Windows 10 mobile requirements unveiled

by jovan1984

REDMOND, Wash. — Early this morning, Microsoft released the requirements for Windows 10.

There are a few changes, but all in all, nothing that is any different from Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8.

Without further ado, here are the requirements:

Windows 10 mobile or Windows 10 for phones

  • The firmware must be Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) 2.3.1 with secure boot enabled.
  • The random access memory (RAM) must be at least 512 megabytes.
  • The storage must be at least four gigabytes, or at least eight gigabytes sans an SD card.  A Micro SD card or a standard SD card will be required for devices that have less than eight gigabytes of space in order to support any updates.
  • The graphics must be DirectX 9.
  • The following buttons are required on a phone in order to upgrade: the volume button, the Power On/Off button, the back button, the Windows start button and the search button.  The camera button is not required for the updates, but that button is recommended for low-end devices.
  • The screen size cannot be any lower than 2.995 inches and cannot be any higher than 7.994 inches.
  • While all devices will have high definition imagery built-in, the device must have at least two gigabytes of RAM to get full high definition resolution.

Requirements for desktops, notebooks, netbooks, and larger tablets are below the fold.

Windows 10 for desktops

  • AMD and Intel are back as Microsoft’s premier chipmakers, and this time, they have a third competitor: Qualcomm.
  • Intel is the only chipmaker that will have LTE-enabled chips with the Atom x3, unfortunately.
  • The memory is the same as it was for Windows 8: one gigabyte for 32-bit systems, two gigabytes for 64-bit systems.
  • There must be at least 16 gigabytes of storage for a 32-bit download, and 20 gigabytes for a 64-bit download.
  • Windows 10 was originally announced as being free only for Windows 7 and 8.1 devices.  Now, the Windows 10 upgrade will be free for those running any operating system that has not yet reached its end-of-life: Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1.
  • Those who have pirated copies of Windows Vista, 8 and 8.1 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. (via CNet)
  • Power and audio are required for non-touchscreen devices.  Everything else is optional.
  • For devices that have a detachable keyboard: power, audio, wireless, touch and volume buttons are all required.  Two-fingered touch must also be human interface device (HID) compliant.  Connectors, sensors, start, rotation lock and notifications are all optional.
  • The firmware must be Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) 2.3.1 with secure boot enabled.
  • The graphics must be DirectX 9.
  • The screen size must be a minimum of seven inches for the Pro version, eight for the consumer version of Windows 10 for desktops.
  • The minimum resolution for Windows 10 for desktops must be 800 by 600 pixels.

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