What You Need to Run Windows 10 Version 2004

Windows 10 May 2020 Update desktop

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Windows 10 May 2020 Update is finally here, and users can download it either by manually checking for updates in Windows Update or using the Media Creation Tool.

However, there are two things that everybody must do before proceeding with the actual installation of the May 2020 Update: determine if their computers can run the new Windows 10 version and check out the known issues that Microsoft has already acknowledged.

A closer look at the known issues in Windows 10 May 2020 Update is available here.

So basically, before updating to version 2004, make sure that you also have a look at the system requirements for this new release. They are mostly similar to the ones for the previous Windows 10 feature updates (this means that if you’re running Windows 10 version 1909 you should be able to update just fine), but there are still a few things that you need to know.

First and foremost, let’s begin with the basic system requirements for running Windows 10 version 2004 and then scroll down to see more information:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster compatible processor or System on a Chip(SoC)
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard drive size: 32GB or larger hard disk
Note: See below under “More information on hard drive space to install or update Windows 10” for more details.
Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Display: 800×600

The most notable change for Windows 10 May 2020 Update is the storage requirement, as you now need at least 32GB to install the new version. This makes total sense, as Microsoft has added new functionality and the operating system eats more storage, so a larger hard disk should help run everything smoother, while also having enough storage for your own files.An Internet connection is not required for Windows 10, but it is recommended for things like updates. Furthermore, if you want to download apps from the Microsoft Store, there’s no other way to go but connecting to the Internet.

The S Mode, which Microsoft launched to restrict the operating system to Microsoft Store apps, also requires an Internet connection, as the company itself explains, not only for the initial setup, but also to upgrade to the full version of Windows 10.

“Windows 10 Pro in S mode, Windows 10 Pro Education in S mode, Windows 10 Education in S mode, and Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode require an internet connection during the initial device setup (Out of Box Experience or OOBE), as well as either a Microsoft account (MSA) or Azure Activity Directory (AAD) account. Switching a device out of Windows 10 in S mode also requires internet connectivity,” Microsoft says.

And of course, there are also features that require special hardware. For example, if you want to enable Windows Hello, you need special biometrics hardware to run it, such as a facial recognition camera that has been certified for this feature. However, this isn’t by any means different from the previous Windows 10 versions, so if you previously used all of these, you should be able to enjoy the full experience in Windows 10 May 2020 Update as well.

You can check out the full list of requirements (special hardware for dedicated features) in the box after the jump for additional information.

Microsoft always recommends users coming from previous Windows versions, such as Windows 7, to purchase a new PC in order to benefit from the entire Windows 10 experience, especially as these come with new-generation hardware to enable the full feature package.

Feature-specific Requirements For Windows 10

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