Your PC Might Not Be Able to Run Windows 10 1903 as Microsoft Raises System Requirements After Years

Rafia Shaikh
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Since introducing Windows 10 in 2015, the system requirements to run Microsoft's latest desktop operating system have remained the same. Microsoft is finally bringing some changes to these requirements with the release of Windows 10 May 2019 Update aka version 1903.

In an updated advisory, Microsoft lists the following specs as the minimum system requirements, making some necessary changes to storage requirements:

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RAM 1GB for 32 bit,  2GB for 64 bit
Hard disk space For Windows 10 1809 and earlier:
  • 16 GB for 32 bit and 20 GB for 64 bit

For Windows 10 1903:

  • 32 GB or greater
CPU 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC that meet 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
Screen resolution 800 x 600
Graphics Microsoft DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

Microsoft hasn't officially explained why it has made this change in storage requirements, making 32 GB a minimum requirement. However, it is highly likely that this change is due to a Windows 10 1903 feature that will reserve nearly 7 GB exclusively for Windows updates and system cache. Even without this feature, people have often asked the company to upgrade these minimum storage requirements to make sure devices can actually run Windows 10 and not just install it.

With Windows 10 May 2019 Update, Microsoft is also being cautious about what devices can seamlessly run the latest operating system to reduce any update issues later on. Windows maker has historically set a low bar for latest versions, causing issues on a huge number of older devices. This latest Windows 10 update might end up helping the company in the long run in avoiding the update-related phobia.

Microsoft is also trying to come up with strategies that help the company gain back user confidence over its update process. Windows 10 October 2018 Update hasn't yet been adopted by many in the public as users are wary of forced updates and update-related performance issues. The company is hoping that by baking Windows 10 May 2019 Update longer than usual in the Slow ring and introducing new policies around the update process will finally help it get rid of this current situation where users are actively avoiding latest updates because of compatibility and performance issues.

- Still not sold? Here's how you can temporarily block the upcoming W10 update | Can't wait? Here's how to get version 1903 before everyone else!

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