Windows 8 FAQ

This Windows 8 FAQ has been created by the staff of Everything Microsoft to provide visitors with information about the Windows 8 operating system.

This Windows 8 FAQ is updated continuously as new facts and features emerge.

Introduction (Updated: 26/10/2012)

Although Windows 7 was only released in October 2009, attention already is turning to its replacement Windows 8 which launched 26th October 2012. Everything Microsoft is dedicated to bringing you all the latest news, rumours, screenshots about the next release of Windows.

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Why is the next Microsoft operating system expected to be called Windows 8?

Microsoft has changed its approach to naming operating systems (e.g XP, Vista) and is using an internal numbering system and the next Windows operating system, Windows 7, is the 7th release.  It has been confirmed that the name of the next Windows operating system will be Windows 8.

When will Windows 8 be released?

Microsoft normally release a new OS every 3 years, so Windows 8 was in 2012, approximately 3 years after Windows 7.

How Much Will Windows 8 Cost?

Windows 8 is priced at a much more reasonable price then Windows.   To see available Windows 8 options, please check out out Buy Windows 8 Page.

Are there beta or release candidate versions of Windows 8 that can be downloaded for testing purposes?

Two Public Windows 8 Builds have been released.  The first release was the Windows 8 Developers Build, and the current release is the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Build 8250) :

What are the hardware and system requirements to run Windows 8?

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 will run on the same hardware that Windows 7 will run on. To be precise, it will run on more hardware configurations considering that Windows 8 will also support ARM processors. Here are the requirements for the 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 driver

Remember to check back as this FAQ will be constantly updated.  More Windows 8 News is available on this site, as well as Windows 8 Themes and Windows 8 Wallpapers.  Also, join the Windows 8 Forum for more Windows 8 news and rumors.

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