Windows 8 minimum hardware requirements

Are you planning to upgrade to Windows 8, but still not sure about the hardware requirements? A Windows running computer cannot be upgraded to Windows 8 until it full the minimum requirement of Windows 8. This article deals with the minimum requirements and pre-planning that is required for installing or upgrading your previous Windows OS to Windows 8.

I do hope that most of us are familiar with the terms Processor, RAM (Random Access Memory), ROM (Read Only Memory), Graphics, HDD (Hard disk drive). You Windows 8 installation and upgrade depends on the following key factors. The table below shows the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 8.

x86 (32-bit)
x86 (64-bit)
1 GHz or higher
1 GB or more
2 GB
HDD free space
(Free memory in Hard Disk Drive)
16 GB (minimum)
20 GB
DirectX 9

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Therefore, it is the time to go for Windows 8 if your computer meets these minimum requirements. All the computers sold in recent 5 or 8 years may be at ease while those with less RAM or Hard disk or even processor may get their hardware upgraded from authorized computer repair centre. If you are planning to buy a new computer or laptop, you should consider models with equivalent or better specifications than those mentioned in the table above. Most of the new computers/laptops are coming with Windows 8 already installed on it, so you may not even have to buy a copy of Windows 8 from Microsoft.

If you want to taste the new features of Windows at its full, then you must go for a touch screen device.

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You may check the current version of Windows running on your computer by right clicking on the ‘My Computer/Computer’ icon on your desktop, followed by clicking on ‘Properties’ from the drop-down menu. If you do not have a ‘Computer’ or ‘My Computer’ icon on your desktop, then go to ‘Start’ button and right click on the ‘Computer’ or ‘My Computer’ options from the drop-up menu. The next window will show the current edition of Windows under ‘Windows edition’ section.
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