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Microsoft updates Windows 10 CPU requirements for the October 2018 Update

While Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 October 2018 Update a couple of days ago due to files going missing upon upgrading, the update is still coming, and the firm has updated its Windows Processor Requirements page for the new version of the OS. The main change is that it now supports Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 850 chipset.

For standard versions of Windows 10 version 1809, it officially supports up to 8th-gen Intel Core processors (presumably this will soon be updated for the ninth-gen chips that were announced today), along with current Atom, Celeron, and Pentium processors. In the AMD family, it supports up to 7th-gen processors (A-series Ax-9xxx, E-series Ex-9xxx, and FX-9xxx), Athlon 2xx, and Ryzen 2xxx. And of course, it supports the Snapdragon 850.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations and Enterprise also gets options for up to Intel's 7th-gen Xeon CPUs, along with AMD's Opteron and EPYC chips. It's worth noting that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 is not supported by the new LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) release of Windows 10 Enterprise.

The options for Windows 10 IoT Core (SAC and LTSC) haven't changed on the official page, although support for NXP processors is coming soon, including the i.MX 6, 7, and 8M families. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise shows support for up to 8th-gen Inel Core processors, Atom, Celeron, and Pentium, along with AMD 7th-gen and Ryzen chips.

Finally, Windows Server 2019 lists support for up to seventh-gen Intel processors, including Core, Celeron, Pentium, Atom, and all flavors of Xeon. The AMD chips supported by Windows Server 2019 include 7th-gen chips, Ryzen, and EPYC.

It's also worth noting that while not much has changed in the Semi-Annual Channel except for Snapdragon 850 support, things have changed in the LTSC channel. The last Windows 10 LTSC release was version 1607, and that only supported up to 7th-gen Intel Core and Xeon chips, and only up to AMD 7th-gen CPUs, so there's no Ryzen support.

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