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Will your system run windows 8 ??

In order to run Windows 8, your PC or laptop must have a 1GHz or faster processor. Obviously, as with all computers, a better processor will lead to an improved overall experience. In most cases Windows 8 laptops and PCs will run on AMD or – more likely – Intel processors, specifically Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. Intel's Ivy Bridge processors launched in April 2012, and they offer more efficient power consumption, and should therefore run well in thin and light systems. Microsoft is also set to release a version of Windows that can run on ARM's SOC (system on chip) processors.

Windows RT is aimed at portable devices, and shouldn't be confused with the main desktop and laptop version of Windows 8.

The 32bit flavour of Windows 8 requires at least 1GB of RAM, and 2GB is required for a 64bit installation. If speed is important to you, don't skimp on RAM. Get as much as you can, but remember that a 32bit system can use only 3GB RAM. You'll need at least 16GB of hard disk space to run a 32bit installation or 20GB for a 64bit system. These are fantastically low figures, but should be taken with a pinch of salt. They suggest the bare minimum required, and once you start saving things you'll soon run out of space. An SSD rather a traditional spinning disk will help to keep your PC up to speed.

Windows 8 requires a Microsoft DirectX 9 or higher graphics system. If you're not a hard-core gamer, you may find that integrated graphics suffice, especially if you have an Ivy Bridge processor.

To use touch, you'll require a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch, and to access the Windows Store and download and run apps, you'll need an active internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768. To snap apps, a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768 is required.

To install apps from the Windows Store, you'll need to sign up for a Microsoft account.

Windows 8: system requirements

Processor  1GHz or faster
RAM  1GB (32bit) or 2GB (64bit)
Hard disk space  16GB (32bit) or 20GB (64bit)
Graphics card  Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
Windows 8: additional requirements

To use touch  A tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch
To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps  An active internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels
To snap apps  A display with a resolution of at least 1366 x 768 pixels

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