, please go to
Xbox Live Countries and Regions website
Two factor authentication requires the use of a PIN, Biometric
(finger print reader or illuminated infrared camera), or a phone
with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities.
The number of applications that can be snapped will depend upon the
minimum resolution for the application.
To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports
multi-touch. Click here for more info on multitouch hardware
Microsoft account required for some features.
Secure boot requires firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B
and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI
Some IT administrators may enable Secure Logon (Ctrl + Alt + Del)
before bringing you to the log in screen. On tablets without a
keyboard, a tablet with the Windows button may be required, as the
key combination on a tablet is Windows button + Power button.
Some games and programs might require a graphics card compatible
with DirectX 10 or higher for optimal performance.
BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive (Windows 10 Pro only).
BitLocker requires either Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2, TPM
2.0 or a USB flash drive (Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise
Client Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system with second level address
translation (SLAT) capabilities and additional 2 GB of RAM (Windows
10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise only).
Miracast requires a display adapter which supports Windows Display
Driver Model (WDDM) 1.3, and a Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Direct Printing requires a Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi
Direct and a device that supports Wi-Fi Direct Printing.
To install a 64-bit OS on a 64-bit PC, your processor needs to
support CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW, and LAHF/SAHF.
InstantGo works only with computers designed for Connected Standby.
Device encryption requires a PC with InstantGo and TPM 2.0.
We’ll keep you on like-to-like editions of Windows. For instance,
if you are using Windows 7 Home Premium, you’ll upgrade to Windows
|Windows 7 Starter||Windows 10 Home|
|Windows 7 Home Basic|
|Windows 7 Home Premium|
|Windows 7 Professional||Windows 10 Pro|
|Windows 7 Ultimate|
|Windows Phone 8.15||Windows 10 Mobile|
|Windows 8.14||Windows 10 Home|
|Windows 8.1 Pro||Windows 10 Pro|
|Windows 8.1 Pro for Students|
“N” and “KN” editions follow the upgrade path of the parent edition
(e.g., Windows 7 Professional N upgrades to Windows 10 Pro N).
Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1
Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance
customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to
Windows 10 Enterprise offerings outside of this offer.
See the Windows 10 Editions page to view and compare the key
features that are available in each edition of Windows 10: Windows
10 Home and Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 full localization languages
Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Bulgarian (Bulgaria), Chinese (Simplified,
China), Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan),
Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch
(Netherlands), English (United Kingdom), English (United States),
Estonian (Estonia), Finnish (Finland), French (France), French
(Canada), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel),
Hungarian (Hungary), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean
(Korea), Latvian (Latvia), Lithuanian (Lithuania), Norwegian,
Bokmål (Norway), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese
(Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Serbian (Latin,
Serbia), Slovak (Slovakia), Slovenian (Slovenia), Spanish (Spain,
International Sort), Spanish (Mexico), Swedish (Sweden), Thai
(Thailand), Turkish (Turkey), Ukrainian (Ukraine)
Additional languages available as Language Interface Packs
It’s the Windows you know, only better
Familiar and up to date
You’re already an expert with the familiar Start menu, task bar,
and desktop. Live tiles provide streaming updates of what matters
Windows 10 is designed to be compatible with the hardware,
software, and peripherals you already own. And always-enabled
updates help you stay current on features and security for the
supported lifetime of your device.
This combines the strengths of Windows 8 with Windows 7.
Millions of people are already using Windows 10 Pro
The Windows Insider Program is a global community of fans who love
Windows and want to help make it better. Because they get to see
new features first, Insiders have the opportunity to provide
feedback to continue shaping the best Windows ever. Learn more
about being a part of the Windows Insider community.
Learn more about being a part of the Windows Insider community.
Enjoy innovative experiences and devices
Best Windows ever for gaming
Gaming just got even better with Windows 10 Pro. Not only do your
existing games work great, but now you can play and connect with
gamers across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. From the best casual
games to a new generation of PC gaming, Windows 10 is built for
games you love.
