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Windows 10: 7 Pressing Questions For Microsoft

Microsoft's Windows 10 announcements and earnings call gave a snapshot of its future but also raised many questions in the tech community.
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What will the Windows 10 system requirements be? Will the new operating system function on older machines?

Those curious about downloading the new OS can access the Windows Insider website, which lists the necessary software requirements. These include a 1GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage space. If a machine was built within the last 7 to 8 years and can effectively run Windows 8.1, it can handle Windows 10. It can be assumed that when the final version of the system launches, it will support the same requirements.

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What will the Windows 10 system requirements be? Will the new operating system function on older machines?

Those curious about downloading the new OS can access the Windows Insider website, which lists the necessary software requirements. These include a 1GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage space. If a machine was built within the last 7 to 8 years and can effectively run Windows 8.1, it can handle Windows 10. It can be assumed that when the final version of the system launches, it will support the same requirements.

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1/29/2015 | 3:02:03 PM
Re: Trying to get ahead of the curve
Thanks, @mejiac! I'm hoping we can get some definitive answers as Microsoft continues development. As for the free upgrade, I agree that it was a smart move. If Windows 10 can live up to the hype, Microsoft will have plenty of happy campers.
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1/29/2015 | 2:56:34 PM
Re: Time will tell
@asksqn, laughing at your reference to Windows 8 as a "steaming pile of fail" -- I know plenty of consumers would agree. You're right, it does look like Microsoft is addressing its shortcomings (or at least, it seems to be). Hopefully Windows 10 won't fail to meet expectations.
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Curt Franklin,
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1/28/2015 | 5:24:05 PM
Re: happy camper
@mak63, Windows 10 does show some early signs of being the "fully baked" version of Windows 8. I think the most interesting parts of the whole announcement, though, surround all the attention being given to HoloLens and the subscription model. Other factors are getting a little notice, but aspects some would consider peripheral are getting far more attention from the press and social media.

I wonder whether that means that the core Windows functionality is simply taken for granted, or if there are other, more disturbing (from Microsoft's perspective) reasons for the lack of excitement about the main product.
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