Now as many of you might already be aware, Microsoft hasn’t yet made any official announcements about the exact system requirements needed to run the new Windows 8 operating system. This is other than that of normal hardware requisites which is similar to that of or lower than Windows 7 and its specifications.
In the same light, here are the official hardware requirements for a normal Windows 7 operating system:
- 1 Gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 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 Device with WDDM 1.0 or higher drivers
Understanding Windows 8 and its Requirements over Windows 7 vs. Windows 8 Comparisons
Microsoft suggests that Windows 8 is expected to run with a wide range of devices and machines and not just desktops or laptops. And as such, chances are the above given hardware requirements in running Windows 8 may not necessarily be applicable on other devices such as tablets and slates.
In general, all modern tablets and slates offers advanced and enhanced configurations as compared to the specifications as discussed above. So if you are using a computer, a laptop, a tablet or a slate which was purchased maybe 1 to 2 years back, you might need to get yourself a new one to enjoy the improvements made on the new Windows operating system.
And also in taking a look at the problems as mentioned earlier in this article, here are some of the possible solutions as suggested by Microsoft and its Support team so as to give you the ultimate Windows 8 experience.
- New touch screen monitor ergonomically designed for natural positioning optimized for frequent hand and finger movements
- New computer desks with slots for placing monitors facing in the correct angle for easy viewing and easy touch operations
- Changes to your room lights to avoid glare on touch based computer screen positioned in an angle for touch operations
So to conclude, I’d say Windows 8 sure looks to me like the better of the two (Windows 7 vs. Windows 8). And I would any given day opt for Windows 8 over Windows 7 and prior versions.