Minimum Hardware Requirements for Better Performance For Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 10

With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 10, it is important for users to ensure that their PC, tablet, or laptop is up the challenges and demands of these two operating systems. To make the most out of your chosen system and have your device running at its optimum performance, you have to learn the minimum hardware requirements to keep you going with your everyday tasks.

Requirements for Microsoft Windows 8

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Windows 8 from Microsoft

For you to run Windows 8, your laptop or PC must have a processor of 1GHz or faster. Needless to say, as is the case with all computers, a better processor makes it possible to enjoy an improved overall experience.

Most Windows 8 PCs and laptops are running on AMD or more likely, on Intel processors, particularly Core i7, i5 and i3 processors. The Ivy Bridge processors that Intel launched back in April 2012 offered more efficient consumption of power and therefore, these should run well in light and thin systems. Also, Microsoft released a version of Windows which can run on ARM’s system on chip or SOC processors. Window’s RT is meant for the portable devices and must not be confused with the primary laptop and desktop version of Window 8.

Windows 8’s 32bit flavor calls for a minimum of 1GB of RAM, while the 64bit installation required 2GB. For users who find speed very important, it is advised not to skimp on RAM. Try to get the highest that you can. However, take note that systems of 32bit can only make use of 3GB RAM. We recommend at least 4GB Ram for 32bit systems and 8GB for 64bit systems as a minimum.

You will need a minimum of 16GB of hard disk space in order to run a 32bit installation or a 20GB for systems of 64bit. These are amazingly low figures but it is something you have to take with a pinch of salt. They recommend the bare minimum needed and the moment you start to save things, sooner or later, you will be running out of space. A good sized hard drive of around 500GB is a good start. An SSD drive instead of the usual spinning disk is going to help you in keeping your PC up to speed. SSD drives are slightly smaller than normal hard disks and are also slightly more expensive but worth it for better perfomance.

For Windows 8, you will also need a Microsoft DirectX9 or even higher graphic systems. In case you are not a hardcore gamer, you may find that the integrated graphics to be adequate already, specifically if you are using a Ivy Bridge processor.

For you to use touch, you will need a monitor or tablet that has multi-touch support. When it comes to accessing Windows Store and downloading and running apps, you will need an active internet connection as well as a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768. Meanwhile, a minimum screen resolution of 1366 x 768 is needed to snap apps.

For installation of apps from Windows Store, you will have to sign up for your own Microsoft account.

System Requirements

  • RAM: 1GB (32bit) / 2GB (64bit)
  • Processor: 1GHz or faster
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
  • Hard disk space: 16GB (32bit) / 20GB (64bit)

Requirements for Microsoft Windows 10

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Windows 10 from Microsoft

After Microsoft released Windows 10, it has lots to make up for following the entire Windows 8 debacle and the early reports suggest that the Windows 10 will go some way to restore faith in the platform. The comeback of Start Menu is a good thing, while the new Edge web browser is a much better replacement of the old Internet Explorer. The UI of Windows 10 has been reworked from the Windows 8’s touch-biased interface accordingly.

Minimum Specs of Windows 10

The official minimum specs for Windows 10 as given by Microsoft:

  • Display: 1024×600 or above
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 9 with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Hard Disk Space: 16GB for 32-bit OS and for 64-bit OS, 20GB of storage is required.
  • RAM: 1GB for 32-bit and for 64-bit, 2GB is required.
  • Processor: 1GHz or quicker processor or SoC

Obviously, you will need internet connection as well as an account on Microsoft is a must. It goes without saying that if you like to take advantage of the touch interface of Windows 10, you will need a touch screen display. If you do not have one, mouse and keyboard will be fine.

Before diving into the specs of the system to see if you meet the grade, there is one simple check though. Does your PC run Windows 8.1? If yes, you are good to go with Windows 10. Another way to determine is if your tablet or PC is running Windows 7SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update is used to the feature “Check my PC” to get the Windows 10 app.

Requirements for Cortana

Cortana from Microsoft

Cortana Search Assistant From Microsoft

Keeping in mind one of the core new features of Windows 10, Cortana personal assistant will be available only in particular languages and in Windows 10 versions for particular countries. Such countries are United Kingdom, United States, France, China, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Basically, Microsoft will expand this selection over time, yet it is likely to remain limited for the meantime.

Furthermore, you will need to ensure that your computer has a microphone hooked up in order to benefit of the voice recognition input system of Cortana. Microsoft recommends a hardware driver with a microphone array geometry exposed and a high fidelity microphone array. A decent web cam can do the trick and if you are using a laptop, you don’t need to worry about this.

Knowing the minimum requirements for Windows 8 and Windows 10 will not just enable you to determine is your PC or laptop is compatible with these operating systems, but also you can be assured that either of this Windows operating system will work on the computer you are using at home or office. So, make sure to read those minimum requirements carefully for you to avoid any compatibility issues that could cause any inconvenience or headaches in the long run. If you are still confused with the things you need to know, please ask us for professional assistance.