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How Can You Tell If Your PC Supports Windows 8?

Posted By Tim On November 7, 2012 @ 5:42 PM In Windows 8 | 2 Comments

Joseph Lopez from NJ writes:

I have Windows XP. How can I tell if I can run Windows 8 on my PC?

With the release of Windows 8 many people will be considering upgrading. The system requirements are pretty basic for Windows 8:

  • 1 GHz processor or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 [1]

  • 2 GB RAM / 20 GB available hard disk space

  • 1366 × 768 screen resolution

  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver

  • To use touch, you need a PC that supports multitouch [2]

  • Internet access (fees may apply)

  • Microsoft account required for some features

  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software

  • Windows Media Center license sold separately

  • See the full system requirements [3]

But how do you check if your programs and devices are Windows 8 compatible? Microsoft has been hard at work making an upgrade assistant program you can run on your computer to find out if it will support Windows 8.

You can download the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant by clicking here [4].

P.S. Windows 8 Pro is discounted until January 31st to $39.99 if you order it online here [5]


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URLs in this post:

[1] PAE, NX, and SSE2: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/what-is-pae-nx-sse2

[2] multitouch: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/multitouch-hardware-reqs

[3] See the full system requirements: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/system-requirements

[4] clicking here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8

[5] online here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/buy?ocid=GA8_O_WOL_DIS_ShopHP_FPP_Light