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 tables 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, located at https://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/design/minimum/minimum-hardware-requirements-overview (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.

The processors listed in the tables below, represent the latest processor generations and models which are supported for the listed Windows Edition.

Some product editions or edition/processor configurations listed below may have no or limited support. Information on support is available at Microsoft Support Policy and Microsoft Lifecycle FAQ. For specific hardware support, please refer to your Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) provider.

Windows Client Edition Processors

Windows Edition AMD Processors Intel Processors Qualcomm Processors
Windows 7 and earlier editions Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors N/A
Windows 8.1 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 1507 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors N/A
Windows 10 1511 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors N/A
Windows 10 1607 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 1607 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors N/A
Windows 10 1703 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors N/A
Windows 10 1709 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors Supported Qualcomm Processors
Windows 10 1803 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors Supported Qualcomm Processors
Windows 10 1809 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors Supported Qualcomm Processors
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 1809 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors N/A
Windows 10 1903 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors Supported Qualcomm Processors
Windows 10 1909 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors Supported Qualcomm Processors
Windows 10 2004 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors Supported Qualcomm Processors
Windows 10 20H2 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors Supported Qualcomm Processors
Windows 10 21H1 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors Supported Qualcomm Processors
Windows 11 Supported AMD Processors Supported Intel Processors Supported Qualcomm Processors

Windows IoT Core Processors

Windows Edition Intel Processors Qualcomm Processor Broadcom NXP Processors
Windows 10 1703 Up through currently enabled Intel Joule, Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors[3] Up through currently enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors[3] Up through currently enabled Broadcom Processors[3] N/A
Windows 10 1709 Up through currently enabled Intel Joule, Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors[3] Up through currently enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors[3] Up through currently enabled Broadcom Processors[3] N/A
Windows 10 1803 Up through currently enabled Intel Joule, Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors[3] Up through currently enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors[3] Up through currently enabled Broadcom Processors[3] N/A
Windows 10 IoT Core 1809 (SAC) Up through currently enabled Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors[3] Up through currently enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors[3] Up through currently enabled Broadcom Processors[3] Up through currently enabled NXP i.MXProcessors[3]
Windows 10 IoT Core 1809 (LTSC) Up through currently enabled Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors[3] Up through currently enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors[3] Up through currently enabled Broadcom Processors[3] Up through currently enabled NXP i.MXProcessors[3]

[3] Information on which processors are currently enabled is available at </windows/iot-core/learn-about-hardware/socsandcustomboards>

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

Review the Windows Client Edition Processors support matrix above for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

NOTE: The processor support matrix only reflects the core OS support for the processor. There may be other dependencies like hardware-specific drivers which are not reflected in this matrix. Please contact your OEM or processor manufacturer for hardware-specific support.

Windows Server Processors

Windows Edition Intel Processors AMD Processors Hygon Processors[6]
Windows Server 2012 R2[4] Up through the following 7th Generation Intel Processors (Intel Core i3-7xxx/Celeron/Pentium; Xeon E3 v6); Xeon SP 32xx, 42xx, 52xx, 62xx, and 82xx; 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, AMD EPYC 7xx1, AMD EPYC 7xx2, and AMD EPYC 7xx3 N/A
Windows Server 2016[5] Up through the following 9th Generation Intel Processors (Core i3-9xxx, Pentium G5xxx, Celeron G49xx); Xeon E22xx; Xeon SP 32xx, 43xx, 53xx, 63xx, and 83xx; Xeon D 21xx; 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, AMD EPYC 7xx1, AMD EPYC 7xx2, and AMD EPYC 7xx3 N/A
Windows Server 2019 Up through the following 9th Generation Intel Processors (Core i3-9xxx, Pentium G5xxx, Celeron G49xx); Xeon E22xx; Xeon SP 32xx, 43xx, 53xx, 63xx, and 83xx; Xeon D 21xx; 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, AMD EPYC 7xx1, AMD EPYC 7xx2, and AMD EPYC 7xx3 Hygon C86 7xxx

[4] 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.

[5] 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.

[6] China Market Only

NOTE: The list of supported processors above does not in itself determine Microsoft support for Windows Server. The listing is a prerequisite for system certification. Only systems based on the above approved processors can be certified for Windows Server.

Additional Resources

Windows Server support and installation instructions for the AMD Rome family of processors

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