Get faster start-ups; a familiar yet expanded Start menu; and great new ways to get stuff done even across multiple devices.
The best Windows yet
Windows 10 works
seamlessly across all your devices. Start writing a document on your PC
at the office, continue on your phone at the coffee shop, then finish up
on your laptop at home. With Windows 10, you can pick up right where
you left off.
Get ideas down fast.
The Windows Ink Workspace is instantly accessible wherever you are, so
you don't need to worry about missing an idea. Quickly access an Ink
Workspace with the click of a digital pen or straight from your taskbar.
You can even pull up the Ink Workspace before logging in.2
Sign in to your Windows devices3
in less than 2 seconds with Windows Hello—3 times faster than a
password. Facial or fingerprint recognition provides instant access, and
you always have the option of retaining a PIN as a backup.
With built-in virus
protection, Windows Defender protects your device from sophisticated
threats with a combination of processes to help identify and block
ransomware. Automatic updates1 ensure you have complete,
ongoing protection against current and future threats. Windows Firewall
notifies you about suspicious activity and block viruses, worms, and
features of Windows 10 pair perfectly with Office. Arrange your screen
however you want, easily manage multiple Office apps and docs on one
screen, and effortlessly snap up to four of them to optimize your work
space. You can also slide the shared edge of snapped apps to wherever
you want it, easily resizing both apps in a single motion.
Play Xbox games in native 4K with four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p—right on your Windows 10 PC5.
Stream your gameplay and share clips of your most epic gaming moments
with the built-in Game Bar. And Windows 10 optimizes your PC with Game
Mode, which dedicates more system resources to games while you're
Cortana is your personal digital assistant.6
She can notify you about appointments and deadlines, suggest documents
you may need for an upcoming meeting, and sync with your group calendar.
Create, modify, and open lists with just your voice. And Cortana
seamlessly integrates with other Windows apps, like Sticky Notes, Ink
reminders, and Microsoft To-Do events.
Microsoft Edge is the
faster, safer browser optimized for the modern web, yet still compatible
with legacy apps and sites. Write or type directly on webpages and
share your markups with others. Use the reading view to remove
distractions. Plus, it plays Netflix4 in crystal-clear 4K Ultra HD resolution.5
1GHz processor or faster
1GB RAM for 32-bit; 2GB for 64-bit
Required hard disk space
Up to 20GB available hard disk space
Required video card
800 x 600 screen resolution or higher. DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Internet access (fees may apply)
Other system requirements
Microsoft account required for some features. Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
Activation required • Single license • 32 & 64-bits on USB 3.0 media included
If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7
Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media
Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be
removed. For a limited time (the "eligible period"), on systems upgraded
to Windows 10 from one of these older versions of Windows (a "qualified
system"), a DVD playback app ("Windows DVD Player") will be installed.
Note: the Windows DVD Player may not be installed immediately; it will
be installed after the first successful Windows Update. The Windows DVD
Player will be available for purchase from the Window Store for systems
that (i) are qualified systems but the eligible period lapsed; (ii) are
non-qualified systems; or (iii) were qualified systems but Windows 10
was subsequently clean installed (in this case, Windows Update cannot
detect that it was previously a qualified system).
Journal will be removed when the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
(Windows 10, version 1607) is installed. After Windows Journal is
removed, you will no longer be able to open or edit Journal files (with
.JNT or .JTP extensions). In place of Windows Journal, we encourage you
to switch to OneNote. If you need to open or edit your journal files,
more information is available here.
Windows Media Digital Rights Management (WMDRM) will no longer be
supported after Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Windows 10, version 1607)
is installed. After installing this update, you will no longer be able
to play music or video files that were protected by this rights
Click here to learn more.
MDM functionality will not be available in Windows 10 Home edition when Windows 10 is released.
Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on
Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade.
Microsoft has released our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called
the "Microsoft Solitaire Collection" and "Microsoft Minesweeper."
If you have a floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer’s website.
If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the
OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version of
OneDrive does not support placeholder files in
Windows 10. Windows 8.1 displayed placeholders for files available in
OneDrive but not locally on the device. In Windows 10, users can choose
which folders to sync from OneDrive settings.
Snap is limited to 2 apps in Tablet Mode.
This feature may continue to function on machines with the Creators
Update installed; however, Homegroup will sunset in the release that
follows. This page can help you troubleshoot problems with Homegroup following installation of Windows 10.
Here are additional resources if you would like to share files and printers without using Homegroup:
Windows 10 Home users will receive updates from Windows Update
automatically when it's available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10
Enterprise users will have the ability to postpone updates. The amount
of time that Windows 10 Pro users can postpone updates is limited.
Small storage devices, like devices with 32GB hard drives or older
devices with full hard drives, may need additional storage
to complete the upgrade. You'll see instructions during the upgrade
telling you what to do. You may need to either remove unneeded files
from your device, or insert a USB flash drive to complete the upgrade.
Some devices with either little free space available or smaller hard
drives, like 32 GB storage PCs, may have little free space available
after upgrading. You may free up disk space and easily delete files like
temporary files or your previous version of Windows within the Storage
system setting. Files for the previous version of Windows give you the
option to remove Windows 10 and go back to your previous version of
Windows. These files are automatically deleted 10 days after you
upgrade. To free up space, you can delete them now.
connection is required to perform the upgrade. Windows 10 is a large
file -- about 3 GB -- and Internet access (ISP) fees might apply.
To check for device compatibility and other important installation
information, visit your device manufacturer’s website. Manufacturer
contact information can be found on the Contact Information page.
The upgradeability of a device includes factors beyond the system
specification. This includes driver and firmware support, application
compatibility, and feature support, regardless of whether or not the
device meets the minimum system specification for Windows 10.
If your PC or tablet is currently running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1
Update, you can check to see if it meets the requirements by using
'Check my PC' in the Get Windows 10 app. To open the Get Windows 10 app,
click on the small Windows icon found at the right end of the taskbar.
If you don’t see it, visit our Windows 10 Q&A page
for more info.
Many applications, files, and settings will
migrate as part of the upgrade. However, some applications or settings
may not migrate.
applications, Windows will check to see if your anti-malware
subscription is current (not expired) and compatible during the upgrade.
If the anti-malware application is compatible and current, your application will be preserved during the upgrade to Windows 10.
If the anti-malware application is incompatible, Windows will uninstall
your application while preserving your settings. After upgrade is
complete, if your anti-malware provider has informed Microsoft that it
has made a compatible version available for your active subscription,
Windows will notify you to install the latest version available with the
settings that were set prior to upgrade.
If your anti-malware
subscription is not current (expired), Windows will uninstall your
application and enable Windows Defender Antivirus.
Some applications that came from your OEM may be removed prior to upgrade.
For certain third party applications, the "Get Windows 10" app will
scan for application compatibility. If there is a known issue that will
prevent the upgrade, you will be notified of the list of applications
with known issues. You can choose to accept and the applications will be
removed from the system prior to upgrade. Please be sure to copy the
list before you accept the removal of the application.
Family Safety child users with local accounts (accounts tied to the
machine) will not have their safety settings migrated to Windows 10
during the upgrade. This means that after the upgrade to Windows 10 is
complete, parents would need to setup safety settings for the child user
along with a Microsoft account if they do not have one. To find out
more about the changes, visit the FAQ page.
Some apps and content sold separately. Feature and app availability and experience may vary by device and market.