Processor requirements for Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909 updated by Microsoft

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft updated the processor requirements for Windows 10 version 1903 and Windows 10 version 1909.
  • The updated list includes several newer chips, including Intel's 10th Gen processors and Ryzen 3xxx CPUs.
  • The updated list seems to mistakenly include the Snapdragon 855, which isn't a PC chip.

Microsoft recently updated its list of processor requirements for Windows 10 (opens in new tab) versions 1903 and 1909 (via Neowin). The list now includes newer Intel, ARM, and Ryzen CPUs. The updated requirements apply to both Windows 10 version 1903 and Windows 10 version 1909, even though version 1903 has been out for months.

On the Intel side of things, the processor requirements now include all Intel 10th Gen processors, including Intel Core i3, i5, i7, and i9-10xx. They also include Intel Xeon E-22xx, Intel Atom (J4xxx/J5xxx, and N4xxx/N5xxx), Celeron and Pentium Processors.

The AMD portion of the list now includes Ryzen 3xxx CPUs and AMD processors up to and including AMD 7th Gen processors.

As Neowin points out, the ARM list seems to potentially include a mistake. It currently lists the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and 8cx. Windows 10 version 1903 previously listed the Snapdragon 850, which makes more sense as the Snapdragon 850 is a chip designed to work with PCs. We'll keep our eyes out to see if this is updated in the future.

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9 Comments
  • Would be good if you put the link to the full list of the supported processors in the article. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/windows...
  • This article is by Sean Endicott, he secretly does not like Windows Central otherwise I so no need to omit the source. He used to be the writer for WinBeta (now known as onMSFT)
  • The link was added in. I love WC. I've written here for years and plan to be here a long time.
  • Microsoft called the page - "Windows Processor Requirements" 😶...
  • I hope 1909 fixes the Windows 10 core scheduling issues with Ryzen 3rd Gen. Also the source page lists the date as 11th Jun 2018... 😶 a last updated date stamp would've been helpful.
  • The desire to stick with Microsoft-branded computers over 3rd party ones is because of the proprietary drivers and software needed to be installed after a factory reset.
    You can't just go to the reset menu and do a clean install because you need the drivers and software associate with the brand for the computer to function properly.
  • Not a problem on all oem pc's however, e.g. hp allows you to easily update drivers through their hp assistant application. I would guess Dell has one too and maybe Asus? Even than it is not always a problem since Windows update can get most drivers.
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