Windows 10 system requirements

  1. Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  2. RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  3. Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  4. Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  5. Display: 800 x 600 

Feature-specific requirements for Windows 10


In addition to the requirements above that are needed to run Windows, some features have additional requirements. In some cases, features included with updated versions of Windows 10 will be best experienced with newer processors. For specific hardware support please refer to your Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Below are some additional details regarding requirements for key features:

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption (available with Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise only) requires a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or higher and Trusted Computing Group (TCG)-compliant BIOS or UEFI. BitLocker can be used on devices without TPM, but you will need to save a startup key on a removable device such as a USB flash drive. TPM 2.0 and InstantGo support is required when you want to automatically encrypt the local drive when joining a device to Azure Active Directory (AAD). Check with your PC manufacturer to confirm if your device supports the correct TPM version and InstantGo for the scenario you want to enable.
  • BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive (available in Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise only).
  • Client Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system with second-level address translation (SLAT) capabilities and an additional 2 GB of RAM (available in Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise only).
  • Cortana is only currently available on Windows 10 for the United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Canada, Spain, Australia, and India.
  • Microsoft account is required for some features.
  • Miracast requires a display adapter that supports Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.3, and a Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi Direct.
  • Movies & TV application is not available in all regions. For the most up-to-date list of regions, please go to the Movies & TV information page.
  • Secure boot requires firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI signature database.
  • Skype is available only in select countries and regions. Calling to select countries and regions only. Excludes special, premium, and non-geographic numbers. For details, visit the Office FAQ page.
  • Snap: The number of applications that can be snapped will depend upon the minimum resolution for the application with a limit of two applications in Tablet mode and four applications in Desktop mode.

Windows 10 system requirements

  • Speech recognition will vary by device microphone. For a better speech experience, you will need a:
    • The high fidelity microphone array
    • Hardware driver with microphone array geometry exposed
  • Tablet mode is available on tablets and 2-in-1s with GPIO indicators or those that have a laptop and slate indicator will be able to be configured to enter “tablet mode” automatically.
  • Touch: To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch.
  • Two-factor authentication requires the use of a PIN, Biometric (fingerprint reader or illuminated infrared camera), or a phone with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities.
  • Windows Hello requires a camera configured for near-infrared (IR) imaging or a fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. Devices without biometric sensors can use Windows Hello with a PIN or a portable Microsoft-compatible security key.

Windows 10 system requirements

  • Xbox application requires an Xbox Live account, which is not available in all regions. For the most up-to-date list of regions, please go to Xbox Live Countries and Regions website.
  • Wi-Fi Direct Printing requires a Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi Direct and a device that supports Wi-Fi Direct Printing.