Running Windows 8

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
Not in the list above which is equally important is the minimum screen resolution specs for the monitor:
  • Metro style applications– 1024×768
  • Snap feature– 1366×768
Running the Metro App with lesser specs would result in an error message. Though, more discoveries on various screen resolutions will be known later since the Consumer Preview is now out. This would be the basis for manufacturers and developers to create more apps.
Since there are still more XP users, though it’s declining, we can’t expect a sudden huge number for Windows 8. The latest figures show that Windows 7 has started eating up the pie of the OS market with 38% last month as compared to 36% in January. XP shows a decline from 47% in January to 45%–a 12-percentage points down compared to 57% in Feb. 2011. This is aggravated by the withdrawal of support for XP by April 2014. Windows Vista has kept losing its users. Check here for the complete stats.

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