System Requirements for Windows 8 Release Preview
Did you download the Windows 8 Release Preview? Before you install, make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 8 Release Preview.
Microsoft officially announced the Windows 8 Release Preview today. If you haven't done already, you can download Windows 8 Release Preview ISO image and install it.
Before you try to install the Windows 8 on your computer, make sure your system meets the minimum system requirements and minimum hardware requirements to install Windows 8. If you are currently running Windows 7, here is a good news for you: Windows 8 can run any computer that currently runs Windows 7. The system requirements for Windows 8 does not vary much from the minimum requirement for Windows 7.
System requirements for Windows 8 Release Preview
Here is the officially announced system requirements for Windows 8 Release Preview:
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB or higher RAM for 32 bit Windows 8
- 2 GB or higher RAM for 64 bit Windows 8
- Atleast 16 Gb hard disk space for 32-bit Windows 8 and 20 Gb hard disk space for 64-bit Windows 8.
In addition, you will need a Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver.
You must be already aware that Windows 8 is touch optimized. So, in order to use the touch features of Windows 8 Release Preview, you must have a touch based screen. If you don't want to take advantage of the touch features, you can use the traditional screen and it would work perfectly with the mouse and keyboard. You will just miss the new and cool touch features.
Some features like snap the apps, a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768 is required.
Windows 8 is integrated with Windows App Store. In order to access the App Store and download Apps, you need internet connection.
In addition to the officially published requirements, it appears that you must have a compatible CPU that support NX and you should have PAE enabled if you are using virtual environment. Many people who do not have an incompatible CPU are getting the error Your PC's CPU isn't compatible with Windows 8.
i meet all the system requirements yet, is says my computer does not support windows 8.