Microsoft has finally launched its much talked about, touch-friendly operating system – Windows 8. And as the whole world goes ga-ga over the latest offering from Microsoft, we bring to you some important points that will help you upgrade your PC to the new Windows 8 operating system:
- System compatibility: The first thing that you need to do before upgrading to Windows 8 is to find out if your system is compatible with Windows 8 operating system. If your PC supports Windows 7, it will also support Windows 8. Some of the basic system requirements for Windows 8 include:
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster
- RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) RAM
- Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM driver
- Special requirements: If you are using Intel’s Atom Cedar Trail processor, you should probably put your attempts of upgrading to Windows 8 on hold, as some reports suggest that your system computer might not be able to run Windows 8. Since Windows 8 support multi-touch, you obviously need a tablet or a touch screen monitor. To access apps from Windows App store, you need at least 1024 x 768 pixels of screen resolution. Apps snapping require additional 1366×768 pixels of resolution.
- Apps and devices: Although most apps and devices that work on Windows 7 should work on Windows 8 as well, it is best to check the compatibility of your apps and devices by visiting Microsoft’s Compatibility Center or by running Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.
- Correct upgrade path: Users who have purchased a Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 can upgrade their systems to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99. However, PCs bought before June 2, can be upgraded for $39.99. Windows 7 users can bring along their settings, files, and applications while upgrading to Windows 8. But Windows Vista users can only preserve their settings and personal files while upgrading to the new OS. In case of Windows XP, users can only bring along their files to Windows 8.
By following these points, you can easily make a glitch-free transition to Windows 8 operating system.
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