Microsoft releases new criteria of 'highly secure' Windows 10 devices

Check here the new standards of a dependable and safe Windows 10 desktop, laptop or tablet as Microsoft revealed.

Microsoft Corporation has listed the new standards for "highly secure" Windows 10 devices including general purpose desktop, laptop, tablet, 2-in-1, mobile workstations and desktop. The company has included the bare minimum hardware and software requirements only for this system.

Users have to take note that these standards are not generally applicable to all Windows 10 versions. Microsoft is even specific to single out Window 10 1709 or the Fall Creators Update.

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The cloud giant zeroes in on six categories for hardware requirements. From the looks of it, many Windows device owners could fall short of the minimum criteria since most of them are actually newly developed technologies, the 7th generation processors for instance.

Even so, this new listing can largely help users decide which Windows devices to buy in the future.

Processor generation
  • Intel 7th generation Processors (Intel i3/i5/i7/i9-7x), Core M3-7xxx and Xeon E3-xxxx and current Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium Processors
  • AMD through the 7th generation processors (A Series Ax-9xxx, E-Series Ex-9xxx, FX-9xxx)
Processor architectureVirtualization-based security (VBS) features require the Windows hypervisor, which is only supported on 64-bit IA processors, or ARM v8.2 CPUs
  • For IOMMU, the system must have Intel VT-d, AMD-Vi, or ARM64 SMMUs
  • For SLAT, the system must have Intel Vt-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT), or AMD-v with Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI)
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)Intel (PTT), AMD, or discrete TPM from Infineon, STMicroelectronics, Nuvoton
Platform boot verificationIntel Boot Guard in Verified Boot mode, or AMD Hardware Verified Boot, or an OEM equivalent mode with similar functionality
RAMSystems must have 8 gigabytes or more of system RAM

In terms of the firmware, Microsoft has not been particularly specific. Check the components for firmware standards via this link.