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How to Check If Your Computer Compatible with Windows 8?

Microsoft has released Windows 8. If you want to try the touch-friendly operating system, you need to find out whether your computer compatible with Windows 8? The new system's requirements are basic. It's said that if your computer can run Windows 7, Windows 8 is not a problem for your computer. Here we will show you how to check if your computer can run Windows 8.

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Basic Sysetem Requrments

The minimum system requirements for Windows 8 are basic. If your computer can run Windows 7, it'll be able to run Windows 8. Check your computer and find out whether it meets these following basic system requirements:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

Memory: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) RAM Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Steps to Check Your System Specs

You can make a right click on My Computer in the Start Menu and go to Properties to check your system specs. Or you can go to go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Information.

Possible Problems

Some reports show that some lately launched Windows 7 PCs using Intel's Atom Cedar Trail processor can't run Windows 8. Most of these PCs are tablets and netbooks. The processor has problems with Windows 8. If you use these devices, you'd better stop upgrading and make sure whether it can be compatible with Windows 8.

Windows 8 has some other requirements for some certain functions. If you want to use touch, you'll need a tablet or monitor supporting multitouch.

Windows Store apps require at least 1024x768 screen resolution and apps snapping requires at least 1366x768. For some netbooks with resolution of 1024x600 pixels, this a problem.


Most apps and devices compatible with Windows 7 can work well on Windows 8. You can go to Microsoft's Compatibility Center to find answer. Or you can run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to scan your computer and checks software and hardware's compatibility. You can go to the Windows 8 download site to find the Upgrade Assistant.

Tips: You can use a useful Video Converter to convert and rip all popular video to almost any video and audio format on Window 8. It enables you to download videos from YouTube or other video sharing sites to view offline. You can try it from here.