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System Requirements for Windows 8

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System Requirements for Windows 8

Windows 8 has been released to Manufacturing (RTM) and is already available for Technet and MSDN users. The final build should be available for upgrade for general public in October. So in case you are planning to upgrade your PC to Windows 8, you need to make sure that it meets the minimum system requirements. Since Windows XP can also be upgraded to Windows 8 and if your PC is running Windows XP with low specs, you will need to upgrade.

System requirements

As per Microsoft, the system recommendations are;

  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

From the above specs, we would recommend to have a minimum of a dual core processor with at least 2GB RAM for 32 bit and 4GB for 64 bit. The hard disk space required is 16GB for 32 bit, but we recommend to have a minimum of 30GB since the space will decrease when you install more and more apps. A dedicated graphics card would make sure that there is enough memory to play games.

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