Earlier we covered two articles Windows 10 release date and How to reserve your FREE upgrade and Upgrade to Windows 10 –Things to Know. Here we will discuss about the System requirements, additional requirements for specific features and features which are removed from the Windows 10 when comparing with the Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
System Requirements for Windows 10 Upgrade
You can upgrade your PC to Windows 10 if you are running the latest version of Windows 7 (Windows 7 with SP1) or Windows 8.1 update, if you are not running the latest version update it.
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
RAM: 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
Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
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.
Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates.
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 “Microsoft Minesweeper.”
If you have a USB 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 of OneDrive.
The following image will show you which version of Windows 10 you will get when upgrading your Windows 7 or 8.
Additional Requirements for using Windows 10 Features
Cortana (voice assistant) will be available for United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. It will require a High fidelity microphone array and Hardware driver with Microphone array geometry exposed
Windows Hello - illuminated infrared camera for facial recognition or iris detection or a finger print reader which supports the Window Biometric Framework.
USB flash drive if you want to use Bit locker