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Determine hardware requirements and compatibility

When planning to install windows 10 to ensure proper functionality and adequate performance, make sure that any existing or new devices meet the minimum hardware requirements for windows 10. It is also important to verify that existing hardware, such as printers, scanners, and other peripherals, are compatible with windows 10.  Finally, ensure that any applications in use within you organizations will be installed on windows 10 devices are capable of running on the new operating system.

This section covers how to

Identify the minimum and recommended hardware and required to support windows 10

Determine the compatibility of hardware for the installation of windows 10

Verify the compatibility of your existing application infrastructure with windows 10

Identify hardware requirements for windows 10

Windows 10 can run adequately on hardware of a similar specification to that which supports windows 7, consequently, most of the computer in use within organisation today are windows 10 capable.  However, to get the best from windows 10, you might consider installing the operating system on the computers and devices that exceed the minimum specifications.

Processor 1 GB or faster processor
Memory 1GB OR higher ram
Hard Disk Drive 16 GB for 32bit versions or 20GB bit
Graphics Card DirectX 9 or later with windows display driver model WDDM 1.0 Driver

Determine hardware compatibility for windows 10

After you have verified that any new or existing computers on which you intend to install windows 10 meet the minimum hardware requirements, verify that the operating system also supports any existing hardware devices and peripherals.

If you are purchasing new computers preinstall with windows 10, take no further action.  However, if you are using existing computers, or want to attach existing hardware peripherals to your new computers, verify compatibility of these older computers and peripherals.

If you have only or two computers and a few peripheral device to check, the easiest, and probably quickest, solution is to visit the hardware vendors website and check for compatibility of these devices and peripherals.  You can then download any required drivers for the version of windows 10 32-bit or 64-bit you intend to install.

Exam Tip

If the vendor does not provide a windows 10 specific driver for its hardware, you might be able to use a driver from an earlier version of windows, such as windows 8.1. Note that you must still obtain 32 bit drivers or 64 bit windows 10 drivers.

 

Verify hardware compatibility for multiple devices

 

When you have many computers to install or upgrade to windows 10, it is not feasible to visit each computer and verify device and peripheral compatibility.  In this situation, consider using a tool to help determine compatibility.

The Microsoft assessment and planning toolkit MAP enables you to assess the computer devices attached to your network. MAP can be used to.

Determine feasibility to upgrade scanned devices to Windows 10.

Determine your organisation readiness to move to Microsoft Azure or Office 365

Plan for virtualising workloads to hyper-v

Notes: From my own personal experience.  Most computers within the last 2 years support Microsoft Windows 10 Desktop should be noted, you should focus your hardware specifications higher than lower. As a rule of thumb.

If a computer has 8GB RAM then it should be upgraded to 16GB where possible. Use SSD Hard Drives. Use at least 4GB + video cards, you can use whatever specification suits you the best and is minimum requirement but from personal experience, the faster and better the hardware specifications – the faster and more of a experience you will have and won’t be disappointed with the lack of performance from your computer.  Better and faster is ideal.

Most computers don’t tend to have a optical drive these days called a DVD or blue-ray drive so you can’t typically get Microsoft Windows 10 and install and configure it via DVD.  In almost all scenarios, it’s better to use the USB hard drive version of Microsoft Windows and boot your computer using Microsoft Windows Desktop 10 with USB.

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