Check this List to Determine if Your Computer is Compatible with the Windows 10

Please note, a lot of these vendors are not updating their support pages to identify if newer versions of Windows 10 are compatible with certain makes and models. Some vendors stop doing so after Windows 10 1803. So, the best recommendation is, if it can run 1803, it might be able to run a newer Feature Update.

My ultimate recommendation is, create a system image backup before upgrading. If it doesn't work, you can always just restore the image to the original working version.

  • How to: Create a system image in Windows 10
  • How to restore a Windows 10 system image to an existing or larger storage device

    Please be sure to follow me on Twitter @adacosta for the latest tips, tricks and updates in the world of Windows 10. -

    Technical Level : Basic


    The unfortunate reality is, even though you might be able to run a version of Windows 10, it does not guarantee you will be able to run the latest version or the version after that. If you have been making attempts to upgrade without success, you probably need to check the manufacturers website for your computer model to find out if its compatible with a particular version of Windows 10 or not. 

    PSA: Create Backup Reinstall Media for Your Current Version of Windows 10 Before Upgrading to Windows 10 Feature Update

    Here is a list of direct links to vendor support pages where you can check the make and model of your computer to find out if it is compatible with the Windows 10 or earlier versions. If its not, don’t force it, stick with your current version, contact the vendor by telephone or support forum to find out about support.The list will be updated as soon as OEMs update their support pages. 

    If there are no plans to support a particular Feature Update (release of Windows 10), your options include: sticking with the current version of Windows 10 or backup then attempt a clean install. Many users have reported a clean install works sometimes, even though the manufacturer does not support it; or consider downgrading to the original version you were running prior to upgrade: Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Update 1. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 with Update 1 will continue to be supported until January 2020 and January 2023 respectively. Other options include migrating to an alternative platform such as Linux or purchase a new computer preinstalled with Windows 10.

    Windows 10 version (1909 or earlier)

    Windows 10 Creators Update (1803 and earlier)

    Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607)

    If you discover your system is not compatible with a particular version of Windows 10 but Windows Update keeps trying to install the Update, you can block it using the following tool:

    Is there an option or work around to block updates or hardware drivers that might cause problems?

    Yes, Microsoft has released a KB update (KB3073930) that will let users block or hide Windows or driver updates. Click Hide Updates then choose Windows 10 Anniversary Update or Creators Update then click Hide.

    See instructions at:

    How to Block a Windows 10 Feature Update and Why You Might Need To

    You can download it at the following link: 

    If you upgraded to a new version of Windows 10, remember, you have 10 days to rollback from the time you upgraded. If you discover your system is not working so great with the update, this is an option you have. For users who discover the new version of Windows 10 is not working 10 days after, but there is no option to rollback, you will need to perform a manual downgrade. 

    Step 1: Download Windows 10 1903, 1809, 1803, 1709, 1703 or 1607

    Choose the following:

    - Windows Final
    - Windows 10, version 1709, 1703 or 1607
    - Windows 10 Pro + Home
    - English
    - x64 (64 bit) x32 (32 bit)

    Step 2: Create a bootable copy on a blank DVD or empty USB thumb drive with 8 GBs of free space. 

    Step 3: Perform a custom install, which will let you archive your current installation to a folder called Windows.old. This option lets you recover files from the Windows.old folder. 


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    How about Gateway MT-6821 (4 Gb RAM)?

    HELP!!! (Anyone please)

    Thank You,

    (Fco. L.)

    How about Gateway MT-6821 (4 Gb RAM)?

    HELP!!! (Anyone please)

    Try Using the tool to create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) to download Windows 10 update file then attempt a clean install of it .

    This may work for you because I also faced this issue earlier in installing Anniversary Update.

    My older Dell XPS L502X works with the latest version of Windows 10 by using the Media Creation Tool download.

    Version 1703  15063.138.

    So because Microsoft fails to make the build work for everyone.

    i need to go back to build 10240 on my USB pendrive?

    i bought a damn retail for 130 bucks or so.

    it worked fine with previous WDDM version and nvidia drivers.

    now some of my apps on fullscreen , mess with the windows gamma ramp .

    and my desktop does not set the LUT settings when i leave the game .

    for example MS pinball FX via steam.

    funny that it works with the stupid appstore and window.

    if i need to go back to 10240 to fix this error.

    Microsoft can go to ****.

    i never buy any of their product ever again.

    it seem to me like a bug , and easy to fix it.

    screw these dumb excuses.

    make the creators update compatible with my GTX 780 and correct WDDM versions.

    fix that D3Dgammaramp.

    Why do I find it surprising that Microsoft's own product, a Surface Pro 4, brand new out of the box, is not listed as a supported device or for that matter Microsoft as a manufacturer.

    I have six new Surface Pro machines and all of them throw the 0xc1900208 error when trying to update version 14393 to 15063.

    Does this mean, according to your article, that there will be no future updates as it is an un-supported device?

    How about Gateway MT-6821 (4 Gb RAM)?

    HELP!!! (Anyone please)

    Try Using the tool to create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) to download Windows 10 update file then attempt a clean install of it .

    This may work for you because I also faced this issue earlier in installing Anniversary Update.

    I already did that and I keep getting device error 12

    Thank You,

    (Fco. L.)

    Thanks for your answered

    I have successfully rolled back to the previous version by resetting my system and reinstalling all my software.  But now Windows says it's going to try to reinstall the Creator's Update for the 4th time.    This last time I tried the update immediately after the reset (a "clean" install) so if that didn't work, it's obviously never going to work.  ASUS says it's not a supported system. 

    How can I stop it from crashing my system yet again?

    ASUS says it's not a supported system.

    If ASUS has decided not to support your system on Windows 10, there isn't anything Microsoft can do about it. Microsoft on its own can't support hardware that it didn't build.

    In the first place, Microsoft doesn't have the proprietary knowledge of that system needed to write drivers for it. And even if Microsoft somehow gained the proprietary knowledge, that's ASUS' intellectual property that Microsoft has no legal right to exploit.

    Microsoft publishes the information about Windows 10 that hardware manufacturers need to support their products on Windows 10. Then it's up to the hardware manufacturers to decide whether or not they will provide that support. I think it's safe to say that if it were only up to Microsoft, every hardware device in the world would run flawlessly on Windows 10.

    However, just because a manufacturer has stopped supporting one of their products, that doesn't necessarily mean it won't work on Windows 10. My computer is almost 9 years old and it runs Windows 10 very well. For now. But eventually, it will stop working and I will have to buy a new computer. That day may come when an update to Windows 10 changes the operating system enough that my aged hardware can no longer function with the new code.

    If your computer, or any other hardware that you own, loses manufacturer support, there's one other avenue you can try. See if the manufacturer has their own community forum and, if so, ask whether anyone else with your model has been successful at using it with Windows 10. You might discover a tip or a work-around or some forbidden knowledge that makes the hardware work again.

    Just an ordinary guy, with no fancy titles or boasts, who can't get enough of technology.

    As of this writing, my computer(an ASUS ROG Strix laptop) has tried to install feature update 1703 4 times now and every time it has rolled itself back to the previous version. The same thing happened with the last feature update, but that one eventually installed itself correctly after about 6 automated attempts. I don't think I'm the only one that wishes that Microsoft hadn't gone with this draconian update system. I shouldn't have to loose work and basically shut down everything I'm doing that takes more than about an hour because my computer wants to reattempt a broken update.

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