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With Microsoft rolling out its brand new OS, Windows 8, with advanced features and a user-friendly interface, PC users have started pondering whether to do a Windows 8 upgrade. To most people, upgrading their operating system is a hassle, but Microsoft has made sure that the whole process of checking for system compatibility, to the final installation and restoration of personal files, is as hassle-free as possible.
Many PC users have reported that after installation, the new Windows 8 lags, and hence users have had to switch back to earlier versions. To avoid this, before you install Windows 8, make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements that Microsoft recommends. Given below are most of these requirements, and a few tips to follow, before you install the latest in offering from Microsoft:-
- A minimum of 1GHz processor with any number of cores.
- A 1 GB RAM for the 32-bit version and a 2 GB for the 64-bit version of Windows 8.
- Free space from 16 GB for the 32-bit and 20GB for the 64-bit version.
- Graphic card that’s compatible with DirectX 9 and supports WDDM driver.
Microsoft unlike its earlier versions does not strain the system for more hardware, and systems that are only a few years old can run Windows 8 without any hitches. If the above hardware requirements are met by your system, you still might not be able to experience the full Windows 8 experience. To enjoy features such as Windows Store, Snapp and a few others, it’s advisable that you meet a few more requirements:-
- A minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768, but to run apps such as Snapp, a resolution of 1366 x 768 is required.
- To enjoy the full features of Windows Store, a fast internet condition is also necessary.
- Windows 8 is built around a touch interface, so having a screen that has multi-touch feature will help you get the most out of your system.
Microsoft has also released a Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to help PC users confirm that their PC will run seamlessly with Windows 8. The Assistant will check compatibility with external hardware devices like webcams, printers and joysticks and will warn you if any conflicts arise.
If all your hardware systems are compatible and your PC meets the minimum system requirements, then the Upgrade Assistant will choose the best Windows 8 version for you. Furthermore, the assistant will also provide you with options to purchase a copy and assist in installing your brand new Windows 8 operating system.