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

A First Look at Windows 8’s Interface

Rumors and everything set aside, Microsoft recently demoed the upcoming version of Windows aka “Windows 8”. That’s the name that has been going around, but it appears they’re using it as a codename for the time being. The new interface is quite drastic and the company is building this version to be suitable from small to large touch screens and with the use of a keyboard/mouse or not. They say it will have more to showcase at their BUILD developer event from Sept. 13 to 16 in Anaheim, California – US.

App Store, Cloud Settings in Latest Leak of Windows 8? Wait, there’s more! (Weekend Bonus)

We promise we’ll give this topic a rest – as we shall finish this week off with even more development of future plans Microsoft has in store for all of us. Starting with the app store, people managed to find this logo (right) and several other hints at the code level. This includes trial apps and being able to unlock them to full versions, and other “app store” attributes ranging from screenshots to system requirements. Another leak that has surfaced is that there are some new cloud-based settings that allow one to take their desktop profile and customizations and move them to another system, so allowing you to sync apps as well. There’s also going to be support for 3D displays and Wi-Fi Direct to boot.

That’s not all.

Microsoft also has something else in the works that doesn’t have the number eight in it. The Windows Team launched an RC of Windows Thin PC, or WinTPC, for specific applications. Here’s what MS’s Karri Alexion-Tiernan blogged:

Customers like the reduced footprint of WinTPC – the machines they will likely use it on often have less disk space than brand new machines and WinTPC helps to ensure they will have adequate space. They also like the write filters which are helping customers to secure the device running WinTPC by preventing them from saving data or installing applications locally and they’re also pleased they can leverage their existing System Center products for management and deployment.

This particular version of Windows will hit release sometime before summer.

BSOD in Windows 8 has a Whole New Look

In the past, many of the BSODs experienced in versions of Windows were typically the same. This being blue, the awfully rendered text, and that’s if you’re greeted with one which doesn’t lead to a quick restart. Below is look of how an error screen in Windows 8 looks like, quite simplistic and neat to boot we would say.

It is noted that Microsoft does tend to change things prior to release, and a good example would be the red screen of death that was evident in beta versions of Windows Vista.

Windows 8 to Include USB-bootable Portable Workspaces

Remember when we covered that Microsoft sent early builds to OEMs? We covered a couple features that might ship with the future OS, but here’s another and it’s supposedly called “Portable Workspaces”.

So here’s the deal, there are ways where you can make Windows bootable from a USB flash drive. Now look’s like they’ll be introducing it as an actual feature for Windows 8 – there are some requirements and questions that are left unanswered. First you’ll need at least a 16GB storage drive, and we’re unsure of how many copies you can create or if they will have an expiry date. In the meantime, we’ll have to sit tight and look forward to what the next iteration of Windows brings us.

Microsoft Sends Windows 8 to OEMs

It seemed like it was only a couple months ago that the latest version of Windows hit the market, but recently Microsoft has already started distributing early copies of Windows 8 to key OEM partners. The build is numbered 7971.0.110324-1900, delivered through the company’s Connect testing system, and major OEMs like HP are able to access Milestone 3 of the operating system. They’re advertising the program as “Windows 8 and Server vNext Pre-Release Program”, on Microsoft’s Connect site and needs a special invite code.

One of the purported leaked features of the future OS is the system reset function that everyone’s talking about, however the primary Windows 8 interface is believed to be fully 3D and it’ll be “fully dynamic” – being able to adapt user habits (icons and shortcuts). Another rumored feature is a new fast hibernation mechanism that will takes only 3-6 seconds to save all open documents and running tasks. There’s also rumors of dual-UI bundled, with the addition of a tile-based user interface codenamed “Mosh” to be included.

For the record, this is no April Fool’s joke – if you thought it was then the joke’s on you! 😉