Monday, October 6, 2014

Downloading Windows 8

Since the time it came out, and even for a long time before its release, Windows 8 garnered a lot of attention. Everyone was talking about the new Windows operating system, and there were ads wherever you looked. However, this did not exactly help the sales much, though there were many people trying to figure out, if and how a Windows 8 upgrade was doable in their case.

Here is a brief outlook on the over-hyped Windows 8 OS, to help you decide whether to download it or not.

Why do it, and why not?

By now, everyone knows that Windows 8 is not an all-in-all OS, and neither does it work equally well on all devices. Decide what kind of computing experience you want while using your machine, like if speed is the only reason you are leaning towards an upgrade, or there is some problem with installing applications on the OS you currently use.

If what you have now is Windows XP, then you should stick to it; you probably even want to. Unless you are using a Windows Vista or Windows 7 machine, an upgrade is not the answer for you. You could buy a new computer instead, which comes with Windows 8 installed. There is a high chance you can run Windows XP on it too. Just do not try running Windows 8 on a machine with under 1 GB RAM.

And if you did not know already, Windows 8.1 is not something new that you have to buy separately. Its part of the package you get when you do an upgrade.

Compatibility with Windows 8

It is easy enough to download Windows 8, but you need to know if your computer can handle it. Microsoft has a tool, which lets you find out exactly that, called the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. It is available for download from the Microsoft website, and can be installed and run to check if your computer meets the requirements for Windows 8. It is mainly the hardware components that are checked, and you will get recommendations based on the test.

The main requirements for Windows 8 are as follows:
  • 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit, or 2 GB RAM for 64-bit
  • 20 GB of free hard disk space
  • Graphics to make Direct X9 installable
You need to remember all this before making the leap to Windows 8. For more information on how to download and install Windows 8, check out other posts here.

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