System Requirements for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Microsoft has recently released their pre release version of Windows 8 operating system. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released in February,2012 for the benefit of general public. Lot of people have tried to download Windows 8 Consumer Preview and started experiencing the new features of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Let us now see what are the system requirements to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview. This article gives some details about the hardware requirements to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview in your computer.

System requirements to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview

In fact Windows 8 runs on the same hardware that is being used for Windows 7 OS. So if Windows 7 is running in your computer, then it is sure that Windows 8 will also work on your computer. Here are the basic requirements for Windows 8 Consumer Preview to run on a PC with the following hardware.

  • 1 GHz or a faster processor
  • RAM of 1 GB for 32 bit OS and RAM of 2 GB for 64 bit OS
  • A hard disk space of 16 GB for 32 bit OS and 20 GB hard disk space for 64 bit OS
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Monitor with 1024 X 768 minimum screen resolution

Some more additional features are required to use some of the new features of Windows 8. For example to use the snap feature, you need to have a PC with 1366 X 768 resolution or higher. To use the touch features, you need to have a touch capable laptop or tablet or a display.

For more information on hardware requirements for Windows 8 Consumer Preview, please read the Blog on building Windows 8.

An internet connection is need to try out Windows 8 store to download and install apps. If your computer is with the above mentioned hardware, you can start downloading Windows 8 Consumer Preview and start enjoying the newest features of Windows 8.

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