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Windows 8 Coming Soon

Windows 8 is due to be formally launched on 26th October 2012. What this essentially means is a new Windows, with a Metro “tablet” interface designed for use on desktops and tablets and smart phones

System requirements for Windows 8:

The good news is the minimum specifications are the same as for Windows 7 – so in the real world this means a PC from the mid 2007 era (Vista) onwards should be capable of running Windows 8. The actual specs are:

- CPU: 1Ghz or faster

- RAM: 1GB (32 bit) or 2GB (64 bit)

- HDD: 16GB (32 bit) or 20GB (64 bti)

Upgrade path:

Anyone who purchases a new PC with Windows 7 installed will be able to get them upgraded to Windows 8 for a small fee.

- Users running Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium can upgrade to Windows 8 with their system settings, personal files, and applications intact.

- Users running Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, and Professional will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro with system settings, personal files, and applications intact.

- Customers running Windows 7 Pro or Enterprise editions can update to Windows 8 Enterprise with system settings, personal files, and applications intact.

- Vista users without SP1 can upgrade to Windows 8, but only personal files will be preserved. Customers that do have SP1 will have their system settings transferred as well.

- XP users with SP3 can upgrade directly to Windows 8, but only personal files will be preserved.

There are a few more specific restrictions, like cross-architecture upgrades — 32bit XP, Vista, and 7 users can only upgrade to 32 bit Windows 8, and likewise for 64 bit Windows. Upgrading to a new language also bars system settings and applications from being transferred, but personal files will remain unaffected. This leaves current XP, Vista, and Windows 7 users several upgrade options, and with an expected October release date, there is still plenty of time to prepare.

For more information on Windows 8, click here:  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/release-preview
Posted: 04/10/2012 06:19:51