Windows 8 is out here since October 26, 2012. Since then, there has been loads of chatter among PC users whether to upgrade their systems to Windows 8 or stick with existing one. Different people have already tried it and switched back because of system being incompatible with new Windows version.
Will Windows 8 run on your system? Finding the answer to this question is imperative, if you have decided to upgrade your system. Here are some useful tips and information you should consider in order to decide whether your PC is capable of having Windows 8:
Windows 8 Hardware Requirements
Windows 8 hardware requirements are not high as they were for previous versions. If you need to install it, your PC must comply with the following hardware requirements:
- 1 GHz processor
- 1 GB or 2 GB RAM for 32-bit or 64-bit systems respectively
- A free space of 16 GB or 20 GB for 32-bit or 64-bit systems
- Graphic card compatible with DirectX 9 w and WDDM driver
Your system qualifies for Windows 8, if it fits these basic hardware necessities. However, it might still not allow you to have a smoother user experience. Therefore, you are advised to upgrade your system with following hardware too:
- Active and relatively faster internet connections that will help you to access Windows Store, download, and run apps.
- Screen resolution of 1024*768. Besides, resolution of 1366*768 is also required oftentimes to “Snapp” apps.
If your system does not possess all of these things, you are advised to upgrade hardware of your system to enjoy Windows 8.
Nevertheless, if your system hardware shows compatibility with Windows 8, it would be a great experience to be in a whole new Windows 8 world. Yet, it is not done. You are required to do a plenty of things after installing it to optimize Windows 8. Once you have decided to upgrade your system, following is what we recommend you to perform prior to installing it:
Apparently, you might feel your system best fits the hardware requirements, yet you need to confirm it. For that, run “Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant” that will help you to identify which hardware attached to your system is incompatible with Windows 8. This utility checks the basic hardware such as webcams, printers, joysticks, and other devices. If the light turns out to be green after checking system, then Congratulations. You have qualified to use to Windows 8.