How to: Determine if an application or hardware device is compatible with Windows 10

Technical Level : Basic

Summary

If you are not sure if your system is compatible with Windows 10, there are few things you can do before you start the upgrade process. The first place to check is the Windows Compatibility Center. On this website, you can check apps and devices to find out if they will work with the new operating system. In this article, we take a look at doing that.


Details

Most applications and hardware drivers designed for Windows 7 or later should work with Windows 10. Of course, with significant changes expected in Windows 10, it is best you contact the software developer and hardware vendor to find out about support for Windows 10. Windows 10 setup will keep, upgrade, replace and might require that you install new drivers through Windows Update or from the manufacturers website.

You can also download Windows 10 Reservation App and use it to check your system readiness.

How to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10

Click the hamburger menu at the upper left hand corner.

Click Check your PC

If the Reservation app does not list your hardware or application status, then the next place to check is the compatibility Center.

Go to: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility/CompatCenter/Home

After loading the Compatibility Center website, enter the name of the application or device and click Search.

Look through the list generated. You should see the compatibility statust represented by a green check or red x. If its for a different version of Windows, click on the product.

Click in the Compatibility status for list box and select Windows 10

You will see specific compatibility details for that version of Windows.

Resources:

How to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10 

How to manually backup and restore your files

How to: 10 Tips before installing the latest Windows 10 build

How to: 10 things to do if Windows 10 Setup fails.

 

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Last updated January 19, 2019 Views 54,886 Applies to:
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Unfortunately this comes up: We’re sorry. Searching and browsing for products in the Windows Compatibility Center is temporarily unavailable. Please try your search/browse again later.

Unfortunately this comes up: We’re sorry. Searching and browsing for products in the Windows Compatibility Center is temporarily unavailable. Please try your search/browse again later.

I also got this message, but I clicked on the Home link and entered my product there. The search seemed to work, although my product remains incompatible despite the site saying it is compatible.

What on earth is going on with ms with windows 10 ?? ( not you papa)

I come here, trying to 'verify' for sure if my HD 3000 gpu chip on my fairly new i5 lenovo laptop will 'work', and I click the url to  goto the compatability url above, and instead of going there, its being redirected to a non useful site about windows 10 where there is no field to look up anything related to compatability.

Whats the deal ?

dIRECTing this to papa, you said you got this working, by clicking on 'home', but that goes nowere except to a link to 'business', which has no way to view any such compatability issues.

thx

lee