What are the minimum PC requirements for Windows DisplayLink software?

DisplayLink software can be used any Ultrabooks, Windows Tablets, Notebooks/Laptops or Desktops.
The performance of the software is dependent upon the processing power available, as well as the operating system in use. More capable systems will provide better performance.
Recommended typical system requirements are:

Windows 10  Anniversary Update 2016

  • Processor: 1.2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support SSE2
  • RAM: 2 gigabyte (GB) for 1 DisplayLink display. 4 GB or more recommended for 2 or more DisplayLink displays
  • USB: At least one USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port.
  • 30 megabytes (MB) of free disk space.
  • Computer screen for use with the DisplayLink device, if it is not integrated.
  • Network access for software downloads, or access to a CD-ROM drive.

Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (2015)

  • Processor: 1.2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support SSE2
  • RAM: 2 gigabyte (GB) for 1 DisplayLink display. 4 GB or more recommended for 2 or more DisplayLink displays
  • Graphics processor: Intel, AMD or NVIDIA GPU supporting Microsoft DirectX 10 or later with a WDDM driver. Matrox or SiS graphics are not supported.
  • USB: At least one USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port.
  • 30 megabytes (MB) of free disk space.
  • Computer screen for use with the DisplayLink device, if it is not integrated.
  • Network access for software downloads, or access to a CD-ROM drive.

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8


For Windows Vista – Windows 8, the Windows Experience Index (WEI) is a useful measure of hardware level. The WEI is accessible from Computer > Properties, or from Control Panel > System.

The following system specs are recommended minimum:
  • Windows Experience Index: WEI score of at least 3 in the "Graphics; Desktop performance for Windows Aero" category. Overall WEI score of at least 3 as recommended by Microsoft.
  • Processor: 1.2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support SSE2
  • RAM: 2 gigabyte (GB) for 1 DisplayLink display. 4 GB or more recommended for 2 or more DisplayLink displays
  • Graphics processor: Intel, AMD or NVIDIA GPU supporting Microsoft DirectX 9 or later with a WDDM driver. Matrox or SiS graphics are not supported.
  • USB: At least one USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port.
  • 30 megabytes (MB) of free disk space.
  • Computer screen for use with the DisplayLink device, if it is not integrated.
  • Network access for software downloads, or access to a CD-ROM drive.
  • On Windows 7, you need Service Pack 1 with at least KB3033929 installed to support SHA-2 driver hash from DisplayLink driver R8.0+.

Windows XP

  • Processor: 1.2GHz Single Core CPU or higher
  • RAM: 1GB memory for 1 DisplayLink display. 2 GB or more recommended for 2 or more DisplayLink displays
  • Graphics processor: Any primary graphics processor or card with XP drivers installed.
  • USB: At least one USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port.
  • 30 megabytes (MB) of free disk space.
  • Computer screen for use with the DisplayLink device, if it is not integrated.
  • Network access for software downloads, or access to a CD-ROM drive.

Support for 4K (UHD) modes

4K resolutions are supported on DL-5xxx products, on Windows 7 and later. Up to 2 4K displays, connected to one system using DisplayLink, are supported.
The system requirements for 4K are higher than the system specs above, due to the extra resources needed to process the high resolution. The recommended specs are below:

For Productivity:
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2+GHz / AMD Trinity or better
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Graphics processor: Integrated or discreet Intel HD 4000, ATI Radeon HD7xxx, NVidia GeForce 5xxM graphics processors or better.
  • USB: USB 2.0 but USB 3.0 recommended
For Full screen video playback
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2+GHz / AMD Richland A10-575x / AMD Kaveri A10-7400P or better
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Graphics processor: Integrated or discreet Intel HD 4000, ATI Radeon HD 8650, NVidia GeForce 7xxM graphics processors or better.
  • USB: USB 3.0
  • Disk: 7200RPM or SSD
  • If playing UHD content (4K), the system must be capable of decoding the 4K video in the graphics processor.
NB: 4K resolutions may work on computers with systems specs lower than these, however the performance may not be acceptable.

Troubleshooting: Windows

  1. My Device is not Working Properly on Windows 10 Anniversary or Creators Update
  2. How can I report Windows issues to DisplayLink?
  3. How can I report Windows installation issues to DisplayLink?
  4. No option to duplicate monitors on Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  5. My DisplayLink device does not work at all, or I get the message "USB device not recognized", when connecting on Windows.
  6. What are the minimum PC requirements for Windows DisplayLink software?
  7. Issues with USB 3 host controllers and DisplayLink
  8. How to fix your DisplayLink product from repeatedly disconnecting and reconnecting, or freezing
  9. How to resolve mouse or window latency, desktop pixelation, or other performance related issues
  10. How to resolve screen corruption, leftover artefacts or blank screens
  11. Overlapped I/O operation in progress message seen on installation
  12. Message: "The software package appears to have been modified." when trying to install
  13. Cannot upgrade or uninstall DisplayLink software
  14. Which Windows applications do DisplayLink displays support?
  15. PC hangs when booting with USB devices attached
  16. Cannot uninstall "DisplayLink Core Software" under "Add/Remove Programs"
  17. DisplayLink Compatibility with NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series or GeForce 7 Series GPUs
  18. Games do not work on Windows with DisplayLink software installed
  19. Error Message "The system cannot write to the specified device"
  20. DisplayLink driver compatibility with Intel Atom Tablets (Clover Trail)
  21. Message "Incompatible display driver" on install or device connection
  22. How to uninstall j5Create (MCT) software
  23. How to uninstall Fresco Logic USB graphics software
  24. How to uninstall SMSC USB Graphics software
  25. Problems configuring Wake On LAN on DisplayLink DL-3000 products
  26. Can I duplicate or mirror a screen to more than one display in Windows?
  27. Monitor mode or resolution not available when connecting with DisplayLink device
  28. Windows Display Properties "Identify" numbers are incorrect
  29. Windows Desktop background is not shown on some extended displays
  30. DisplayLink display is blank and only shows mouse cursor when using a basic graphics theme
  31. Problems installing DisplayLink software with the Kensington sd400v dock
  32. Error message 2738 or property.CORENOTINSTALLED or VB script disabled when trying to install DisplayLink Software
  33. igfxext Module has stopped working when DisplayLink software is installed
  34. My DisplayLink wireless video device does not work
  35. Error message: Windows requires a digitally signed driver
  36. Blank DisplayLink Monitors on Windows 7 with Nvidia Latest Drivers

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