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Windows 8 Download, Features And System Requirements

September 25, 2011

Windows 8 is a new version of Windows adding support for ARM miroprocessors  in addition to the traditional x86 microprocessors from Intel and AMD. It has changed its user interface to suit the requirements of touchscreen input along with traditional mouse, keyboard and pen input.

The Windows Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. Windows 8 has got a lot of things to be talked about. Installation of some other softwares or the availabitily of additional and advanced harware may be needed to run some of its product features.

System Requirements

In order to install Windows 8 in your system,  the following requirements are to be met :

  • 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
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
  • To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater

How to install the Windows Developer Preview from an ISO image

The Windows Developer Preview is delivered as an .iso image that must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. Windows Disc Image Burner can be used to covert this file into installable media in case of Windows 7, while on  Windows XP and Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an .iso file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability.

The .iso file that contains the developer tools requires a large capacity DVD called a DVD-9, as well as a DVD burner that can handle dual-layer (DL) DVDs. Most modern burners should be able to handle this format.

Talking about the features that Windows 8 bears, it has got some ultimate features that are good enough to turn the heads around. It promises to offer some fantastic features to woo its users.

Windows 8 New Features

The features of Windows 8 that is ready to please its users are :

  • Metro UI and the conventional Windows Desktop Interface, both available in the same system.
  • Boot up time is very fast.
  • Two versions of IE 10, one of them being specifically designed for tablets and Metro UI.
  • 128-bit display and native support for USB 3.0 look great, too!
  • Windows 8′s disk defragmenter is finally able to take care of your SSD drives and performing the TRIM command is easier than in Windows 7.
  • A lot of sources claim that Windows 8 will offer an improved gaming platform and, more than just that, future may bring integration of Xbox Live.
  • “History vault” is a new feature that will provide automatic backup and only noobs will use.
  • The another feature is Genuine Center that allow you to enter or change your license key, as well as to view the genuine/pirated status of your license.
  • Portable Workspace is yet another feature that allows you to create a portable image, a clone or a whole system backup.
  • New keyboard shortcuts, mouse-only mode, a lot of interface tweaks.

The above discussed features are few to mention, Windows 8 includes several such features to carve its niche.

Divya is a very fun loving and down to earth girl. She loves to hang out with friends and explore new places. She is very much fond of reading novels and at times she do write poems, Knitting her thoughts into words is what she love the most. She is a dedicated article writer of Xinz.
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