Windows Processor Requirements

This specification details the processors that can be used with Customer Systems that include Windows Products (including Custom Images). Updates to this specification may be released in the future as requirements change.

For each listed edition, Company must use only the processors listed, as specified in the table below. The requirements below apply whenever the edition below is pre-installed or provided on external media, including as downgrade or down edition software.

For clarity, Company must also meet all processor and other requirements specified in Minimum Hardware Requirements for Windows 10, located at https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/hardware/dn915086(v=vs.85).aspx (or updated URL).

If after the inclusion of a processor series in this specification (“Listed Processor”), a processor becomes commercially available that uses the same naming convention or identifier as a Listed Processor but has additional or different features or functionality (“New Processor”), Company must not use New Processor for Customer Systems without Microsoft’s prior written permission. If Company believes a processor has been omitted from this list, please contact Company’s Microsoft OEM or ODM Account Manager.

Some product editions or edition/processor configurations listed below may have no or limited support. Information on support is available at Microsoft Support Policy (https://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle) and Microsoft Lifecycle FAQ (https://support.microsoft.com/help/18581).

Windows Client Edition Processor table

Windows Edition Intel Processors AMD Processors Qualcomm Processors
Windows 7 and earlier editions Up through the following Intel 6th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7-6xxx, Core m3/m5/m7-6xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v5) and through series equivalent Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors Up through the following AMD 6th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-8xxx & E-Series Ex-8xxx & FX-870K) N/A
Windows 8.1 Up through the following Intel 6th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7-6xxx, Core m3/m5/m7-6xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v5) and through series equivalent Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors Up through the following AMD 6th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-8xxx & E-Series Ex-8xxx & FX-870K) N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 1507 Up through the following Intel 6th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7-6xxx, Core m3/m5/m7-6xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v5) and through series equivalent Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors Up through the following AMD 6th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-8xxx & E-Series Ex-8xxx & FX-870K) N/A
Windows 10 1511 Up through the following Intel 7th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7-7xxx, Core m3-7xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v6) and through current Intel Atom, Celeron, and Pentium Processors Up through the following AMD 7th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx) N/A
Windows 10 1607 Up through the following Intel 7th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9-7xxx, Core m3-7xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v6) and through current Intel Atom, Celeron, and Pentium Processors Up through the following AMD 7th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx) N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 1607 Up through the following Intel 7th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9-7xxx, Core m3-7xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v6) and through current Intel Atom, Celeron, and Pentium Processors Up through the following AMD 7th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx) N/A
Windows 10 1703 Up through the following Intel 7th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9-7xxx, Core m3-7xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v6), 8th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7-8xxxU) and through current 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), and AMD Ryzen 3/5/7 2xxx N/A
Windows 10 1709 Up through the following Intel 8th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7-8xxxK/U/G), Xeon E3-xxxx v6, and through current 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 Ryzen 3/5/7 2xxx, AMD Opteron and AMD EPYC 7xxxx Processors Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Windows 10 1803 Up through the following Intel 8th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7-8xxxK/U/G), 7th Generation Xeon E3-xxxx v6, and through current 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 Ryzen 3/5/7 2xxx, AMD Opteron and AMD EPYC 7xxxx Processors Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Windows IoT Core Processor table

Windows Edition Intel Processors Qualcomm Processor Broadcom
Windows 10 1703 Up through currently enabled Intel Joule, Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors* Up through currently enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors* Up through currently enabled Broadcom Processors*
Windows 10 1709 Up through currently enabled Intel Joule, Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors* Up through currently enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors* Up through currently enabled Broadcom Processors*
Windows 10 1803 Up through currently enabled Intel Joule, Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors* Up through currently enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors* Up through currently enabled Broadcom Processors*

*Information on which processors are currently enabled is available at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/iot-core/learn-about-hardware/socsandcustomboards

Windows IoT Enterprise / Embedded Processor table

Windows Edition Intel Processors AMD Processors
Windows Embedded Products (e.g., Windows Embedded Standard, Windows CE, POS Ready, 7 FES, 8.1 Industry Pro) Up through the following Intel 6th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7-6xxxx, Core m3/m5/m7-6xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v5) and through series equivalent Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors Up through the following AMD 6th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-8xxx & E-Series Ex-8xxx & FX-870K)
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 1507 Up through the following Intel 6th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7-6xxxx, Core m3/m5/m7-6xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v5) and through series equivalent Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors Up through the following AMD 6th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-8xxx & E-Series Ex-8xxx & FX-870K)
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 1607 Up through the following Intel 7th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9-7xxxx, Core m3-7xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v6), through series equivalent Intel Atom, Celeron, and Pentium Processors, and Intel 8th Generation Embedded Processors Up through the following AMD 7th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx)
Windows 10 Enterprise CBB 1607 Up through the following Intel 7th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9-7xxxx, Core m3-7xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v6) and through series equivalent Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors Up through the following AMD 7th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx)
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC 1703 Up through the following Intel 7th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9-7xxx, Core m3-7xxx, and Xeon E3-xxxx v6), 8th Generation Processors (Intel Core i7-8xxxU) and through current 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), and AMD Ryzen 3/5/7 2xxx
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC 1709 Up through the following Intel 8th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7-8xxxK/U/G) and through current 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), and AMD Ryzen 3/5/7 2xxx
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC 1803 Up through the following Intel 8th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7-8xxxK/U/G) and through current 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), and AMD Ryzen 3/5/7 2xxx

Windows Server

Windows Edition Intel Processors AMD Processors
Windows Server 2012 R2* Up through the following Intel 7th Generation Processors (Intel Core i3-7xxxx/Celeron/Pentium; Xeon E3 v6; Xeon SP 31xx, 41xx, 51xx, 61xx, and 81xx; and Xeon D 15xx), and Atom C33xx Up through the following AMD 7th generation processors (AMD A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx), AMD Ryzen Family, and AMD EPYC 7xxxx
Windows Server 2016** Up through the following Intel 7th Generation Processors (Core i3-7xxxx/Celeron/Pentium; Xeon E3 v6; Xeon E21xx; Xeon SP 31xx, 41xx, 51xx, 61xx, and 81xx; and Xeon D 15xx), and Atom C33xx Up through the following AMD 7th generation processors (AMD A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx), AMD Ryzen Family, and AMD EPYC 7xxxx

*Company may submit for certification (in the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program) Customer Systems running Windows Server 2012R2 and the identified processors until December 31, 2018; after such date, no new Customer Systems will be certified running Windows Server 2012R2.

** Microsoft continues to evaluate the processor list and potential end dates for certification (in the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program) for Customer Systems running Windows Server 2016.

Additional Resources

Windows Server 2016 System Requirements

Comparison of Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2016

Windows 10 Systems Requirements

Download the Windows Server 2016 licensing datasheet