Before purchasing a new computer with Windows 10 or upgrading a computer to Windows 10, users are recommended to review Windows 10 minimum hardware requirements. However, are these minimum requirements enough to carry your day-to-day business tasks? Most likely not.
It is important to understand that minimum requirements are specified to execute a particular task, Windows 10 in this case. What does this mean? It means Windows 10 minimum requirements will allow you to have Windows 10, but other applications (E.g. QuickBooks, Outlook, MS Excel) will cause an unstable system, slowness, or the application will not install.
Based on TCSP’s experience, we have created a basic table with Windows 10 recommended requirements for Business Users and Advanced Users. Since every business runs slightly different, the mentioned recommendations could change.
|Business User||Advanced User|
|Processor||1 GHz processor |
|Intel Core i5 |
(7th Generation) or higher
|Intel Core i7|
(8th Generation) or higher
|RAM / Memory||2 GB||8 GB||16 GB|
|Hard Drive Space||32 GB HDD1||250 GB SSD2||500 GB SSD2|
|Max Upgrade Age3||5 years||2 years||0 years|
1 A hard disk drive (HDD), hard disk, hard drive, or fixed disk (Hard Disk Drive). This is the most common type of data drive available in low-end and medium-end computers. However, most users and companies are replacing HDD with SSD due to the major boost in computing speed.
2 Solid-state drive (SSD) is the technology that replaces HDD
3 If you are looking to upgrade a computer to Windows 10, this is the computer’s maximum age. Be aware that in specific cases, some new computers cannot be upgraded to Windows 10 due to other hardware limitations.