Learn how to choose the appropriate processor speed and architecture, amount of system memory, available hard disk space, and graphics adapter to meet minimum requirements for a Windows 10 installation. Learn about additional requirements for Client Hyper-V, Miracast, Secure Boot, BitLocker, and more.
- [Instructor] If you haven't installed Windows 10 yet, or if you're thinking about upgrading a device that currently runs Windows 7 or higher, you'll need to know the minimum hardware and software requirements before you begin your upgrade. Take a look at this list and compare it to the hardware you plan to use for your Windows 10 installation. Keep in mind that these are the absolute minimums. In order to have access to all Windows 10 features you must exceed these minimum requirements. For example, if you want to install and purchase apps from the store easily you'll need a Microsoft account which is the recommended way to log on and to use Windows 10. The Microsoft account also allows you to sync your user profile, one of the most convenient features. If you don't have a Microsoft account you can sign up for one. To see if you're logged on with a Microsoft account, go to settings, and click accounts. You can see here that I can manage my Microsoft account which I am logged in with, or I can login with a local account, instead. Windows has a great built in voice control feature called, Cortana. Cortana is currently available on Windows 10 for the United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Canada, Spain, Australia, and India. You'll also need a microphone. Once the mic is set up you can use speech recognition. Speech recognition lets you talk to your computer to give commands or dictate text. To set up speech recognition you'll need some kind of microphone, preferably one with a high fidelity array. Facial recognition is another feature you might want to set up if your hardware allows for it. It lets you log in to your Windows computer simply by looking at the log on screen. You'll need a specialized illuminated infrared camera to get this working. There are a few more features that require additional resources that I'd like to discuss. For example, in order to snap apps on the desktop you'll need to be able to set a higher resolution than the minimum of 800 by 600. 1366 by 768 is a great start. The higher the resolution the more apps you can snap. I'll open a few apps to show you. I'll open Maps. File Explorer. And then, Alarms and Clock. Watch what happens when I snap these apps to the sides of the screen. I'll snap Maps to the left, first. On the right I'll choose to show File Explorer. Notice File Explorer takes up the second half of the screen. There are plenty of security features available, too. These features are useful if you keep sensitive data on your computer, or if you travel with a laptop that could be lost or stolen. These features can also help secure your PC when others have physical access to it, such as in a shared office area. BitLocker, Secure Boot, Secure Logon and Device encryption are a few more. Each of these features requires hardware beyond the minimum requirements. And finally, here are a few more specialty requirements. DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces called APIs for handling tasks related to multimedia, but most notably for playing games. Client Hyper-V is a feature that lets you run more than one operating system on the same host computer. If you're interested in virtualizing an OS inside your Windows installation you'll need the required hardware to support it. Miracast is a technology that lets you mirror what's on your computer to some other device like a television, without the need for cables. To use this feature you'll need the necessary Miracast hardware which comes built in on compatible machines. Wi-Fi Direct printing is another feature Windows supports that lets you print to devices without physically connecting to them. Both the printer and the computer will need compatible hardware. There are always more things we can talk about when it comes to hardware and software requirements but this is a good start. To learn more about these requirements and others visit Microsoft's website.
- Choosing an upgrade or new installation
- Choosing a Windows 10 edition
- Creating installation media
- Installing and upgrading Windows 10
- Troubleshooting group policies on devices
- Configuring and managing device drivers
- Configuring the desktop
- Configuring notifications
- Configuring Cortana and Hyper-V
- Using Active Directory-based activation