Hardware requirements for Windows 10

Aman Saha 21 Reputation points
2020-05-02T02:31:54.897+00:00

I have a PC with 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 1.60 Ghz Intel atom processor, DirectX 11 graphics with WDDM 1.0. Is my PC able to run Windows 10 32 bit v1909

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  1. Anonymous
    2020-05-02T02:35:15.93+00:00
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  1. Sean Liming 4,591 Reputation points
    2020-05-02T16:18:45.247+00:00

    What is the model number for the Intel Atom Processor?


  2. Don Cuthbert 411 Reputation points
    2020-05-03T05:32:36.21+00:00

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/minimum-hardware-requirements-overview/#31-processor

    Devices that run Windows 10 for desktop editions require a 1 GHz or faster processor or SoC that meets the following requirements:

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

    It sounds like your processor could even run 64-bit Windows 10, but it would be slow unless you can upgrade the RAM to 4 GB. An SSD would also speed it up, but investing in the additional RAM and SSD might not be worthwhile. For 64-bit you would need 2 GB RAM minimum.

    https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/35635/intel-atom-processor-230-512k-cache-1-60-ghz-533-mhz-fsb.html

    I have one very old 32-bit only CPU laptop that came with Windows XP originally. It has only 1.5 GB of RAM and a small HDD. It can run the latest Windows 10, but it is very very slow. The Intel display adapter has to use the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter driver, as the Intel driver no longer works with recent Windows 10 builds.

    If you have the disk space, you could always try installing Windows 10 to a small partition, as a dual-boot option, just to see how it runs. If you don't need anything on the PC, you could also just clean install Windows 10 to give it a try.