How to check if your system will work with Windows 10

First and foremost, if your system is quite recent [within the past 2-3 years], you should have no problem with your system. That would leave your applications and peripherals [printers, scanners, etc.].

In general most applications that work with Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 [although maybe just a bit less] will be compatible with Windows 10 with some minor exceptions.

I ran an application that predates Windows XP but was running correctly in Windows 7 64-bit [no such thing as Windows 2000 64-bit!].

My HP printer came out just a few months before Windows 7. HP’s suggestion was their generic printer drivers, but they lacked full support of the printer. Instead, I installed the Windows Vista drivers for my printer. No problem.

That said, there could be the odd device that could have an issue that you thought would be compatible.

Note: You probably should check it often, particularly as we get close to the release date. In addition check the hardware or software developer’s website to see if they will release update software.

Note: It is not up to Microsoft to develop hardware drivers. That is the manufacturer. Almost all drivers included in Windows [on the DVD] or through the update site, came from the manufacturer.

How to check to see if your computer is compatible [enough]:

Now if you got that Windows logo icon sitting in your system tray [left of your clock], you can check to see if your system is compatible. Right click on it and select Check your upgrade status like below.


It will tell you if you are ready and/or set to have a reserved copy. If you click on the three horizontal lines in that window, you will then see something like below.


You have the various options you can check. [I’ll let you explore on your own!] Select Check your PC. It will then give the results of issues with your computer – both hardware and software as below.


Note that as the updating of software is ongoing, software which may be incompatible now may be compatible later with an update. Hardware, on the other hand, will never change. Sometimes this is because of changes in Windows core. Other times it is because the hardware is too old and/or the developer doesn’t want to write software for it.

As I said previously, you should go through the major components of your system – both hardware and software – before upgrading to see if you are compatible with Windows 10.

In my case, I have one application that could be an issue. It is 8 years old. But depending on the problem, I could live with it or I may not even notice it [related to the Citrix Receiver but I don’t have Citrix on this system]. My system is 17 months old.

Note: If you don’t want the notification icon, you can uninstall KB3035583, but it will come back.


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