Windows 10 21H1 will no longer come as a major feature update of the year 2021. Rather, this will be a minor update to already in-use Windows operating systems i.e. version 2004 or 2009. Microsoft has already announced that this will come in the form of a cumulative update and replaces the existing ones. In this post, we will discuss the minimum processor, hardware, and system requirements to download and install Windows 10 21H1 to your device.
As this is merely an extension to Windows 10 version 20H1 or 20H2, there are no changes in the required hardware and processor. Usually, there is speculation of an increase in storage while upgrading to a new version of Windows 10. Rest assured, as the storage requirements for Windows 10 21H1 remain the same as that of version 1903/1909/2004/2009 i.e. a minimum of 32 GB.
The company has even announced that there won’t be any changes in the required device drivers either. However, if you are on an older version of Windows 10, read this article in detail before proceeding to download the iso file of version 21H1.
Minimum System Requirements for Windows 10 21H1
Before going to download/install Windows 10 21H1 on your device, make sure that you meet the following system requirements –
- RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit and 2 GB for 64-bit based computers
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster CPU/System-On-a-Chip (SoC)
- HDD Storage:
- For Fresh Installation: 32 GB for both 32-bit and 64-bit PCs
- For existing ones: 16 GB for 32-bit and 20+ GB for 64-bit
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with the support of WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display resolution: Minimum screen resolutions (800*600)
- Networking: Ethernet Adapter or WiFi
Other Requirements for Windows 10 version 21H1
Apart from the above basic system requirements, your PC must meet the below standards as well –
1. Processor Features
- Your PC must support either of the following architectures – x86, x64, or ARM64.
- If you are having a 64-bit PC, it must have the support of the following – CMPXCHG16b, LAHF/SAHF, and
- Besides, support for PAE, NX, and SSE2.
2. Intel Supported versions
Below are the supported versions from Intel for Windows 10 version 21H1 –
- Up to 10th Generation Intel Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9)
- Xeon SP 32xx, 42xx, 52xx, 62xx, and 82xx
- Atom (J4xxx/J5xxx and N4xxx/N5xxx)
- Xeon W-12xx/W-108xx
3. AMD supported versions
Here, are the AMD supported versions for Windows 10 21H1 –
- Up to AMD 7th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx)
- Athlon 2xx processors
- Ryzen 3/5/7/9 4xxx
- EPYC 7xxx
4. Qualcomm supported versions
Qualcomm supported versions for Windows 10 21H1 are as follows –
- Snapdragon 850
- Snapdragon 8CX
- Depth of at least 32 bits for each and every output
- The diagonal display Screen size must be at least 7-inches or larger.
- Storage controllers must support booting using the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and implement device paths as defined in EDD-3.
- Host controllers and adapters must meet the requirements for the device protocol used.
- Also supports the existing 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.
Since the hardware configuration remains identical to that of Windows 10 version 20H2, there won’t be an issue installing the 21H1 feature update to such PCs. However, Microsoft might put a hold on releasing this update to the computers that bear some compatibility issues.