Windows 8 Will Have Same System Reqs as Win 7

The jump in system requirements going from Windows XP to Windows Vista was significant. The move from Windows 7 to Windows Vista, however, wasn't anything of the sort. In fact, Windows 7 ran better than Windows Vista on modest systems.

Even though Windows 8 isn't set for release until 2012 at the soonest, Microsoft is targeting a similar set of minimum system requirements as the ones for Windows 7. By extension, this would mean that Windows 8 will have similar hardware requirements as Windows Vista – an operating system that could predate Windows 8 by three years.

Speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in California, Window's corporate vice-president Tami Reller said, "In both of our Windows 8 previews, we talked about continuing on with the important trend that we started with Windows 7, keeping system requirements either flat or reducing them over time."

"Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide range of machines because it will have the same requirements or lower," she added.

"We've also built intelligence into Windows 8 so that it can adapt to the user experience based on the hardware of the user. So, whether you're upgrading an existing PC, or buying a new one, Windows will adapt to make the most of that hardware," added Reller.

System requirements for Windows 7 are:

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

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  • apache_lives
    The issue with Vista wasnt Vista is was companies like Acer etc that sold units with 512mb of memory and packed it with so much useless junk it just crawled, vista if properly setup was great, i would still take vista over XP any day, and windows 7 - its 99% vista.

    As for Windows 8, WHY IS IT NOT 64 BIT ONLY FFS

  • Anonymous
    I dont get it.

    1;The move from Windows 7 to Windows Vista? Isnt this vise versa?

    2;By extension? What?

    3;Vista was first sold on 2007, and Windows 8 will on sale in 2012, so there will be 5 years, not three.
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  • belardo
    AmigaOS was better with upgrades.

    AmigaOS 3.0 used less memory and operated faster than AmigaOS 1.2 from 5 years before. And that is even with doubling the graphic abilities too boot.

    Someday, Windows will equal Amiga.
  • Thilindi

    I am with you. For its time, Amiga was heads and shoulders above what any other OS could do... that even came out 3 years after. Makes you wonder where we would be if that had been the adapted platform.
  • hp79
    "The move from Windows 7 to Windows Vista, however, wasn't anything of the sort."
    You prefer Vista?