Windows 10 V190x: Microsoft changed CPU requirements

[German]Microsoft has probably changed last week the Windows Processor Requirements für Windows 10 Version 1903 and for the upcoming Windows 10 Version 1909.


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The Microsoft Windows Processor Requirements list still bears a date November 6 2018. But MS Power User noticed that Microsoft has changed entries for Windows 10 version 1903 and has added entries for Windows 10 version 1909.

On the Intel side, Microsoft supports Xeon E-22xx as well as 10th generation core processors. There is also support for Atom J4xxx/J5xxx and N4xxx/N5xxx, Celeron and Pentium, although certain models of Celeron and Pentium are not listed. An Intel 10th-gen is listed as Core i3/i5/i7/i7/i9-10xxx, although there is no Core i9 of the 10th generation yet.

AMD CPUs still support the company’s seventh generation processors, including the A-Series, E-Series and FX-9000, as well as Athlon 2xx, Opteron and EPYC 7xxx. New for AMD is support for Ryzen 3xxx CPUs, where previously only Ryzen 2xxx processors were listed.

For Qualcomm CPUs, Windows 10 Version 1903 previously supported Snapdragon 850, but Microsoft now states that Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 8cx are supported. However, MSPU points out that this is a typo on the Microsoft side, because the Snapdragon 855 is not a PC chipset, but is used for smartphones. MSPU suspects that Microsoft wanted to add support for Snapdragon 850 (the PC chipset is based on Snapdragon 845), but then wrote 855. Here’s the excerpt from the list where I have specified the Snapdragon 850 as CPU – so use the table with care.

Win 10 Version

Intel Processors AMD Processors Qualcomm Processors
1903 Up through the following 10th Generation Intel Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9-10xxx), and Intel Xeon E-22xx[1], Intel Atom (J4xxx/J5xxx and N4xxx/N5xxx), Celeron and Pentium Processors Up through the following AMD 7th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx); AMD Athlon 2xx processors, AMD Ryzen 3/5/7 3xxx, AMD Opteron[2] and AMD EPYC 7xxx[2] Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 and 8cx
1909 Up through the following 10th Generation Intel Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9-10xxx), and Intel Xeon E-22xx[1], Intel Atom (J4xxx/J5xxx and N4xxx/N5xxx), Celeron and Pentium Processors Up through the following AMD 7th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx); AMD Athlon 2xx processors, AMD Ryzen 3/5/7 3xxx, AMD Opteron[2] and AMD EPYC 7xxx[2] Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 and 8cx

[1] Intel Xeon processors are supported on Windows 10 Pro for Workstations and Windows 10 Enterprise only


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[2] AMD Opteron and AMD EPYC processors are supported on Windows 10 Pro for Workstations and Windows 10 Enterprise only


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