When upgrading from one version of Windows 10 to the next, usually, there are no differences in hardware requirements. The last significant change in the requirements happened with version 1903, where Microsoft increased the minimum storage requirement to 32GB. However, the change was only meant for new devices or if you’re trying to perform a clean installation of the 32-bit or 64-bit version. If the computer has less than 32GB and already runs an older version of Windows 10, it’ll continue to upgrade without issues. You can check all the new features available with the October 2020 Update in this comprehensive guide.

Windows 10 20H2 system requirements

Processor: 1GHz or faster CPU or System on a Chip (SoC). RAM: 1GB requirement for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit. Hard drive: 16GB for 32-bit and 20GB for 64-bit (existing installs) or 32GB clean install. Graphics: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver. Display resolution: 800×600 minimum requirement. Networking: Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter.

Windows 10 20H2 hardware support

Here are the minimum processor (Intel and AMD) and hardware recommendations when installing version 20H2:

Processor features

Compatible with the x86 or x64 instruction set. Support for PAE, NX, and SSE2. Support for CMPXCHG16b, LAHF/SAHF, and PrefetchW for 64-bit OS installation.

Intel processor support

Up to 10th Generation Intel Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9-10xxx). Intel Xeon W-12xx/W-108xx. Intel Xeon SP 32xx, 42xx, 52xx, 62xx, and 82xx. Intel Atom (J4xxx/J5xxx and N4xxx/N5xxx). Celeron. Pentium.

AMD processor support

Up to AMD 7th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx). AMD Athlon 2xx processors. AMD Ryzen 3/5/7/9 4xxx. AMD Opteron. AMD EPYC 7xxx.

Qualcomm processor support 

Snapdragon 850. Snapdragon 8CX.

Storage support

Storage controllers must support booting using the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and implement device paths as defined in EDD-3. Storage host controllers and adapters must meet the requirements for the device protocol used and any requirements related to the device storage bus type. Bus-attached controllers must implement the correct class/subclass code as specified in the PCI Codes and Assignments v1.6 specification.

Display support

Depth of 32 bits on each output simultaneously. Minimum diagonal display size for the primary display of 7-inches or larger.

If you’re upgrading from an older version of Windows 10, the new feature update should install in the same hardware configuration whether you use the Windows Update, Media Creation Tool, Update Assistant, or ISO file, since the requirements haven’t changed. However, you should consider that Microsoft is rolling out version 20H2 gradually and placing a temporary block on computers that are not yet compatible, which means that you may not see it right away. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.