Ever since it was announced just as an idea, each user has begun to ask whether your hardware is sufficient enough to support Windows 8, the new operating system from Microsoft. In a statement released recently, the same Microsoft had promised that the minimum system requirements, to allow Windows 8 to turn excellently, would be exactly the same as those required by Windows 7. Is it really so?
First, you can also test the installation of Windows 8 on an external HD or a USB stick, as fully described in this article. Returning to the main topic of this article, you should know that once you download the image ISO of Windows 8 (currently available in the Consumer Preview Beta 1) and burned onto a DVD. When the setup starts you’ll be shown some information about the compatibility with existing programs and drivers installed, just as happens with Windows 7.
From what you gather from Microsoft, however, the minimum should be:
- 1 GHz processor or faster
- 1 GB of RAM (32 bit) or 2 GB of RAM (64 bit)
- 16 GB of available hard disk space (32 bit) or 20 GB (64 bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM Driver Driver 1.0 or higher
Moreover, if you use the new interface of Windows 8 Metro and all its features, you must have a minimum screen resolution of 1024 × 768, 1366 × 768 and so on. Simply put, Metro does not work on screens with resolution of 800 × 600, 1024 × 600. As for the devices touchscreen, Microsoft has released a list of recommended devices, those that integrate seamlessly with Windows 8:
- HP Elitebook 2760p
- ASUS EP121 tablet
- Dell Inspiron Duo
- Lenovo x220t
- 3M M2256PW 22”
- Samsung 7 Series Slate
If you are outside these requirements, it is time to buy a newer hardware and performance, or simply stay with Windows 7 or switch to Linux.