This blog is excerpted from 4 Key Considerations When Planning Your Windows 10 Migration, part of our Seamless Migration to Windows 10 series.

Hardware – Meet Windows 10

In our previous blog, we established the four primary considerations you should use when planning your Windows 10 migration:

  1. Application Compatibility
  2. Hardware Compatibility
  3. User Acceptance
  4. User Data

…and we covered the first of these, Application Compatibility. Today, we’ll focus on the second major consideration:  Hardware Compatibility.

Hardware Compatibility:  Free Microsoft Tools Make It Easy

By now, you’ve cataloged your software and should feel comfortable about application compatibility — but do you know if your current hardware will support Windows 10? The last thing you want to do is push out a new operating system only to learn that users are hampered by a bad driver or a lack of processing speed or disk space. 


Minimum hardware requirements to run Windows 10:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 1024×600



Give users the best Windows experience and enable faster adoption by ensuring hardware compatibility upfront. Start your compatibility assessment by taking an inventory of all end-devices in your network. You may discover a kiosk device that you weren’t aware of or a laptop that had been forgotten about. 

Hopefully, your organization follows a 3-year hardware refresh cycle. Regardless, before you execute your Windows 10 migration, ensure you know the maturity and compatibility of every end-device in your environment. Microsoft offers two free tools to help with this:  Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit(MAP) and Windows System Assessment Tool(WinSAT).


MAP is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server, and cloud migrations. It provides detailed readiness assessment reports with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help you accelerate your organization’s IT infrastructure planning process and gather more detail on assets that reside within your current environment. MAP makes it easy by consolidating all the information into a SQL database and providing recommendations on the hardware you’ll need to set up and configure in your environment. 


WinSAT is a module of Microsoft Windows VistaWindows 7Windows 8, and Windows 10 that you’ll find in the Control Panel under Performance Information and Tools (except in Windows 8.1 & Windows 10). It measures various performance characteristics and capabilities of the hardware it is running on and reports them as a Windows Experience Index (WEI) score.

The WEI includes five sub-scores: a processor; memory; 2D graphics; 3D graphics; and disk. The base score is equal to the lowest of the subscores and is not an average of the subscores. WinSAT reports WEI scores on a scale from 1.0 to 5.9 for Windows Vista, 7.9 for Windows 7, and 9.9 for Windows 8 and Windows 10. Knowing the scores gives you a good idea about device performance, which is helpful for making business decisions about purchasing new hardware. 

Want to know more about how these free Microsoft tools can help make your Windows 10 migration easier? Contact us today.

Coming Soon

In our next blog, we’ll address the third of four key considerations for a seamless Windows 10 migration, User Acceptance… But you don’t need to wait. Download the entire brief now.