Windows 10: AMD ATHLON II install

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  1.    02 Sep 2015 #1

    AMD ATHLON II install

    I have an old HP desktop PC with an AMD ATHLON II x2 processor however did not actually come up with an upgrade notification. However I have borrowed a USB with the setup files already on it (because my internet is not optimal at the moment) .has anyone had any success installing on this processor. Can post all specs if needed but is Also 64 bit compatible. Just wanted to check before trying to install
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  2. Posts : 1,889
    Win 10 X64 Pro 1803 17751.1
       02 Sep 2015 #2

    What's your exact CPU?

    Microsoft confirms some older AMD processors do not support Windows 8.1

    The link is for Windows 8.1, but the problem carries over to 10. Since 8.1 (not 8), MS has required support for the CMPXCHG16b instruction.

    The QL60 CPU in my old (2008) laptop supported the upgrade. I had to do some fiddling about with drivers to completely support all the hardware, though.
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  3.    02 Sep 2015 #3

    My desktop has a Althon II X2 260 Processor 3.2 GHz and I have not had any problems running Windows 10.
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  4.    02 Sep 2015 #4

    rno2 said: View Post
    My desktop has a Althon II X2 260 Processor 3.2 GHz and I have not had any problems running Windows 10.
    32 or 64?

    From the comments on the link bobkn posted it would appear that 32bit (x86) installs will work but not 64?
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  5.    02 Sep 2015 #5

    It is a 64 with support for 32.
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  6.    02 Sep 2015 #6

    Noted, I still have my old Athlon II x2 64 kicking around somewhere. Thanks
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  7.    02 Sep 2015 #7

    Cheers For the replies so far. Its running windows 7 home 64 bit at the moment however has only 2 gb ram so would be installing the 32 bit version of 10 most likely. CPU is AMD Athlon II X2 215 / 2.7 GHz
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 1803 17751.1
       02 Sep 2015 #8

    Xman20 said: View Post
    Cheers For the replies so far. Its running windows 7 home 64 bit at the moment however has only 2 gb ram so would be installing the 32 bit version of 10 most likely. CPU is AMD Athlon II X2 215 / 2.7 GHz
    As far as I can see from its spec sheet, the Athlon II X2 215 meets all the requirements for Windows 10, with the possible exception of CMPXCHG16b, which is only needed for X64. I'm not sure that it doesn't support CMPXCHG16b, but I haven't seen strong verification of that yet. As it was released in late 2009 (Wikipedia), I expect that it's OK.

    Go for it.
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       02 Sep 2015 #9

    Windows 10 x86 requires NX, PAE, SSE2, and in addition, Windows 10 x64 needs CMPXCHG16 in the CPU instruction set -download the Microsoft Sysinternals Coreinfo utility here:


