Minimum System Requirements to Install Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10

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To be able to install windows, either installing Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, there are required minimum hardware specifications, or at least so that computers or pc or laptops can be used properly.

Apart from the minimum specifications or hardware system requirements, this article also mentioned a recommended system specifications for installing windows on laptop or computer. Actually this specification is relative, depending on the needs of users adapted to the type of software or program that is used.


The Quick first step to knowing Laptop or computer specs, you can perform thess steps. Click the Image or Windows iconon the left bottom left or click start for windows 7, 8, and then run on Windows XP, and then type in the search box “dxdiag” (without quotes) and then ENTER.

Here we can see a little bit of the main information about the computer or laptop, for example “System Manufacturer” describe a Brand and “System Model” for the model / type. There are also included some of the drivers for display graphics and sound driver. You can use these informations of Brand and model to search and download a suitable drivers on the internet.

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Problem: Can not install windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, or 10

Cause 1: Unsuitable Hardware Specifications for Processor 32 bit or 64 bit.
Cause 2: Hard Disk settings (Compatible or Enanched or AHCI) in the BIOS menu.
Compatible: This setting in the BIOS menu is suitable for all types of windows.
Miscellaneous: Boot Settings for Computer and Laptop.

Every computers or laptops are used basically to have the system hardware processor of 32 bit or 64 bit. Device with 64-bit version of processor has much better ability than the 32-bit and of course the price is slightly more expensive.

This basic processor system also be used or adjusted with software systems of windows installer. For example, to install windows 7 64-bit, the device must have 64-bit of processor, because if this windows system is installed on 32-bit of processor, the device can not install windows, because it is not compatible.

But the 32-bit of windows installer can be installed on 64-bit of processor, because the 64-bit device has the ability on for 32-bit windows system and most users generally use 32-bit version of Windows installer, be it Windows XP, 7, 8 and 8.1.

Minimum Specifications or System Requirements for Computer or Laptop

Below are the minimum system specs (system requirements) of hardware for laptop or computers in order to install Windows, either Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, or 10.

Minimum hardware specifications for Windows XP

Here are the minimum specs to install Windows XP.

Processor: 233 Megahertz (MHz) (Pentium 3) or higher.

Memory RAM: 384 Megabytes (MB).

Hard disk: 2.5 GB available free or more.

VGA (Display): Video adapter with 64 megabytes of memory.

Recommendations for Windows XP

Processor: 1 Gigahertz (GHz) or higher.

RAM: 1 Gigabyte (GB) or higher.

Hard disk: 20 GB upwards available for Windows systems.

VGA (Display): Video adapter with memory of 512 Megabytes (MB) or more.

The minimum hardware specs for Windows 7, 8, 8.1

Basically the minimum system specification for windows 7 or 8 is almost the same. Here are the minimum specifications in order to install windows 7, 8 and 8.1.

Processor: 1 Gigahertz (GHz).

RAM: 1 Gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) and 2 GB (64-bit).

Hard disk: 16 GB (32-bit) and 20 GB (64-bit).

Graphics card (Display): Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver.

Graphics Memory (Display): 256 MB.

Recommendations for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Processor: 2 gigahertz (GHz) or higher.

RAM: 2 Gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) and 4 GB (64-bit).

Hard disk: 30 GB (32-bit) and 40 GB (64-bit) or greater.

Graphics card (Display): Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver or the higher the better.

Graphics Memory (Display): 512 MB or higher.

Minimum hardware specs Windows 10

Basically the system specifications Windows 10 is also the same as Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.

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