Everything Need to Know Before Installing Windows 8

Windows 8 is the biggest release of October month in the year 2012 and most talked among professionals. Criticizer has driven some pros and cons of having Windows 8 machine and I'll address the needed specifications for you to make your PC Windows 8 enabled. Normal as well as advanced users would already try Windows 8 however the final released version requires certain specifications unlike the pre-released version. 

Windows 8 Start Screen

October 26 was the date when Windows 8 released worldwide and since then Microsoft offers Msheep (People who fall in love with Windows OS) or Windows OS users to upgrade their current PC to Windows 8 or Windows 8 PRO for only $39.99, purchase from Microsoft. It doesn't matter whether you are using Windows XP, Vista or 7 everyone is free to taste Windows 8 after paying the minimal cost as well as have the flexibility to travel with all their PC settings & configurations, personal files and third party applications. 

Though, these features are limited if you are using older version of Windows OS. Yeah, you need to focus on below points for more details:

Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant
Upgrade Assistant for Windows 7 OS
  • Windows 7 users can transfer their system configuration settings, saved data and third party applications if they have purchase it after Feb 17 and before end June. 
  • Windows Vista users can only transfer their saved data and user settings. Installed application of Windows Vista is no more supported by Windows 8. Don’t worries, Windows 8 have the great apps gallery to provide you all the benefits of Vista in more improved and fast way.
  • In the end, Windows XP users can only transfer their hard drive data. User settings and applications programs are all limited to only Windows 8. 
After reading the above pros and cons (Depends on the Version you are using) of having Windows 8, you can heads up to requirement sheet needed to install Windows 8. However if you don't have those requirements, you need to begin preparing for Windows 8. Don't worry I'll tell you in rest parts of this article and ensures that anyone of you can have Windows 8 on their targeted machine. 

You can directly check for Windows 8 compatibility, Online facility provided by MS to test and make sure that weather your current configured PC can have Windows 8 or not. Alternatively, Below are some quick introduction regarding Windows 8 requirement:

  • Processor 1GHz or Above
  • RAM : 1 GB for 32-Bit or 2 GB for 64-Bit
  • Space : Minimum 20 GB of hard disk Space 
  • Videos graphics and direct x will be latest or upgraded from previous OS.
Moreover, above mentioned requirements are almost similar to Windows 7, so if you have PC running Windows 7 can easily upgrade to Windows 8 without looking for any extra specific requirements. Out of above mentioned requirement, you need to take care of some other things to make sure that everything is working fine and you will never lost your precious data.

Backup, Backup, Backup!!! 

The most important thing you should never forgot, that is to take backup of all your important files and folders to an external storage media before going to install Windows 8. This will assures that if anything goes wrong, you're still able to retrieve your files. There are many ways to take backup and live up with your old data, such as creating system Image or create drive/volume backup. You can also backup your emails, important bookmarks and files history and synchronize it to your new Windows 8.

Remove bugs, traces of faulty third party applications
This is to free you from old program bugs, malware/virus or anything else that could ruin the joys of your Windows 8. You are advised to uninstall useless third party applications, remove junk from system and repair damaged or corrupted registries. However, if you don't want to mess up yourself with such headache, you could simply choose a fresh copy of Windows 8 installation and easily remove all traces of your previous OS as files and documents. Remember, this option will wipe off everything on your hard drive and if you don't have backup copy, you could never see your data in future. 

Backup Hardware Drivers Too
It is possible that new Windows 8 could failed to support some or all of your system hardware parts and Windows 8 upgrade assistant may flag such items to be not able to carry forward to Windows 8. You don't want to lose your important drivers, right? For same, you are advised to backup your driver’s setup copy and place it somewhere else and use it later for installing those items again in your Windows 8. 

Gather Product Keys and Setup File
As you choose to install Windows 8 and wipe off all your previous applications programs that is important but later you realizes and wants to carry it with your new Windows 8, you need setup files as well as license keys of the same. 

This is all you need to take care of before going to install the next generation OS-Windows 8 on you new  build o old PC. If you believe some or all of your hardware configurations are too old and couldn't handle the burden of Windows 8, you'll need to upgrade it ASAP to taste benefits of Windows 8. 

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