Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

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System Requirements

The following table lists the minimum and recommended system requirements for Windows 10.

Component Minimum Recommended
Processor 1 GHz processor;
32-bit (IA-32) or 64-bit (x64) architecture;
Support for PAE, NX and SSE2
x64 architecture with support for CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW and LAHF/SAHF
Memory (RAM) 32-bit: 1 GB
64-bit: 2 GB
4 GB
Graphics adapter DirectX 9 graphics adapter;
WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
WDDM 1.3 or higher driver
Display device 800×600 pixels 1024×768 pixels
Input device Keyboard and mouse Multi-touch display;
Ctrl, Alt and Windows keys, or their other hardware equivalents
Storage 32-bit: 16 GB
64-bit: 20 GB
N/A
These should be considered the absolute minimum system requirements for a successful installation. Additional disk space will be required if you are using 16 GB of memory (RAM) or more, as extra space will be allocated to the system page file.

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3 comments

    1. Hi Paul!

      Thanks for your comment. I’ll try to clarify this better in both my Upgrade and Install guides.

      There is actually a way of doing a clean install and still qualify for the free upgrade, but only when upgrading from media (i.e. not from the Get Windows 10 app). At the very last screen Ready to install before you initiate the Windows 10 upgrade, there is a Change what to keep link. If you click this link, and then select Nothing, you end up with an activated clean installation rather than an upgrade.

      Windows 10 Setup: Change what to keep

      I’m not sure many people know about this!?

      Kind Regards,
      Chris.

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