Can My Old PC Run Windows 8? If Yes Will Existing Software’s Work?

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on March 5, 2012

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Windows 8 has been released for public some time back recently, if you haven’t downloaded till now and you are interested in trying out windows 8, we have already posted an extensive guide on how you should go forward about installing windows 8 on your new or old Pc, you can read that guide here. In case you have windows 8 developer preview then you should go for a upgrade which will be both more easy and quick, you can read how to that here.

Today we will tell you how can you find out the answer to this common question I keep hearing from friends since windows 8 preview is out i.e Can My Old PC Run Windows 8? If Yes Will Existing Software’s Work? – In our first post on windows 8 titled Windows 8 Install On Old or New PC – Things You Should Know – it has answer to both of these questions but still we would like to give you a clear procedure with which you could find out the answer to both of these important questions.

Can My Old PC Run Windows 8?

Windows 8 requires 1 Gigahertz processor, minimum 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of hard disk space. The minimum RAM requirements are 2 GB in case you would like to install the 64-bit version of Windows 8. In order to find out whether your PC will be able to run windows 8 you should download the windows 8 setup assistant tool from here [ Its 5MB in size ] – It will whether your PC have sufficient hardware to run windows 8 smoothly.

Can My Old PC Run Windows 8 

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On the other hand if you want to find out the answer to the second question i.e

Will Existing Software’s Work On Windows 8?

The same application windows 8 setup utility will tell you which existing apps or software will work on windows 8 as it will generate a report for the same as shown in the snapshots below.

windows-8-non-compatible-apps-report 

Still if you want to find out about specific software’s whether they will be compatible with windows 8, then you should visit the compatibility center webpage where you can find about any software for which you have a doubt that will that work on windows 8.

windows-8-compatibile-apps-lists

Windows 8 Install Possible With Low RAM then 1 GB?

Yes, if you have some what low hardware as in less than 1 GB RAM you can still install windows 8 direct from the ISO file from this link but make sure that processor should be more than or equal to 1 Gigahertz but it will be slow.

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