    Run from an elevated command prompt (as Admin), Coreinfo will tell you if your processor has the necessary functions to run Windows 10 32 or 64 bit marked with an asterisk:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600](c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    Coreinfo v3.2 - Dump information on system CPU and memory topology
    Copyright (C) 2008-2012 Mark Russinovich
    Sysinternals -
    AMD E-300 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
    AMD64 Family 20 Model 2 Stepping 0, AuthenticAMD
    HTT             *       Multicore
    HYPERVISOR      -       Hypervisor is present
    VMX             -       Supports Intel hardware-assisted virtualization
    SVM             *       Supports AMD hardware-assisted virtualization
    EM64T           *       Supports 64-bit mode
    SMX             -       Supports Intel trusted execution
    SKINIT          *       Supports AMD SKINIT
    NX              *       Supports no-execute page protection
    SMEP            -       Supports Supervisor Mode Execution Prevention
    SMAP            -       Supports Supervisor Mode Access Prevention
    PAGE1GB         *       Supports 1 GB large pages
    PAE             *       Supports > 32-bit physical addresses
    PAT             *       Supports Page Attribute Table
    PSE             *       Supports 4 MB pages
    PSE36           *       Supports > 32-bit address 4 MB pages
    PGE             *       Supports global bit in page tables
    SS              -       Supports bus snooping for cache operations
    VME             *       Supports Virtual-8086 mode
    RDWRFSGSBASE    -       Supports direct GS/FS base access
    FPU             *       Implements i387 floating point instructions
    MMX             *       Supports MMX instruction set
    MMXEXT          *       Implements AMD MMX extensions
    3DNOW           -       Supports 3DNow! instructions
    3DNOWEXT        -       Supports 3DNow! extension instructions
    SSE             *       Supports Streaming SIMD Extensions
    SSE2            *       Supports Streaming SIMD Extensions 2
    SSE3            *       Supports Streaming SIMD Extensions 3
    SSSE3           *       Supports Supplemental SIMD Extensions 3
    SSE4.1          -       Supports Streaming SIMD Extensions 4.1
    SSE4.2          -       Supports Streaming SIMD Extensions 4.2
    AES             -       Supports AES extensions
    AVX             -       Supports AVX intruction extensions
    FMA             -       Supports FMA extensions using YMM state
    MSR             *       Implements RDMSR/WRMSR instructions
    MTRR            *       Supports Memory Type Range Registers
    XSAVE           -       Supports XSAVE/XRSTOR instructions
    OSXSAVE         -       Supports XSETBV/XGETBV instructions
    RDRAND          -       Supports RDRAND instruction
    RDSEED          -       Supports RDSEED instruction
    CMOV            *       Supports CMOVcc instruction
    CLFSH           *       Supports CLFLUSH instruction
    CX8             *       Supports compare and exchange 8-byte instructions
    CX16            *       Supports CMPXCHG16B instruction
    BMI1            -       Supports bit manipulation extensions 1
    BMI2            -       Supports bit maniuplation extensions 2
    ADX             -       Supports ADCX/ADOX instructions
    DCA             -       Supports prefetch from memory-mapped device
    F16C            -       Supports half-precision instruction
    FXSR            *       Supports FXSAVE/FXSTOR instructions
    FFXSR           *       Supports optimized FXSAVE/FSRSTOR instruction
    MONITOR         *       Supports MONITOR and MWAIT instructions
    MOVBE           -       Supports MOVBE instruction
    ERMSB           -       Supports Enhanced REP MOVSB/STOSB
    PCLULDQ         -       Supports PCLMULDQ instruction
    POPCNT          *       Supports POPCNT instruction
    SEP             *       Supports fast system call instructions
    LAHF-SAHF       *       Supports LAHF/SAHF instructions in 64-bit mode
    HLE             -       Supports Hardware Lock Elision instructions
    RTM             -       Supports Restricted Transactional Memory instructions
    DE              *       Supports I/O breakpoints including CR4.DE
    DTES64          -       Can write history of 64-bit branch addresses
    DS              -       Implements memory-resident debug buffer
    DS-CPL          -       Supports Debug Store feature with CPL
    PCID            -       Supports PCIDs and settable CR4.PCIDE
    INVPCID         -       Supports INVPCID instruction
    PDCM            -       Supports Performance Capabilities MSR
    RDTSCP          *       Supports RDTSCP instruction
    TSC             *       Supports RDTSC instruction
    TSC-DEADLINE    -       Local APIC supports one-shot deadline timer
    TSC-INVARIANT   *       TSC runs at constant rate
    xTPR            -       Supports disabling task priority messages
    EIST            -       Supports Enhanced Intel Speedstep
    ACPI            -       Implements MSR for power management
    TM              -       Implements thermal monitor circuitry
    TM2             -       Implements Thermal Monitor 2 control
    APIC            *       Implements software-accessible local APIC
    x2APIC          -       Supports x2APIC
    CNXT-ID         -       L1 data cache mode adaptive or BIOS
    MCE             *       Supports Machine Check, INT18 and CR4.MCE
    MCA             *       Implements Machine Check Architecture
    PBE             -       Supports use of FERR#/PBE# pin
    PSN             -       Implements 96-bit processor serial number
    PREFETCHW       *       Supports PREFETCHW instruction
    Logical to Physical Processor Map:
    *-  Physical Processor 0
    -*  Physical Processor 1
    Logical Processor to Socket Map:
    **  Socket 0
    Logical Processor to NUMA Node Map:
    **  NUMA Node 0
    Logical Processor to Cache Map:
    *-  Data Cache          0, Level 1,   32 KB, Assoc   8, LineSize  64
    *-  Instruction Cache   0, Level 1,   32 KB, Assoc   2, LineSize  64
    *-  Unified Cache       0, Level 2,  512 KB, Assoc  16, LineSize  64
    -*  Data Cache          1, Level 1,   32 KB, Assoc   8, LineSize  64
    -*  Instruction Cache   1, Level 1,   32 KB, Assoc   2, LineSize  64
    -*  Unified Cache       1, Level 2,  512 KB, Assoc  16, LineSize  64
    Logical Processor to Group Map:
    **  Group 0
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  10. Posts : 587
    ,7,8.1 10TP 10upgrade,MINT
       04 Sep 2015 #10

    Athlon II processors should be fine with W10, I have used 235e, 240e, 250e twin core and 425 triple core Athlon II processors with no problems. Microsoft says that my old 939 Athlon X2 4800+ is unsuitable.
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