Now that, finally the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for public download, Microsoft has warned users that they will not get the right feel of the new OS unless they have the right hardware, and software settings and configurations. The official Microsoft blog speaks about what one needs to experience the unique features of Windows 8.
Windows 8 may work on most PCs with Windows XP and 7. The hardware setup required is the same as that needed for Windows 7 gadgets, namely, 1 GHz or faster CPU, RAM- a minimum of 1 GB for 32-bit and 2 GB for 64-bit computers, hard disk space- a minimum of 16 GB for 32-bit and 20 GB for a 64-bit machine, and DirectX 9 graphics card with driver WDDM 1.0 or higher.
Some new security features require extra hardware and firmware specs. Secure Boot need UEFI BIOS only found in new systems. BitLocker will run only if the Trusted Platform Module is enabled in BIOS. Getting Hyper-V virtualization and touch screen support to work needed specifications too.
Windows 8 interface comes in two flavors- the classic icon based view and the new Metro style view. The metro-style apps are live tiles that can be launched full-screen. It has a Snap feature that allows running and viewing two apps at the same time. For Metro, a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 is essential while Snap needs a 1366 x 768 pixels resolution. A registry edit will allow lesser screen resolutions.
Testing Windows 8
Many users are running Windows 8 downloads on virtual machines and so the fluid and quick experience of accelerating graphics cannot be felt. Users are recommended to back up data before installing Windows 8, and there can be no going back to the previous version if you do an upgrade installation.
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