Running Windows 8 is not a walk in the park. Microsoft detailed the requirements in running this modern operating system for PCs. Definitely, majority of the PC users who are still using the ever reliable Windows XP can’t install the Consumer Preview (beta) of Windows 8 which was released on February 29.
ONLY machines running Windows 7 with the Windows 7 logo can run Windows 8. So, running it on your machine without that Windows 7 logo would prove futile unless you have to upgrade some under the hood.
Windows 8 allows the use of a touch screen display aside from the mouse and keyboard. There’s no more “start” at the lower left of the screen but a Metro style app shall be displayed on the screen–the one we can see on Windows Mobile operating system (like the figure below).
Microsoft recommended these basic requirements aside from those in the long list for PC either “with the Windows 7 logo or you’ve built your own PC”:
- 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
- Metro style applications– 1024×768
- Snap feature– 1366×768