Windows 10 20H2, October 2020 Update, has the same hardware requirements (processor, memory, and storage) as the May 2020 Update.
When upgrading from one version of Windows 10 to the next, usually, there’s not differences in hardware requirements. The last significant change in the requirements happened with the release of 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 it’s already running an older version of Windows 10, then 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
Here are the system requirements for Windows 10 20H2:
|Windows 10 20H2 system requirements|
|Processor||1GHz or faster CPU or System on a Chip (SoC)|
|RAM||1GB for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit|
|Hard drive space||Existing installations: 16GB for 32-bit or 20GB for 64-bit|
Clean install or new PC: 32GB or larger
|Graphics||DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver|
|Networking||Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter|
These are the most up-to-date processor requirements to install Windows 10:
|Windows 10 20H2 processor, storage, display support|
|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||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)
|AMD||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 EPYC 7xxx
|Storage||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||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 change. 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.