Windows 10 Information

General Information

Windows 10 is the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system for use on personal computers, including desktops, laptops, tablet PCs, and Windows phones. Windows 10 comes with the new Edge browser, Cortana (Microsoft's personal digital assistant), and new interface that "combines the strengths of Windows 8 with Windows 7." (Windows Insider) See Windows 10 Features.

Windows 10 was released for general retail availability on July 29, 2015. Windows 10 Mobile will be released in fall 2015. The Windows 10 free upgrade is available from its release until July 29, 2016 for computers currently running Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update. See UH Windows 10 Licensing FAQs for details.

In general, Windows 10 will run on the same hardware as Windows 8.1.

System Requirements

  • PC running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows 8.1 (Update) - for free Windows 10 upgrade
  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 GB RAM for 32-bit OS (4 GB recommended); 2 GB RAM for 64-bit OS (8 GB recommended)
  • Available hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS; 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800 x 600 screen resolution

Additional requirements to use certain features and upgrade editions are available at Windows 10 Specifications

How to Get the Free Windows 10 Upgrade (offer expired on July, 29 2016)

For PCs running a qualifying Windows OS, please ensure that your system (hardware, peripherals and software) is compatible with the Windows 10 upgrade and that you are eligible for this upgrade, before reserving and installing the upgrade. The Get Windows 10 app is available through Windows Update, delivered as a Recommended (automatic) update (KB3035584) to Windows 8.1 and an Optional update for Windows 7.

  • Right-click the Get Windows 10 icon (on the right side of the taskbar) in the lower-right section of your desktop.
  • Click Check your upgrade status.
  • In the Get Windows 10 app, click the hamburger menu (three horizontal bars) in the upper-left corner.
  • Under "Getting the upgrade", select Check your PC.

If your system is ready, you will get the "good to go" message. If not, you will see a list of potential compatibility issues for devices and apps. Compatibility report for Windows 10: FAQ

ITS Supported Version

  • Windows 10 Pro

If you have a qualifying Windows OS, you may upgrade to Windows 10 for free via Windows Update until July 29, 2016.

If you do not qualify for the free Windows 10 upgrade: UH departments may purchase the upgrade license of this software through the ITS Site License Office. Users can purchase this software for personal use from a computer software retailer that sells Microsoft products.


Service Patches/Updates

Windows 10 is designed to continually update on a regular basis, like "Windows as a Service". Windows 10 is configured to automatically download and install security updates, hotfixes, and new features via Windows Update.

Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise users may be able to delay updates by switching to the Current Branch for Business (CBB) update track for Windows 10.

To manually check if a particular Microsoft update has been installed:

  • Press the Windows logo key and click Settings.
  • Click Update and Security.
  • Click Advanced Options.
  • Click View your update history.


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Article ID: 1661
Created: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 2:53pm
Modified: Tue, 22 Jan 2019 3:39pm