1.Go beyond browsing
Microsoft Edge is the all-new browser that helps you go beyond
browsing and get more done on the web. Experience the thrill of
writing or typing directly on webpages. Clear away distractions
from your online articles. And, with Cortana enabled, you can
instantly move from searching to doing.
Windows 10 is personal and productive
Great ways to finish faster
Windows 10 gives you absolutely the best experience for doing what
you do. Stay focused with easy ways to snap apps in place and
optimize your screen space for getting things done. See your open
tasks in a single view and create virtual desktops to gain space or
group things by project, like Office apps for work and games for
Meet Cortana, your truly personal digital assistant
Cortana works across your day and your devices to help you get
things done. By learning more over time, Cortana becomes more
personal and useful to you. Cortana’s also best at reminders,
delivering them at the right time and place so you forget less and
can do more.
Using Cortana with reminders is AMAZING!
The best screen is always the one you’re on
Windows 10 enables your apps to look and work great in all modes,
on all devices and even as you transition from one to another.
2.Windows optimizes your experience for your activity and device.
Onscreen features adapt for easy navigation and apps scale smoothly
from small to large screens. 2 You can change from desktop to
tablet mode at any time knowing your screen will display
beautifully and transition smoothly.
Looks like a phone, does like a PC
Look at how much more your Windows 10 phone can do, with the power
of Continuum for phones. Use it like a PC for getting things done
or turn it into a large-screen projector for big time entertainment
– all without tying up your phone.
The new Windows Store is the one place for all your favorites
Introducing the new Windows Store, a one-stop shopping experience
across every Windows 10 device. Browse the store on your PC,
tablet, or phone and easily download great free and paid digital
content including apps, games, music, movies, and TV shows.
4.See the Windows Store
Elegant built-in apps that work across your devices
Windows 10 comes with elegant built-in apps4 like Maps, Photos,
Mail & Calendar, Groove, Movies & TV. And these apps use
OneDrive to back up your information and sync seamlessly across
your Windows 10 Pro devices, so you’re never far from what you
The most secure Windows ever
We’ve got you covered
Windows 10 Pro is the most secure Windows we’ve ever built. From
first boot up through the supported lifetime of your device, you’re
covered by enhanced security features that help protect against
viruses, malware, and even phishing attacks.Log in with a smile
Windows Hello recognizes you apart from all others, so you – and
only you – can unlock your device with a look or a touch*.
This method is more secure precisely because it’s more personal.
And, with no more login passwords to slow you down, you can quickly
get right into what you want.
*Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint
reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors.
Upgrade to Windows 10 for free
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1Broadband Internet required for some features (ISP fees apply).
Xbox Live features only available with supported games in Xbox
Live-supported countries, see xbox.com/live/countries. Limited
number of games available in 2015 that support cross- device play;
additional games to follow. Stream to one device at a time;
streaming with multiplayer from Xbox One requires home network
connection and Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately); Gold
also required for multiplayer play on Xbox One. DirectX 12 only
available with supported games and graphics chips. Game DVR only
available with supported hardware. To check for compatibility and
other important installation information, visit your device
manufacturer’s website and www.windows.com/windows10specs. Xbox
One, PC/Tablet and Phone versions of games all sold separately.
2App experiences may vary.
3External monitor must support HDMI input. Continuum-compatible
accessories sold separately. App availability and experience varies
by device and market. Office 365 subscription required for some
4Feature, content, and app availability and experience may vary by
market and device.
5Windows Offer Details
Yes, free! This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10
Pro, not a trial. 3GB download required; internet access fees may
apply. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to
Windows 10 within one year of availability. Once you upgrade, you
have Windows 10 for free on that device.
Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified and genuine Windows
7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. Some
hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may
vary by device and market. The availability of Windows 10 upgrade
for Windows Phone 8.1 devices may vary by OEM, mobile operator or
carrier. Features vary by device. Devices must be connected to the
internet and have Windows Update enabled. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows
8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7
Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active
Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit
to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this
offer. To check for compatibility and other important installation
information, visit your device manufacturer’s website and the
Windows 10 Pro Specifications page.
Windows 10 Pro is automatically updated. Additional requirements
will apply over time for updates.
See the Windows 10 Pro Needs for details from here.