Windows 8

Windows 8 is a version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs. Development of Windows 8 started before the release of its predecessor, Windows 7, in 2009. Its existence was first announced at CES 2011, and followed by the release of three pre-release versions from September 2011 to May 2012. The operating system was released to manufacturing on August 1, 2012, and was released for general availability on October 26, 2012.

System Requirement

If you want to run Windows 8 on your PC, here’s what it takes

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz)
  • Ram: 1 gigabytes (GB) (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics Card: Microsoft Direct X 9 graphics devices with WDDM driver

 Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that support multitouch (more info)
  • To access the Windows store and to download and runs apps, you need an active Internet Connection and a server resolution of atleast 1024 x 768
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of atleast 1366 x 768
  • Internet Access (ISP fees might apply)
  • Secure boot requires firmware that supports CIEFI v 2.3.1 Errata B and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the CIEFI signature database.
  • Some games and programs might require a graphics card compatible with Direct X 10 or higher for optimal performance
  • Microsoft account required for some features
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software (more info)
  • Windows Media Center license sold separately (more info)
  • BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive (Windows 8 Pro only)
  • BitLocker requires either Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or a USB flash drive (Windows 8 Pro only)
  • Client Hyper – V requires a 64-bit system with Second level address transtation (SLAT) Capabilities and additional 2GB of RAM (Windows 8 Pro only)
  • Free Internet TV content varies by geography, some content might require additional fees (Windows 8 Pro pack and Windows 8 Media Center Pack only)