How To Download Windows 8
Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8 offers comfortable computing experience for both advanced and novice users. In the present scenario where other Windows operating systems are facing termination of support from Microsoft, Windows XP has already been declared as an unsupported operating system and the mainstream support for Windows 7 will be lifted early next year, Windows 8/8.1 is the most appropriate operating system to choose for your PC.
For new PC buyers, getting Windows 8 is not a problem at all, as they can get it preinstalled in their PCs already. However, users with other operating systems in their PCs at the moment are required downloading Windows 8. A few things need to be looked at if you are upgrading your PC from the current operating system to Windows 8. They are listed below.
Know the system requirements for Windows 8
Before you upgrade your PC to Windows 8, make sure that you know the system requirements for Windows 8 and check whether your machine meets them. According to Microsoft support site, the minimum system requirements for Windows 8 OS to run in a machine are as follows,
RAM (Random Access Memory)
Windows 8 requires at least 1 GB of RAM if it is a 32-bit OS version and 2 GB if it is 64-bit version.
The processor should be at least of 1 GHz. The stronger the processor is, the better the performance will be.
Free space in the hard drive
Windows 8 requires at least 16 GB of free space in the installation drive. For 64-bit OS version, the requirement is 21 GB.
Windows 8 Upgrade Assistance
Set Up Windows 8 as a dual boot option
If you are not planning to ditch your current operating system but still want to see how productive Windows 8 can be for your tasks, you can install Windows 8 in your PC as a dual boot option. In that case, you should install Windows 8 either using a installation disc or an ISO file copied on a USB drive burned to a DVD. You can get Windows 8 installation disc from any of the nearest Microsoft retailers. However, if you are with an older PC with just the minimum hardware features, setting up Windows 8 as a dual boot option may slow down your PC further.
Windows 8 offers higher compatibility with most of the latest applications. However, if you have some legacy applications, verify that they are supported in the OS before downloading Windows 8.
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