Several computers at home currently run on Windows 7 or Windows 8.

How do I know if the software on those computers is compatible with Windows 10 ? When I say software, I mean:

  • Drivers for the computer components
  • Drivers or software for accessories (printers, for example)
  • Drivers or software for miscellaneous devices (mobile phones, sat nav, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous software applications

From what I have seen, Microsoft's Get Windows 10 upgrade tool has a Check your PC functionality. It checks that your computer is compatible, and also gives you warnings if some apps are known to be incompatible. If there is no warning about a given app, it should work fine (I am a bit concerned about the should part).

  • Microsoft can't tell if some specific devices or applications stop working after you upgrade your PC, because their database of tested devices and applications is limited. To be sure, install Windows 10 in a virtual machine and test all devices and applications there. If you have tested everything you need, simply upgrade your PC.
    – GiantTree
    Dec 18, 2015 at 12:54
  • It does work fine in nearly all cases, but there is no guarantee. Note that you can upgrade, and if you have any issues, you can go back to the old version, relatively easily. Millions of people have successfully done it, so if you don't have some really exotic software/hardware, you should be good.
    – Aganju
    Dec 18, 2015 at 12:54
  • What exactly is your question? Drivers are normally specifically do or do not support Windows 10.
    – Ramhound
    Dec 18, 2015 at 13:12
  • Other than your tool,,go to the software publishers website and see what they've said.
    – Dave
    Dec 18, 2015 at 14:15
  • @Ramhound The context is: we have at home different pc configurations; in terms of OS (several Win 7's, a Win 8.1) and in terms of software (software for their mobile phones, printers, cameras, sat navs, etc.). The problem is: I need to know if drivers or apps can have issues (and then I will have to see what to do: delay the WIn 10 upgrade or look for a replacement app when possible, for example). Questions that come to mind are: is the "Check your PC" exhaustive ? Are there alternatives i.e. listings of applications win10 compatibilities ?
    – salcoin
    Dec 18, 2015 at 14:44


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