Can I Run it? Here’s What the Windows 8 System Requirements Probably Look Like

Honestly, if you can run Windows 7 you can run Windows 8.

Vista may have hogged resources, but versions since have been user-friendly. Windows 8 will probably be the same

I doubt most people think about the system requirements when upgrading to a new version, because they probably buy a PC or already know how capable their system is. Still, for those of you who don’t, here’s a look at what it’ll take to run Windows 8.

When Vista was around, Microsoft coined the term Vista-capable. It was a bid to get people switching from XP to Microsoft’s new, different, operating system. The actual result was an operating system that required an unnecessary amount of resources, and caused the more casual Windows consumers to wonder why their PC couldn’t handle the OS. Microsoft said Windows 7 on any Windows system than ran Vista. And I’d hope so, because an operating system should work on as many systems as possible. Any system running Vista did well. Very well.

The result is that Microsoft has learnt lessons from the Windows Vista disaster, providing a fast and fluid operating system with Metro in Windows 8. The Windows Phone devices are exactly the same: mid-range specs, high-end performance. I expect Windows 8 to be the same.

System requirements

So what of the requirements to run Windows 8? Well, you’ll need at least a 1GHz processor (which people should be well ahead of by now). To be honest, a PC just over $500 can be built with a i3 2120 3GHz processor. So I wouldn’t worry about that, unless you’re running a PC from the 90s. Microsoft will be releasing Windows RT – or Windows ARM – to run on tablet devices, so plenty of platforms will be running the operating system.

The size demands of the OS vary: 32-bit Windows 8 takes 1GB of RAM, while 64-bit takes two. 16GB is in total needed to install the 32-bit version and 20GB for the 64-bit, though these are the minimum specs. Bare in mind you’ll be wanting to install programs, games, and upload music and files, so there’s a lot to consider. Just get yourself a new SATA HDD, at least 500GB in size, and you should be good for a while.

Published: Friday, May 25th, 2012 Last Modified: May 25, 2012

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