Microsoft Windows 8 System Requirements Lower Than Windows 7


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
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  1. 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 Running Win8 64BIT on this outdated weak machine is a dream.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).

  2. 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 :(

  3. 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…

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