Will Windows 8 be free to be installed on any OEM Hardware?

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Windows 8 is about to be released and I have a few questions and concerns as I have been reading a lot of comments about this upcoming operating system.

Will they be releasing Windows 8 with Hardware Certification Requirements? Will they start building computers designed to ONLY run with Windows 8?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #135022

Will Windows 8 be free to be installed on any OEM Hardware?

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No they didn't released computers that are designed for windows 8. Unlike google chromebooks Windows 8 is compatible for x86 hardware mainly desktop computers.

Windows 8 minimum hardware requirements are the same as windows 7. Previous program of windows will also compatible.

Windows 8 Certificate requirements are designed to tablets and convertible devices but it does not apply to PC.

 

 

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Answered By 5 points N/A #135023

Will Windows 8 be free to be installed on any OEM Hardware?

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Hi,

Windows 8 is released. If your system fulfill following mentioned below System requirements. Then you can install Windows 8

Windows 8 system requirement's

Processor:1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2

RAM:1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

Hard disk space:16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Graphics card:Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

I wish this solution will be helpful. Thanks!

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Fenster Maxine

Answered By 0 points N/A #135024

Will Windows 8 be free to be installed on any OEM Hardware?

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Both of your solutions are nice. Especially Fenster Maxine, I like your solution and after reading it I got my expected solution. Reading your answer, I have learned that Windows 8 has been released. I also know the systems requirements in case I want to install it, most of which were unknown to me. Thanks Fenster Maxine for sharing your knowledge with me as well as techyv.com for this discussion.

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Will Windows 8 be free to be installed on any OEM Hardware?

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For Windows 8, if you are planning to install or upgrade to this version, install or upgrade to Windows 8.1 instead. This is required to have a continued support from Microsoft. Before you install Windows 8.1, you must check the hardware requirements first and make sure your computer meets those requirements.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 requires 1 GHz or faster processor with PAE, NX, and SSE2 support; 1 GB RAM for 32-bit and 2 GB for 64-bit; 16 GB free space for 32-bit and 20 GB for 64-bit; and Microsoft DirectX 9-compatible video card with WDDM driver. Microsoft and major computer manufacturers will not release or manufacture computers designed only for Windows 8 because that will limit the functionalities and capabilities of the computer.

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