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 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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