Microsoft has already previously indicated that Windows 8 will be compatible with Windows 7 systems.  At the developers’ preview of the new Windows OS, Microsoft surprised many when it announced that the minimum system requirements will be much lower than those of Windows 7.

Steven Sinofsky, President of Windows and Windows Live, mentioned at the Build 2011 keynote that low end netbooks with an early generation Atom processor and 1GB of RAM can run Windows 8 well, in fact better than Windows 7, since Windows 8 requires fewer system resources.

UPDATE: If you’re looking for the list of System Requirements for Windows 8, here they are:

Windows 8 System Requirements

  • 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
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  1. I upgraded my pirated Windows 7 to Windows 8 and it works… Wow! I have a legit pc now…

  2. Jyrki Arpiainen Reply

    Doesn’t those LOOK exactly same as Win7 system requirements..?

  3. Bill Ancient sight Reply

    Well, before saying anything that windows 8 is not good and etc etc. First test it on your computer then say anything. I am running windows 7 on 2 gigs of ram without a single lag. Then if windows 8 requires half of the windows 7 requirements then it means that windows 8 will work like a dream. ….. :)

  4. It’s Aug 2012 i’m running Win8 RTM (legit MSDN member). Running on my old backup 2008 ThinkPad. Which has Core2 T8100, 4GB DDR2 667 Ram, GMA X3100, 3rd Gen SSD. Running Win8 64BIT on this outdated weak machine is a dream. Even on a 1080p IPS, everything from 3D Graphics (google earth) to 1080p video and Metro UI RACES like Lightening. Microsoft was very right, Win8 is very very efficient and light. Main thing is 64bit with 4GB RAM & SSD.

    • The_flatland Reply

       I’m tired of seeing these kind of trolling posts.  If you’re not willing to give it a try before you denounce it, then shoosh! 

      I installed Win8 on my 5 year old laptop.  Ran pretty good with XP.  Slightly better with 7 (better driver compatibility), and runs friggin GREAT with Win8.  This is the first time I’ve had an OS wait for me.  I’ve ALWAYS outpaced any computer I’ve run, including the dual quad-core Xeon workstations with 16GB of RAM.

      After setting up Win8 and running dual and tri-monitor, I can say that I’m ready.  I can’t recommend it to my clients yet, but I’m happy.  My next test is on my Dell Inspiron 6000 (about 8 years old) which has a 1.6 Ghz Centrino (Pentium M), 1 GB Ram, and an 80 GB IDE HDD.  Curious to see 1) if the computer will run it and 2) faster or about the same as XP, which is slightly dismal on the machine.  (I am running Linux Mint 13 Mate).

  5. Dennis Linux Reply

    I have install windows 8 consumer preview on my new  60 GB SSD,  after the installation only have  34.8 GB FREE , wow I  think windows 8 is very BIG :(

  6. Lucian Culisi Reply

    is going to be shitty anyway….
    i think, i’d rather buy a mac. if i got the money to buy a pc to work with windows 8, i should be able to buy a useless mac instead… same use…

  7. Windows 8 developer? you cant remove the watermark totally. Their is no loader yet and i install it on my asus eeepc netbook and it eats 312 mb of my ram at start up and128 mb on standby. I have 2 Gig of ram, it ate 746 mb when i open Google chrome. Microsoft office word and a new folder, what the f—-. windows 7 pro boot time 15 sec = windows 8 developer boot time 18 sec. The new windows is totally vista upgrade and no earo. Screen resolution is Fucken big.

  8. MaievShadowsong Reply

    help !!!!

    i want to have my windows 7 ultimate 64bits upgraded to windows 8 . . .
    but i have a dozen of problems . . .

    1. will i get reported for having an OS hacked ?? (removeWAT)??

    2. i want to keep all of my files without the need of any back up(is this possible ) :DD (sorry for this dumb question)??

    3. is there only one version of this windows 8 ??
    ( what i mean is windows 8 starter , home premium or something)???

    • Christopher Genovesi Reply

      You are worried about an OS phoning home when it can at any point? and again you are concerned when you openly posted it was stolen on a blog? Why dont you just buy it? Support them. You can get copies of Windows for $120 on newegg.

  9. [flame]
    shit, microsoft eats 281 MiB when nothing running – linux can eat 281 MiB of RAM with launched firefox, music player and libreoffice! ( without nothing launched it can eat 25 MiB!
    Windows 8 introduces 8 seconds boot on intel i7 , Linux can boot in 8 seconds on an asus eeepc!
    Microsoft is totality – Linux is freedom!
    But its amazing :) !

        • Kellen Masuda Reply

          Same here, and I have a shitty PC. It’s called a tune-up. turning off shit you don’t need. HP dv2-1030us

  10. Ekanta Timalsina Reply

    I really like it………It has some problem but  it is the preview stage…….let’s not make a mark

  11. It is supposed to be a completely new OS, not written over windows 7 as 7 was written over Vista… that’s how most of the past OSs have been developed.. at least that what I’ve heard about 8. Any comments of this folks?

  12. can’t wait. bought a Latitude laptop this summer with a core i7 processor and glad to see it looks like i can upgrade to 8 when I want to, as it appears the look & feel will change dramatically from 7.

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