Next week will be a big week for Windows 8. Micosoft will launch the Windows 8 Consumer Preview at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Feb 29.
So what does that mean? The beta version will be available so here are some tips about what to do with it after you download the copy.
Prelimary Hardware Tips
To start, you will need the following hardware:
- 1GHz processor
- 1GB RAM for 32-bit OS, 2GB RAM for 64-bit OS
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
- 16 GB HDD free space for 32-bit, 20GB HDD free space for 64-bit
Be careful where you install the beta version. Don’t install it on a production system. Install it on a sidebar PC, one that will no be used for any other means except to see the Windows 8 OS in operation.
Also, a PC will probably have the generic drivers needed to make the system operational. So that is a good place to start. How about tablets, laptops, and other devices? Hmm. No don’t do that. Stick to a PC, after all it is a beta version. Also don’t install it over a Windows 7 system. Format the drive, and install clean. If problems occur with the OS, you want to be able to say that it is Windows 8 causing the problems, not some interaction with another OS.
What if I don’t have an ARM based motherboard, will Windows 8 install?
Right now, nobody has ARM, so it will install, and so that will not be an issue. Also, an x86 version is in the works, so your PC’s should handle the Win 8 OS installation.
Finally, Windows 8 has a built in touch screen technology, But that doesn’t mean that now, you can use your regular monitor to do the touch screen operations. For that you will have to purchase a touch screen monitor.
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