Windows 10 for desktop and phone minimum hardware requirements

Windows 10 devices

It used to be that every new version of Windows required more space in the hard drive and newer hardware. With Windows 10 things are changing dramatically, the operating system will still need new hardware to unlock its power, but the hardware requirements is even lower of what it was required Windows 7 and Windows 8.

This time around, Microsoft is building Windows 10 to be an operating system that will install on all forms of devices, including phones, tablets, and PCs as such it is important for the company to create an operating system with a small footprint.

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Windows 10 reduces storage footprint and speeds up recovery

The OS will finally begin support crazy screen resolutions, and it should not come to a surprise that Windows 10 will support the latest and future generations of processors, including Qualcomm Snapdragon, Intel’s upcoming Skylake, and AMD Carrizo.

Furthermore, the minimum hardware requirements are even lower, now you can expect to run the operating system with only 512MB of RAM and only 4GB of hard drive.

Windows 10 for phones minimum hardware requirements

Windows 10 for desktops minimum hardware requirements

Additionally, the company for the first time is also talking about versions of Windows 10, and this important to note, as Microsoft usually doesn’t reveal any kind of details until right before launch. The image above comes from a PowerPoint slide the company used during the WinHEC conference in China, and it details a Pro version and a consumer version of Windows 10, but some of the information still blurry.

Source Microsoft via Neowin, Michael Gillett

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