PCs, laptops and tablets should meet the minimum requirements to make sure they’re completely secure.

Microsoft has released advice for Windows 10 users on how to make sure the system they’re using is as secure as it can be. This includes not just ensuring their security software and system firmware are regularly updated, but also making sure their hardware is as up to date as it can be.

“Systems must be on the latest, certified silicon chip for the current release of Windows,” the guidance said, referring to Intel’s Core i3, i5, i7, i9, M3, and Xeon processors, plus its Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium processors. 

Microsoft also said any system should support 64-bit architecture to make sure users can take advantage of virtualisation-based security (VBS) features, which requires the Windows hypervisor to work and must have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), version 2.0 installed.

Other requirements set out by Microsoft include implementing cryptographically verified platform boot, with 8GB or more of system RAM.

“These standards are for general purpose desktops, laptops, tablets, 2-in-1’s, mobile workstations, and desktops,” the company said in its advisory.

“This topic applies specifically and uniquely for Windows 10 version 1709, Fall Creators Update. Windows security features are enabled when you meet or exceed these standards and your device is able to provide a highly secure experience.”

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