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Upgrading to Windows 8 – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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It is a long time now Windows 8 is out in the market and is creating a lot of buzz. Even though Microsoft has made process easier, yet people, who are thinking of upgrading to it, seems to have loads of questions. Therefore, we are featuring this post on our blog to answer common questions that people may want to know before actually upgrading to Windows 8. Here are Windows 8 FAQs:

Upgrad-to-Windows 8-FAQs

From Which Previous Windows Versions You can Upgrade to Windows 8?

Microsoft, in its official blog post, announced that, if you own any of the following previous versions on your system, you can get it upgraded to Windows 8:

  1. Windows XP
  2. Windows Vista
  3. Windows 7

How Much Does it Cost to Upgrade to Windows 8?

It varies depending upon the type of PC you own:

  1. PCs, that already have previous (above mentioned) versions, can be upgraded to Windows 8 pro at a price of $39.99.
  2. For non-Windows PC, especially build for Windows 8, Microsoft is offering Windows 8 at a price of $14.99.

Is there any Option Available to Get Windows 8 on a Physical Media such as DVD or Optical Disk?

Yes. Boxed version of Windows 8 Pro is available that you can buy at a price of $69.99. However, Microsoft offers DVD version at an additional price i.e. $ 15, if you choose for downloadable upgrade.

How many versions of Windows 8 are Available?

Microsoft officially announced total four versions of Windows 8. However, not all are for usual consumers. A typical consumer can only upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. Other two versions known as Windows RT and Enterprise version are for tablet and large corporate sectors.

What are minimum hardware requirements for Windows 8?

They are as follow:

  1. A fast processor of 1GHZ or more
  2. 1GB RAM for 32-bit or 2GB Ram if the system is 64-bit
  3. 16GB hard disk space for 32-bit and 20GB for 64-bit
  4. DirectX 9 graphics device supportive to WDDM 1.0 or advanced driver

Will Windows 8 Run on My PC?
Click here to find out the answer to this question.

Will I have problems with older hardware if I upgrade to Windows 8?

As long as your system meets the minimum requirements of running Windows 8, there is not anything to worry about. Windows 8 runs fine as good as any other advanced PC even if your hardware is older. However, if you face issues, you might need to optimize Windows 8 using a free software.


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