Checking Compatibility For Windows 10

Checking your PC's Windows 10 Compatibility

Microsoft officially launched Windows 10 for general availability on July 29th, 2015. It is available for many current Windows users at no cost for the first year if they are upgrading from an existing Windows 7/8 installation. With the introduction of Windows 10, updates to the operating system will be automatically rolled at a much faster rate similar to “Service Packs” in prior versions of Windows. If you wish to play Minecraft, you must ensure that your device is compatible before upgrading.

Checking your eligibility

PCs using Windows 7 Service Pack 1 running Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate are eligible for the upgrade. This applies also to PCs using Windows 8.1 Update 1 running either the Home or Pro editions. The free upgrade offer allows people to upgrade starting July 29th 2015 and the offer ends on July 29th 2016.

If your computer matches the above, your computer should have automatically applied an update, KB3035583 which allows your PC to “reserve” Windows 10. If your computer is eligible and has not gotten the upgrade offer, ask for help at the answers.microsoft.com.

Checking your computer’s compatibility

You can check the compatibility of your device by going to your task bar and selecting the Windows icon. A window titled “Get Windows 10” should open informing you about Windows 10. You should click on the hamburger menu at the top left and select “Check your PC.” That should open a new section that entails your PC’s compatibility with Windows 10. Ensure that there are no compatibility issues and that everything has a checkmark attached to it, and also check the header that should state “This PC works with Windows 10.”


If there is an error, you should contact your device manufacturer (e.g. HP, Toshiba, Dell) if applicable or consider asking for assistance on answers.microsoft.com or contact Microsoft support directly.

Reverting your Windows 10 install

If you installed Windows 10 and would like to revert back to the previous Windows version due to system issues, you are able to do so within 1 month. Microsoft does not provide support for those downgrading past this deadline, although it may still be possible to downgrade using other means.

Please note that the option to downgrade is not available if:

  • You installed Windows 10 and used Windows Update to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1511 (build 10586) (!)
  • You performed a clean install of Windows 10
  • You are an Windows Insider and used an early build of Windows 10 (you can still revert to a previous build but not Windows 7/8)
  • You (or an application that you may have) used the DISM tool to delete the previous Windows installation files
  • The previous Windows installation files are corrupt, damaged or missing

Note that if you installed the RTM build 10240 ahead of the official Windows 10 release on July 29th 2015 then you have 30 days (from installation) to downgrade.

If you are not eligible and cannot play the PC edition of Minecraft, you may still be able to play the Windows 10 Edition. Details on how to redeem your copy can be found here. Issues with the Windows 10 Edition may be resolved by contacting Xbox support.

Before you downgrade, you should be aware of any potential damage that may occur to your PC. You, as explained in the Windows 10 EULA, are liable for any damages that may occur to your files if you downgrade. If you encounter issues with the downgrade, you should contact Microsoft or ask for assistance on answers.microsoft.com. Applications that may depend on Windows 10 such as “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” or other apps distributed with the Windows Store will cease to work. In addition, other applications may have issues following the reversion.

To initiate the downgrade, search “Recovery” at Cortana and select “Recovery options” under “System settings.” Alternatively, right click the Start menu, select “Run” and type in “ms-settings:recovery” and press “OK” to open the Recovery section of the Settings app.


You should see a header stating “Go back to Windows 8.1” or “Go back to Windows 7” – under it select “Get started.” You will be asked why you are downgrading, enter your reasoning and press “Next.”

Once you have done so, your PC will restart and will begin the downgrade process. It cannot be interrupted once it has started.

For further assistance, ask on answers.microsoft.com or contact Microsoft support directly.


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