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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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