Minecraft and Windows 10 compatibility

Windows 10 was officially released for general availability on July 29th 2015. It is unique in that the operating system will continually receive updates throughout the supported device lifespan. Some of these updates may hinder Minecraft by updating drivers that may not support Minecraft. You should ensure that your hardware manufacturers have support for your devices on Windows 10.

Compatibility

Minecraft for PCs can run on Windows 10 just as any other version of Windows. You can obtain Minecraft as usual from minecraft.net/download.

However, your PC may not be compatible with Windows 10, in which case you should check to make sure that your computer is compatible before upgrading.

In addition, the Windows 10 Edition is also available for those who have purchased the PC edition of the game at no cost. More details on how to redeem your copy can be found at mojang.com. Addition information on the Windows 10 Edition can be found on the Minecraft Wiki. Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition can be obtained via the Windows Store.

Minecraft’s requirements

A list of Minecraft system requirements can be seen at the Mojang help center.

Among the requirements, Minecraft requires as of 1.8.8 a graphics driver that supports at minimum OpenGL 1.3.

Driver compatibility

If you recently installed Windows 10 and are getting errors such as “Pixel format not accelerated” or “Lack of updated graphics drivers,” you should try updating your graphics drivers. See this page for instructions on how to update your graphics drivers. You can also use drivers from your OEM (e.g. HP, Lenovo, Dell) if applicable, or Windows Update, however the drivers obtained through it may not always support the proper OpenGL (technical term for what Minecraft uses to render the game) to run Minecraft.

Once you’ve obtained the latest driver from your GPU manufacturer, there are some notable differences from previous version of Windows.

On Windows 10, driver updates are automatically installed on your PC whenever your GPU manufacturer (AMD/Intel/NVIDIA) has a newer driver available. On previous versions of Windows, driver updates would not be automatically installed unless Microsoft decided that they would be.

Why this matters

Sometimes, the drivers that Windows Update pushes may not in layman terms, support what Minecraft needs to run.

In this case, you must obtain the latest graphics drivers (software that controls things inside your PC) for your PC from your GPU (hardware in your PC that renders things) manufacturer as explained here. If you’re still not sure who that exactly is, contact the community technical support resources or your computer’s manufacturer (e.g. HP, Lenovo, Dell, etc.) for assistance.

What you need to do differently

Windows Update may overwrite any drivers not obtained from it if it believes that there are newer drivers from Windows Update available. This may interfere with your ability to download drivers directly from a driver vendor. To avoid this, you must let Windows know to not overwrite the driver by uninstalling the driver software and installing the driver with device manager. Please note that this isn’t a sure-fix for the situation as theoretically this policy may change at any time.

Instructions on how to manually uninstall and install drivers with Device manager are explained in the following places:

For more information on Windows Update and how to further prevent driver tampering by Windows Update, refer to Microsoft’s support article KB3073930.

For further help regarding Windows Update and its updates, ask a question on answers.microsoft.com

For other questions and support, contact the Minecraft community support resources or Mojang support.


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