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The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is available now How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Now How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Now Windows 10 is receiving a major upgrade this month. The Anniversary Update is rolling out slowly. We show you how to upgrade now, how to delay the upgrade, and which pitfalls to watch out for. Read More , and with its release Microsoft has provided new minimum requirements to run the operating system. While Windows 10 works on a variety of devices, some weaker machines might not make the cut to run the Anniversary Update.

Most people are running computers far more powerful than the minimum requirements, but it’s still good to know the minimum in case you’re trying to update an old computer (since future-proofing wasn’t worth it 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Future-Proof Your PC 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Future-Proof Your PC Is future-proofing your PC ever a good idea? Here are several reasons why you might want to reconsider. Read More ) or just want to have a baseline to compare specs to.

Per Microsoft’s Windows 10 specifications, here are the requirements to run the Windows 10 Anniversary Update:

  • The system’s processor must be 1 GHz or faster.
  • For RAM, you must have at least 1 GB when doing an update on a 32-bit system and 2 GB for an update on a 64-bit system. You must have 2 GB of RAM for a new device that’s either 32- or 64-bit.
  • The hard drive must have 16 GB free for installing 32-bit Windows 10 or 20 GB for installing 64-bit Windows 10.
  • Your graphics card must support DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
  • The laptop screen or monitor must be at least 800 x 600.

As long as you have these or better specs, you should be ready to install the update! Of course, Windows 10 won’t run well on a computer this weak, but you’ll be able to at least get the system going. Any decent computer built in the last five years will almost surely have these specs.

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Have you ever run Windows on a minimum-specs PC? Let us know if you find anything about these requirements interesting in the comments!

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  1. J
    September 8, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Windows 10 requires the computer to support SSE2/PAE/NX on the CPU.

  2. Fran
    September 7, 2016 at 2:18 am

    My Acer Aspire One netbook that originally came with XP and was upgraded to 7 Ultimate works fine---2GB ram and Atom CPU! A lucky fluke? Maybe, but I'm not seeing any problems yet.

  3. Carl Snyder
    September 6, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    According to Microsoft's own Upgrade Advisor, and attempting to update to Win10 on a WinXP (original) computer already updated to Windows 7 Home, some single processor 32-bit AMD processors will NOT handle the upgrade, and the upgrade process halts.

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