Friday, July 18, 2014

System Requirements For Windows 8 Developer Preview

Happy news for all Windows 8 lovers. Microsoft has confirmed that users of Windows 7 and Vista would be able to install the Windows 8 developer preview on their existing computers. This would be a huge relief since they will be able to install the latest operating system on machines purchased three to four years back. Here we’ll discuss the system requirements for installation.

If you are planning to upgrade to Windows 8 operating system, then you need to make sure that your computer has the least Windows 8 requirements given below.
  • A One GHz or faster 32 or 64 bit processor.
  • A minimum of 1GB RAM or higher. If the processor is 32 bit, make sure that you do have 16 GB free space and if the processor is 64 bit, make sure that you have 64 GB free space.
  • A graphics device that support DirectX 9 with a WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. If you intend to use the new touch functionality in the operating system, make sure that you do have a touch screen display installed with the computer. However, this is not mandatory as you can use the operating system fine with a mouse, and non-touch display.
  • You need to make sure that the screen you have supports a resolution of 1024 X 768 or higher, as you will need it for working with the new Metro styled user interface.
If you have made sure that you do have the required Windows 8 requirements in your system, you can now proceed to download the developer preview version of the operating system. You will be able to choose from the three download options given below on the Microsoft store for Windows 8 developer preview.
  • Windows 8 Developer Preview with Developer Tools (64-bit) – Download 4.8GB
  • Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) – Download 3.6GB
  • Windows 8 Developer Preview (32-bit) – Download 2.8GB
If you choose to install the developer tools version of the Windows 8 operating system, you will have the following developer tools.
  • Windows SDK (Software Development Kit) for helping you in creating Metro apps.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for working with Windows 8 Developer Preview
  • Developer Preview version of Microsoft Expression Blend 5
  • 28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app.
Hope that you now have some idea about the system requirements for installing the developer preview of Windows 8 operating system.

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