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Windows Developer Preview system requirements

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  • I have old desktop computer with processor (  Processor x86 Family 15 model 4 Stepping 1 Genuine Intel  ~ 2397 MHz ) and 1 GByte Ram, Is this enough to install Windows Developer Prview (Windows 8).

    Thanks for help in advance.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 7:57 PM

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  • List of System Requirements of Windows Developer Preview:
    Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:
     - 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
     - 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
     - DirectX 9 graphics 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
     - Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
     - To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater

    Hope this helps.









    Marilyn

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 8:27 PM
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  • Windows 8 should run on your PC, but I wouldn't be surprised if it had a few minor issues with your video card. However, that should not significantly impact the performace of the operating system. The RAM in your computer is somewhat limited for running Windows 8 (Microsoft lists 1GB as the official minumum), but it should still function acceptably if you intend to use the PC only for testing purposes. Microsoft's minimum RAM requirement for Windows Vista was 512 MB, and Vista actually uses more resources than Windows 7 or Windows 8.

    The part of the PC I would be most concerned about for running Windows 8 would be the CPU. If the processor you're describing is a Pentium 4 (and it looks like it is), you may see poor performance from Windows Developer Preview. The Pentium 4 has one of the worst performance per clock ratios of any CPU, and while 2.4 GHz may look like a decent speed compared to a modern laptop, it's probably less powerful than a 1.8 GHz Intel Core Duo (laptop CPU from 2006). The performance of your PC might be similar to that of a netbook (though maybe slightly better).

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 8:19 PM

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  • Windows 8 should run on your PC, but I wouldn't be surprised if it had a few minor issues with your video card. However, that should not significantly impact the performace of the operating system. The RAM in your computer is somewhat limited for running Windows 8 (Microsoft lists 1GB as the official minumum), but it should still function acceptably if you intend to use the PC only for testing purposes. Microsoft's minimum RAM requirement for Windows Vista was 512 MB, and Vista actually uses more resources than Windows 7 or Windows 8.

    The part of the PC I would be most concerned about for running Windows 8 would be the CPU. If the processor you're describing is a Pentium 4 (and it looks like it is), you may see poor performance from Windows Developer Preview. The Pentium 4 has one of the worst performance per clock ratios of any CPU, and while 2.4 GHz may look like a decent speed compared to a modern laptop, it's probably less powerful than a 1.8 GHz Intel Core Duo (laptop CPU from 2006). The performance of your PC might be similar to that of a netbook (though maybe slightly better).

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 8:19 PM
  • List of System Requirements of Windows Developer Preview:
    Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:
     - 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
     - 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
     - DirectX 9 graphics 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
     - Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
     - To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater

    Hope this helps.









    Marilyn

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 8:27 PM
    Moderator