Microsoft this week announced that the Windows 10 release date is July 29th. Here’s a look at how to test your system to see if it can run the upgrade.
Update: Windows 10 has been out long enough now that most modern PCs are going to be fine running the new OS. In fact, most if not all PCs for consumers will come with it preinstalled.
Windows 7 and 8.1 Reach End of Long-Term Support
This article is meant for older computers that were running Windows 7 or 8.1 — both of which are no longer supported by Microsoft.
Microsoft this week announced that the Windows 10 release date is July 29th, and it also pushed out the Windows 10 upgrade app to all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. This utility allows you to reserve your Windows 10 upgrade. But first, you might want to check if your computer can run the new version.
While some people are annoyed by the upgrade utility, it does have more value than just reminding you about Windows 10 and reserving your free copy of Windows 10.
- Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1
- A 1GHz processor or faster
- 1 GB RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB RAM for 64-bit
- 16 GB hard drive space for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit
- DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 graphics card
- 1024×600 display
Can My Computer Run Windows 10?
To get a definitive answer if your current computer can handle Windows 10, you need to run the Get Windows 10 app. You know, that annoying icon that just started showing up a few weeks ago. Click the Windows flag icon you see on the system tray.
If you don’t see the Get Windows 10 app icon, read our article: How to Make the Windows 10 Upgrade Icon Show Up.
By the way, if you want to remove the GWX icon after you’ve reserved your copy, or are just annoyed by it, it can be deleted.
When it launches, click the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner.
That gives you more options to learn more about the upgrade, and it also will scan your computer and let you know if it can run Windows 10 and what is or isn’t compatible.
Click the Check your PC link below Getting the upgrade to start the scan.
After you’ve run the utility, you will see a new message Your PC is ready.
In the example below, everything on my main computer is ready for the upgrade.
But if there is an issue with one of your components or software apps, that will be listed, and you can look into it further.
If you have other questions or concerns about the upgrade, check out our article: Your Windows 10 Questions Answered.
Are you ready for the Windows 10 upgrade? Leave a comment below and let us know, or for a more in-depth conversation about it, check out the Windows 10 Forums.