[SOLVED] In theory, what is the slowest CPU that can run Windows 10?

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Later Pentium 4 CPUs are the oldest from Intel that have all of the applicable features/instructions to be able to run Windows 10.

Theoretically a Celeron D or something would also work since they are just worse Pentium 4 CPUs. Maybe an atom of the same time.

The clockspeed doesn't really matter for it being able to just start Windows, but what is necessary is the proper CPU features, things like PAE or some version of SSE iirc.
 
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Title says it all. ...
There are 'versions' that have been installed on phones which by nature have very low-power processors and fairly 'slow' by desktop standards:

Then Microsoft also has this information for us:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/windows-processor-requirements

I also think it's got as much to do with the peripheral hardware as anything else. Are there Win10 drivers for ST-412 or ESDI hard drive interfaces?
 
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