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When thinking of installing Windows 8, a lot of people immediately think about buying a new machine or at least upgrade some parts of the computer to make it run with the latest. But the truth is you may not need to upgrade or buy a new PC. Remember the days when Windows Vista was released. After the successful Win XP, Microsoft released Vista which boasts about giving the windows line a very new look. But Vista was a total disaster. Forget the never-ending bug issues in Vista, what people hated most about Vista was its high-end hardware requirement. To make it worse, even the basic requirement suggested by Microsoft was not enough it to run Vista well. It was as if Microsoft was forcing people to buy a new computer with a better configuration in order to experience their latest OS. Microsoft was even accused of collaborating with their partners to increase their computer sales.
To cut the story short, Microsoft learned from their bitter experience. When they released Windows 7, they made it sure it was “Vista Capable”. In other words, if you have a configuration good enough to run Vista properly, then you should be able to install Windows 7 as well. Before letting you know if your computer is compatible with Windows 8, let’s see the minimum configuration requirement for Windows 8.
To run Windows 8 in your PC or laptop, you should have a 1GHz or faster processor. Most of the computers released after the year 2000 qualify for it. Faster the processor, better the performance of your computer.
Windows 8 comes with a 32-bit version and 64-bit version. For the 32-bit version, you need to have a minimum 1GB RAM. For the 64-bit version, you need a minimum of 2 GB RAM. (Minimum Requirement is the minimum needed to install Windows 8. But if you need a reasonable performance, RAM should be double the minimum requirement specified by Microsoft). More the RAM better the performance and you should have it as much as you can. However, if you are using a 32-bit version, the maximum RAM it supports is only 4GB. Any more additions are possible, but won’t be detected by the OS (Maximum RAM memory detected by any 32-bit OS is 4GB). With a 64-bit version, you can have as much as 128 GB RAM.
Hard disk space
When it comes to the storage space required for installing Windows 8, 32-bit version needs 16 GB free space and 64-bit version requires 20 GB free space. If there is SSD (Solid State Drive) it would make it much better. SSD’s are faster than a hard disk and its presence can tremendously improve the performance by loading the boot files much faster. Some have achieved a boot time of 5secs using good configuration and SSD’s.
Monitor and screen resolution
One of the main features of Windows 8 is the improved support for the touchscreen. Normal monitors won’t be able to use a touchscreen. For that, you need a tablet or PC monitor which supports touchscreen. A screen resolution of at least 1024 *768 is recommended. 1366*768 screen resolution is required if you want to snap apps. Windows 8 also requires a graphics card which supports DirectX 9 or more which should not be a problem unless you are still using an XP compatible computer.
Windows 8 also requires an active internet connection. The Internet is needed for doing updates. Also, the apps can only be downloaded from the Windows Store which requires an internet connection.
To wrap it up it in one word, Microsoft has done a great job in keeping the minimum configuration same for all their releases starting from Vista. You don’t have to worry about the minimum configuration for Windows 8 if you already have a computer which smoothly runs either Windows Vista or Windows 7. If you are still using Windows XP, you might need to check computer configuration and install it after making sure that it satisfies the minimum requirement.
Windows 8 Minimum Requirements:
- 1GHz or faster processor
- 1GB RAM for 32bit, 2 GB RAM for 64bit
- 16 GB HDD free space (32 bit), 20 GB HDD free space (64 bit)
- Direct X 9.0 with WDDM or more compatible graphics card
Additional Windows 8 Requirements:
- To use a touch screen, a tablet or monitor which supports multitouch
- To download and run Apps from Windows Store, an active internet connection and a screen resolution of minimum 1024 x 768
- To snap Apps, a screen resolution of 1366 x 768