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Is your PC ready for Windows® 8?

By Nidhi ,Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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As you know that we are getting closer to the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Are you sure that your PC can handle the new Windows 8? Here’s a checklist to be sure about that.

Microsoft has said that any PC that’s currently running on Windows 7 is ready for Windows 8.  Make sure that your computer meets all these specifications before you install the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8.

  1. 1 GHz or higher processor
  2. 1 GB of RAM if you’re going for the 32-bit operating system and 2 GB of RAM if it’s the 64-bit version
  3. A DirectX 9 graphic card
  4. 16 GB of free disk space for the 32-bit OS and 20 GB of free disk space for the 64-bit version of the OS.
  5. Your desktop should have a resolution which is higher than 1024×768. If it supports touch-screen, that’s even better.

Make sure you read the instructions clearly before you install the new operating system. One mistake could affect the current operating system on your desktop. The best thing would be to have a separate installation of Windows 8 and not by installing it on Windows 7. This could throw your current operating system into a mess which would be difficult to rectify. Also, take a backup of your current operating system just to be on the safe side.

Create a new partition on your hard disk and then install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on it for best results. Do not worry if something goes wrong as you can always check the Internet for troubleshooting tips!

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About Nidhi

is the Gizmo Gal for iYogi. A writer by choice and Gizmo Geek by nature, she brings the hottest and latest happening in the Gadgets’ world. So, when you need a peek inside the tech world, you know where the action is.

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