Windows 10 1909, or the November 2019 Update, is expected to be released to the public next week on Patch Tuesday. While you can already install this new version before everyone, as usual we wouldn't recommend doing that unless you are sure you can deal with any unknown bugs.
As for the basic system requirements for this upcoming feature update, since introducing Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft hasn't made any significant changes. The Windows maker introduced some storage changes to these requirements with the release of Windows 10 May 2019 Update aka version 1903 earlier this year. However, a few weeks after the release, the company clarified that even those machine that do not meet these storage requirements will be able to run version 1903.
Since Windows 10 1909 aka the November 2019 Update is nothing but an extension of version 1903, bringing no major features and focusing entirely on performance improvements and bug fixes, the same requirements apply to this version too. Do, however, note that Microsoft had shared some processor requirements for its OEM partners.
System requirements for installing Windows 10 1909
|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|
For the hardware requirements, you can check our earlier coverage over here.
As for the 32GB requirement, we had noted at the time that it could very well be because of the operating system now reserving 7GB exclusively for Windows updates and system use. But that isn't happening for every machine that's upgrading to version 1903. [You can confirm using steps shared in this guide.] Even without this feature, people had often asked the company to upgrade these minimum storage requirements to make sure devices can actually run Windows 10 and not just install it.
Since the release of Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, last year, Microsoft has been trying to come up with strategies that could help the company earn back user trust in its update process. Windows 10 May 2019 Update proved to be a much stable update but then was hit by bugs brought by cumulative updates. The adoption rate is finally going up now that Microsoft has cleared all the bugs and people are rushing to upgrade to it before the next version drops.
As for the next update, Windows 10 1909 will be a small update delivered like a monthly cumulative update to those running version 1903, causing minimal, if any, disruption. The company is focusing on the development of Windows 10 20H1 for new features, hopefully delivering bug-free feature updates that don't push users to actively avoid them because of compatibility and performance issues.
- Can't wait? Here's how to get version 1909 before everyone else! | reminder: Windows 7 breathing its last; 2.5 months left to upgrade for free