Thursday, October 20, 2011


Do You Need Windows 8 | Find Out If You Need To Upgrade To Windows 8

Probably not. If you have a PC with Windows 7 installed and it works well enough for what you want to do, leave it alone. Ain’t broke. Don’t fix. Keep your Windows 7 machine updated with the latest security patches as soon as they’re tested and found to be reliable.

But don’t throw it in the trash heap yet. Even if you have a superfast, even the late-model Windows XP machine, and you will even find it hard and you may have trouble getting Windows 8 drivers for all your hardware, and the demands (particularly graphic card demands) of Windows 8 may turn a zippy PC into a slug.

If you have not downloaded Windows 8, just head on to Microsoft's developer site and download it. You'll just need a PC with a 1GHz or faster processor (either 32- or 64-bit), 1GB of RAM (2GB for 64-bit), 16GB of hard disk space (20GB for 64-bit), DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. Of course, if you want to play with Windows 8's touch abilities, you'll need a screen that supports multi-touch.

Besides, if you upgrade to Windows 8 on a Windows XP machine, you have to wipe out the hard drive and start all over. Microsoft doesn’t offer a Windows 8 upgrade DVD that you can install over the top of XP. Save that kind of disk-trashing trauma for a big-payoff move, to a brand-new computer.

Do You Need Windows 8  Find Out If You Need To Upgrade To Windows 8

If you ignore my advice and want to see whether your current Windows XP PC can handle Windows 8, I suggest that you run the Microsoft Windows 8 Upgrade Advisor (Coming Soon) at

If you have a PC with Vista installed, you may just want to take the Windows 8 plunge. The upgrade isn’t painless, and it isn’t 100 percent foolproof. But my experience has been that most PCs upgrade just fine, and the performance benefits (if there are any) show up right away.

Don’t change to Windows 8 just because you want one of the latest Windows Live Essentials. You can download and install them from Microsoft Download Center and you get all the features — although they may be sluggish under Windows XP.

The latest versions of many of the other Microsoft products — Windows Media Player 12, Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft Security Essentials, the Malicious Software Removal Tool (which runs every time you use Windows Update to fetch patches) — all work without a hiccup in Windows XP and Windows 7. You have no reason to upgrade to Windows 8 if you want just the latest Media Player or the Media Center.

Metro Style start menu and Windows Market places and Windows Live ID to sign in, and etc., on the other hand, is available only for Windows 8 users. If you have Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows 7 and you want to run experience all what I have said now, do yourself a favor and buy a new Windows 8 PC. Your hardware will thank you.

However if you want to test Windows 8 on a Virtual machine (this is what I recommend), you need to have the latest Virtual machine software, say for example, VMWare 8, VirtualBox, (all these works well even on Windows XP) etc.

I suggest you to install Windows 8 on VMware 8 Workstation. Read my recent article explaining the Step by Step Instructions To Install Windows 8 on VMWare Workstation 8.


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