Windows 8 To Have Same System Requirements as Predecessors

Fret not, if you bought a machine that came loaded with Windows 7 or even Vista – it should run Redmond’s upcoming OS without a hitch. Here’s what Tami Reller, Window’s corporate VP said at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in California:

“In both of our Windows 8 previews, we talked about continuing on with the important trend that we started with Windows 7, keeping system requirements either flat or reducing them over time.”

“Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide range of machines because it will have the same requirements or lower,” she added. “We’ve also built intelligence into Windows 8 so that it can adapt to the user experience based on the hardware of the user. So, whether you’re upgrading an existing PC, or buying a new one, Windows will adapt to make the most of that hardware.”

System requirements for Windows 7 are:

  • 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1GB RAM (32-bit) or 2GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Intel’s Next-Gen Chipsets Will Support USB 3.0

According to German site, Heise, they found a presentation that outlines info about the Panther Point chipset series including USB 3.0 integration. These slides were intended for motherboard manufacturers as they discussed the benefits of USB 3.0 (5 Gbp/s speed of course) compared with current USB 2.0 (only Mbp/s). From what Intel has to say, the Ivy Bridge and Panther Point boards will come with four USB 3.0 ports and it will support Windows 7/8 – while XP systems will run the new ports as only USB 2.0 interfaces through a native Windows EHCI driver.

At this point, there’s still no indication of when Intel’s USB 3.0 integration will be generally available, but there’s speculation that the “Panther Point” chipsets are to be showcased at CES 2012.