Windows 8 to have same requirements as predecessor

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 will run on the same or lower system specifications as Windows 7

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Windows 8 to have same requirements as predecessor Windows 8 could launch in April 2012. A beta build is expected to be released in September of this year
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  July 14, 2011

Microsoft has confirmed the system requirements for Windows 8. It appears that the forthcoming operating system (OS) will run on the same hardware or lower than those deemed necessary by its predecessor - Windows 7.

Windows Corporate Vice-President, Tami Reller was speaking about Windows 8 at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in California that took place earlier this week. This is what he had to say,  "In both of our Windows 8 previews, we talked about continuing on with the important trend that we started with Windows 7, keeping system requirements either flat or reducing them over time. Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide range of machines because it will have the same requirements or lower."

The minimum system requirements for Windows 7 are a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of hard disk space and a DirectX 9 compatible graphics card. These requirements were similar for Windows Vista too, however Microsoft did not confirm if computers running on Windows Vista could run Windows 8.

The reason for this may loom from a lawsuit Microsoft faced in 2008 where it claimed certain systems were ‘Vista capable'. Customers retaliated after they felt they had been defrauded by Microsoft who promoted PCs and laptops as ‘Vista capable', when in reality the computers could only run the bare-bones version of the operating system, known as Vista Home Basic.

Reller also added, "We've also built intelligence into Windows 8 so that it can adapt to the user experience based on the hardware of the user. So, whether you're upgrading an existing PC, or buying a new one, Windows will adapt to make the most of that hardware."

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