Adobe Premiere PC requirements: How to tell if your computer works with Premiere Pro

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Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful suite of tools. Video editing itself is an intense process that requires vast amounts of computing power and Premiere Pro isn't shy about using any resources you throw at it. There's a simple way to check if your PC meets the system requirements before purchasing the subscription.

How to check your PC specs

  1. Hit Windows Key + E to bring up Windows Explorer.
  2. Right-click on This PC in the sidebar.

  1. Choose Properties.
  2. A new window will open, which you can use to check your PC specifications to the requirements Adobe has published.

You want your specifications to match or exceed those that are published by Adobe. The full specification requirements of Adobe Premiere Pro are as follows:

  • 64-bit multi-core processor (Intel 6th Gen or AMD FX).
  • 64-bit Windows 10.
  • 2 GB VRAM.
  • 8 GB RAM.
  • 8 GB HDD space (additional free space required during installation).
  • Compatible sound card.
  • Internet connection (for product activation, download, updates, etc.).

To see whether or not your Intel processor has multi-core support and is at least 6th Gen or newer, enter the model name — an example being the Core i7-7700HQ — on the Intel Ark website. AMD offers a similar website for checking AMD CPUs. Free disk space can be checked by opening up Windows Explorer and left-clicking on This PC in the sidebar, which will show all the connected drives.

As well as the internal requirements above, you also need to use a display that supports a resolution of 1200x800. Screen resolutions of 1080p or higher are recommended. After meeting all these requirements, you'll be able to install and boot up Adobe Premiere Pro.

If you do not meet the requirements, you'll need to look elsewhere or spend on a new PC. Not having enough power to handle Premiere Pro would result in an awful experience with long load times, playback buffering, and more. To those who plan on getting the most out of their video editor, Premiere Pro really is the best kit around.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.