Do I Need to Replace My Hardware in Order to Upgrade to Windows 10?

If you’re asking yourself this question, you are not alone. This is a commonly asked question among our clients. In this article we take you through our process.

Before we begin, we want to quickly go over the top feature of Windows 10 and why it’s important to upgrade. The most significant features are the upgraded security and identity access. Window 10 is also very user friendly and works well on a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets and PCs.

Now let’s take a look at what hardware Windows 10 requires and how that compares to the version that you’re currently running. Then, we can determine if you’ll need to upgrade the hardware on your PC.

Windows 10 Hardware Requirements

The minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 include:

  • 1 GHz or faster CPU
  • 1 GB of RAM (2 GB for the 64-bit version)
  • 16 GB of free disk space (20 GB for the 64-bit version)
  • Video card that supports DirectX 9 with WDDM 1.0
  • Display that supports at least a 1024 x 600 resolution

There are a few Windows 10 features that have additional requirements. Here are a few:

  • A special camera is needed for Windows Hello
  • A touch screen in needed for gestures
  • A microphone is needed for Cortana voice commands

An important thing to note is that the number of apps that Windows 10 can display on the screen at the same time depends on your video resolution.

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Businesses currently running Windows 7 may not need to purchase new hardware to upgrade to Windows 10.  Below are two of the things that we look at to determine if new hardware is needed.

  1. Is your hardware adequate for performing the actual upgrade itself? The Windows 10 upgrade process temporarily consumes computer, storage and memory resources. Windows 7 needs to have enough hardware resources available to support the upgrade process. A PC comfortably running Windows 7 probably has the hardware resources necessary for a Windows 10 upgrade.
  2. Can you take full advantage of new Windows 10 features? We may need to upgrade your existing hardware to use modern security features such as BitLocker encryption or Windows Hello.

Upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 10

For businesses currently running Windows 8 there are two major hardware considerations to review before upgrading to Windows 10.

  1. The Windows 10 upgrade process requires your desktops to run Windows 8.1 (plus a couple of subsequent updates that deliver the upgrade). Generally, this isn’t an issue unless you haven’t kept up with the Windows 8.1 updates. Before you upgrade, all of your PCs will need to be up to date.
  2. The minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 (listed above) vary slightly between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. If you currently run the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1, then the upgrade process installs the 32-bit version of Windows 10. If you have the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 and you want to move to the 64-bit version of Windows 10, you won’t be able to perform an in-place upgrade. A clean install will need to be used.

Ask Bennett Office Technologies for a Free Assessment!

Whether you are an individual planning to upgrade to Windows 10, or a company planning to update a collection of workstations, thoughtful planning is required. A transition from an older system to Windows 10 will be smooth when you have a game plan to backup data, capture Windows profile preferences, audit applications that are business critical and compatible with Windows 10, and are prepared with the right hardware to run Windows 10 effectively.

Bennett Office Technologies works closely with clients to make the transition to Windows 10. For assistance on determining your personal or business computer needs contact our team of experts at Bennett Office Technologies. Business owners are welcome to complete our Technology Assessment form and we’ll contact you to do a free assessment.

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