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Windows 8 Consumer Preview system requirements


Windows 8 Consumer Preview system requirements

If you want to see what Windows 8 looks like - the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now available to download.

If you previously installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview you will need to carry out a clean install.

The Developer Preview was a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers and cannot be uninstalled, it is also missing a lot of the functionality now available in the Consumer Preview. As Microsoft revealed at their Windows 8 Consumer Event in Barcelona, there have been over 100,000 significant product changes since Windows Developer Preview.

System Requirements

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:

• 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

• 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

• 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

• DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

• Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

• To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater

• "One new element to Windows 8 is the requirement that Metro style applications have a minimum of 1024x768 screen resolution, and 1366x768 for the snap feature. If you attempt to launch a Metro style app with less than this resolution (e.g. 800x600, 1024x600) you will receive an error message."

• "With the Consumer Preview, if you want to support touch, you will need a screen that supports multi-touch."

• "Secured Boot requires a new UEFI BIOS, which is not available broadly on PCs yet, but is starting to be made available. If your machine does have UEFI, you can enable it via BIOS settings."

• "BitLocker does not require but performs more seamlessly if your PC has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Machines that have this sometimes require it to be enabled via BIOS settings. BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive that meets performance criteria evaluated at installation time."

• "Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system with second level address translation (SLAT) capabilities and an additional 2 GB of RAM. You can also enable SLAT via a BIOS setting."

• "Some games and other software require graphics capabilities compatible with DirectX 10 or higher (including some games available in the Consumer Preview and in the Windows Store. We will continue to improve the verification of your system prior to downloading or running software with these requirements). Some games and programs might require a graphics card for optimal performance."

• "If you clean install instead of upgrade (see below), you should check your PC manufacturer's website to make sure you install any specific drivers that they provide there. Many laptops will get better battery life with a power-optimized driver that is specific for that PC (often known as ACPI, Power, or Chipset driver)."

The Preview is available in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages.

How to download Windows 8

There are two methods to download the Consumer Preview:

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup (Simple)

This is the easiest of methods (and fully automated). Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup will check to see if your PC can run Windows 8 and select the right download. This setup process also checks to see which of your apps (programs) are compatible and offers upgrade assistance should you need it.

Install from an ISO image (Advanced)

Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO files (.iso) are provided as an alternative to using Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup (it is not recommended for computer novices).

An ISO image must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive.

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