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How to Check Computer for Windows 10 Compatibility


How to Check Computer for Windows 10 Compatibility

How to Check Computer for Windows 10 Compatibility
It is very important to assess which devices will support a Windows 10 upgrade. The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • OS Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1

  • Processor 1 GHz or faster processor (CPU) or system-on-a-chip (SoC)

  • RAM 1 GB for a 32-bit OS and 2 GB for a 64-bit OS

  • Hard drive space 16 GB for a 32-bit OS and 20 GB for a 64-bit OS

  • Graphics card DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

  • Display 800x600

It is possible to run the Windows 10 setup in a scan only mode which will return a result related to if an upgrade is possible.

Here's How:

1. Open the Command Prompt by typing cmd.exe into Start Screen or Start Menu, right-click on Cmd.exe, and open it as an administrator.

2. Execute following command at the Command Prompt:


SETUP.EXE /Auto Upgrade /Quiet /NoReboot /DynamicUpdate Disable /Compat ScanOnly

3. If you want to check whether your system is compatible, do the following:

4. Once the command has finished echo the errorlevel


echo %errorlevel%

You can then view this code (convert it from decimal to hex which is easy to view using calculator in programmer mode).

5. Open C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\Panther\setupact.log to check the progress.

6. Open C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log and check the last line that contains.

CsetupHost::Execute result = code

Here are the most common results codes:

  • No issues found: 0xC1900210

  • Compatibility issues found (hard block): 0xC1900208

  • Migration choice (auto upgrade) not available (probably the wrong SKU or architecture):
    0xC1900204 and 0xC190010E

  • Does not meet system requirements for Windows 10: 0xC1900200

  • Insufficient free hard drive space: 0xC190020E

  • Problem unmounting the WIM file: 0xC1420127


There are also other files including XML files that have blocking information that stops upgrade, the CompatDataxxxxx.xml files. Search these files for hard blocks.

The $Windows.~BT folder is a hidden folder, following instructions will guide you on how to unhide hidden folders.

1. Press Windows + E keys to open File Explorer.

2. Make sure the menu bar is expanded. You can toggle the menu bar by selecting the ^ at the upper right portion of the window.

3. Select the “View” tab.

4. Check the “Hidden items” check box to view hidden items.

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Alternatively, you can run the following command:


Setup.exe /Auto Upgrade /Quiet /NoReboot /DynamicUpdate Disable /Compat ScanOnly /CopyLogs  %SystemRoot%\Logs\Win10ReadyCheck

With the /CopyLogs option, Setup.exe creates two folders:

  • MoSetup, which contains the BlueBox.log. This is helpful to troubleshoot the command used to launch the setup and possible errors.

  • Panther, where you can find many prerequisite checks information files.

You might want to use Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) , and take the necessary remediation steps before you begin the roll-out. This version has already been updated with Windows 10 information and is quite simple to install. You can configure MAP to connect to the Configuration Manager database to reuse information already collected offline.

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