Standards for a highly secure Windows 10 device

These standards are for general purpose laptops, tablets, 2-in-1’s, mobile workstations, and desktops. This topic applies specifically and uniquely for Windows 10 version 1709, Fall Creators Update. Windows security features are enabled when you meet or exceed these standards and your device is able to provide a highly secure experience.

Beyond the hardware and firmware configurations outlined below, Microsoft recommends running Windows 10 S for security and performance. Windows 10 S allows safeguards such as only running apps that are verified from Windows Store, and it uses the most secure browser--Microsoft Edge--by default.

Hardware

Feature Requirement Details
Processor generation Systems must be on the latest, certified silicon chip for the current release of Windows
  • Intel 7th generation processors (Intel i3/i5/i7/i9-7x), Core M3-7xxx , Xeon E3-xxxx, and Xeon E5-xxxx Processors
  • AMD 7th generation processors (A Series Ax-9xxx, E-Series Ex-9xxx, FX-9xxx)
Process architecture Systems must have a processor that supports 64-bit instructions Virtualization-based security (VBS) features require the Windows hypervisor, which is only supported on 64-bit IA processors, or ARM v8.2 CPUs
Virtualization
  • Systems must have a processor that supports Input-Output Memory Management Unit (IOMMU) device virtualization and all I/O devices must be protected by IOMMU/SMMU
  • Systems must also have virtual machine extensions with second level address translation (SLAT)
  • The presence of these hardware virtualization features must be unmasked and reported as supported by the system firmware, and these features must be available for the operating system to use
  • For IOMMU, the system must have Intel VT-d, AMD-Vi, or ARM64 SMMUs
  • For SLAT, the system must have Intel Vt-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT), or AMD-v with Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI)
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Systems must have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), version 2.0, and meet the latest Microsoft requirements for the Trusted Computing Group(TCG) specification Intel (PTT), AMD, or discrete TPM from Infineon, STMicroelectronics, Nuvoton
Platform boot verification Systems must implement cryptographically verified platform boot Intel Boot Guard in Verified Boot mode, or AMD Hardware Verified Boot, or an OEM equivalent mode with similar functionality
RAM Systems must have 8 gigabytes or more of system RAM

Firmware

Feature Requirement Details
Standard Systems must have firmware that implements Unified Extension Firmware Interface (UEFI) version 2.4 or later For more information, see United Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware requirements and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Forum specifications
Class Systems must have firmware that implements UEFI Class 2 or UEFI Class 3 For more information, see Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Forum specifications
Code integrity All drivers shipped inbox must be Hypervisor-based Code Integrity (HVCI) compliant For more information, see the Enable virtualization-based isolation for Code Integrity section of Driver compatibility with Device Guard in Windows 10
Secure boot System's firmware must support UEFI Secure Boot and must have UEFI Secure Boot enabled by default For more informaion, see UEFI firmware requirements and Secure Boot
Secure MOR System's firmware must implement Secure MOR revision 2 For more information, see Secure MOR implementation
Update mechanism Systems must support the Windows UEFI Firmware Capsule Update specification For more information, see Windows UEFI firmware update platform