Microsoft states in the system requirements that Windows 10 as a 32-bit operating system needs 16 GB of storage space. For 64-bit systems, however, it is 20 GB, or 4 GB more. The question is however how big is Windows 10 after the installation on the hard disk? How much memory is actually allocated after a new installation? Here is the answer.
In terms of system requirements, Microsoft states that Windows 10 requires 16 GB of hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit). But how much space does Windows occupy on the hard disk after installation?
These are the system requirements for Windows 10
What you need at least for the operating system
Can you run Windows 10 on your system? The system requirements for Windows 10 are not very high, but it is still good to look at it. This is what you need at least for the operating system.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8, and you can reasonably assume that you can use Windows 10 if you already have it on your system.
- Processor : 1 Ghz or higher
- RAM (working memory) : 1 GB (for 32-bit) or 2 GB (for 64-bit)
- Disk space : 16 GB (for 32-bit) / 20 GB (for 64-bit)
- Video card : DirectX 9 or higher
- Screen resolution : 800 x 600 pixels or higher
How do you find your system requirements?
If you are not sure what specifications you have, you can easily find them in your system.
Processor and RAM
Go to your ‘Control Panel’, and click on ‘System and security’. Click on ‘System’ in the next window.
You can see here the specifications of your processor and your working memory. Disk space Go to ‘My Computer’ and click on the disk on which you want to install Windows 10 (usually the C disk). Click here with your right mouse button and go to ‘Properties’. You see how much disk space you have left over there. Video card Go to your desktop and right click on it at any location. Select ‘Screen resolution’ from the menu.
You see the options for your screen, where you can see the highest possible settings at ‘resolution’.
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How many gigabytes is Windows 10?
Before you install Windows 10, you need to be sure that it fits on the hard disk. But how much space does Windows 10 need exactly?
You can download Windows 10 in two ways, namely as 32-bit or 64-bit version. The 64-bit version is 20 gigabytes and the 32-bit version is 16 gigabytes. Which bit version you need to install depends on the processor, also called CPU, of your PC.
If Windows 10 suddenly takes up more space for you, it may be due to updates and update backups that Windows 10 creates during its installation. It also plays a role, as shown above, whether you installed Windows 10 as an upgrade or completely rebuilt it. Because of the upgrade, of course, programs and entries are taken over, which then occupy more space on the hard drive.