Windows 8 is coming out on October 26, and that means at least some users will want to upgrade their operating systems. But is your computer fast enough to run Windows 8? Or are you going to have to invest in some more powerful hardware? Today, we’re going to answer those questions for you.
Any system running Windows 7 can run Windows 8
Microsoft has promised that any computer running Windows 7 will also be able to run Windows 8. While Windows 7 was released three years ago, the two operating systems feature similar system requirements. In other words, Microsoft has been able to expand on its flagship operating system’s features without draining away your system’s valuable resources.
Most computers built within the past 5 years will be able to run Windows 8
Let’s take a look at the Windows 8 system requirements:
-1GB of RAM (2GB for the 64-bit version)
-DirectX 9 graphics card or higher
-20GB of hard drive storage
At those technical specifications, Windows 8 will run on just about any computer made within the last five years. It will even run on computers that were designed for Windows XP. After all, Windows 8 is built with touchscreen tablets in mind, and tablets are lagging far behind traditional desktop PCs in terms of their hardware power.
Potential problems you may encounter with Windows 8
Windows 8’s hardware requirements are fairly low. But that doesn’t mean that it will work perfectly on computers that are 8, 9, or 10 years old. Even if your computer meets those requirements listed above, you might run into some of the following problems:
-You need a system BIOS with Data Execution Prevention (DEP) in order to run Windows 8. Check your motherboard manual or computer manual to see if you have this feature.
-Manufacturers might not have created Windows 8 drivers yet. Most major manufacturers have already released Windows 8 drivers for their hardware, but if your hardware is particularly old, or if you’re using an obscure manufacturer, then you might not be able to find the drivers you need.
Upgrade your PC to ensure Windows 8 runs as fast as possible
If you want to make Windows 8 as fast as possible, here are a few areas of performance that you might want to upgrade:
-Upgrade your RAM
-Buy a new video card
-Buy an additional monitor (Windows 8 has powerful support for multiple monitors)
-Run PC Cleaner Pro
-Clear out hard drive space, especially if you’re using an old hard drive smaller than 200GB or so
The easiest way to check if your computer can run Windows 8
No, we’re not going to be cheeky and say that, “the easiest way to check if your computer runs Windows 8 is to buy it for yourself and see!” Instead, download the (free!) Windows 8 release preview and install it on your system. If your system is incapable of running Windows 8, then the program will let you know during the setup phase. Once Windows 8 has been successfully installed, you’ll be able to determine if there are any performance issues you need to fix.
The Windows 8 release preview is basically the final version of Windows 8. In fact, the only thing that will change between the release preview and the full version is that some tweaks might be ironed out – so your computer might run the full version of Windows 8 faster than it would run the release preview version.
Looking for easy hardware upgrades to make to prepare your computer for Windows 8?
If you want your computer to run Windows 8 at an impeccable frame rate, then you might need to upgrade your hardware – especially if your system is more than three to four years old. To get an idea of some of the best hardware upgrades to make in preparation for Windows 8, head over to http://www.pcworld.com/article/2009961/how-to-future-proof-your-hardware-for-windows-8.htmlthis article on PC World, which tells you about all of the best video cards, peripherals, and other goodies to buy in preparation for Windows 8.
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