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Will Windows 8 run on my Pentium 4 PC

  1. #1


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    Will Windows 8 run on my Pentium 4 PC


    I have an Intel Pentium 4 (32-bit) Machine with a 2.80 GHz processor (with HT Technology enabled) with a 1 GB of RAM and "Intel Desktop Board D865GLC" Motherboard. So, is it possible to install and run Windows 8 (any version) on this PC configuration? I think it is possible the system requirements of Win 8 are the same as for Windows 7. I am currently win 7 without any sort of problem.

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  2. #2


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 769
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Theory says yes - >= 1GB RAM, 2.8 GHz processor, but if your BIOS is somehow below certain specs, the RP will not install, but the CP, and also DP will install. See here:

    What to do if Windows 8 Release Preview won't install
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,716
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I say yes. I once used to run Windows 7, actually the Release Candidate at the time, on a configuration much like that and it installed fine. The problem was the shoddy graphics performance, I couldn't render video well enough.

    I bet Windows 8 will easily install and have decent graphical performance. I would go for it.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,353
    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    If it can run it on my old 1.5ghz single core Atom Netbook , I can't see any problems whatsoever.
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  5. #5


    Before you trash your system with RP, have a look at:-

    https://www.grc.com/securable.htm

    Give it a run - my AMD Turion 64x2 - the computer says "Yes"
    My Sempron 3000 - the computer says "no"
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  6. #6


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    So, if the Release Preview does not work, then the final release of Windows 8 (that will release in september) would work on my PC or not?
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  7. #7


    Hi basit93. Welcome aboard the forum. I'm assuming to tried to install? If so, What kind? Clean, dual boot, etc? BTW - What BIOS version do you have?
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  8. #8


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 3,000
    Windows 8.1 - 64bit, Others in VMs


    It has to work!
    Boot with the DVD and do a clean install (backup your files first).

    I saw it working even on pentium 3.
    1GB works for me. It can be installed on minimum 512mb (clean install).
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  9. #9


    City of Burj Khalifah
    Posts : 273
    8 Release Preview, 7 Home Premium


    If you can find an updated software for your BIOS much better, make an update.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    I recently saw the microsoft website and its says that Windows 8 Release Preview will work on a CPU that supports PAE
    ,
    NX
    and
    SSE2. So, my PC has Pentium 4 "Northwood" (2.80 GHz) CPU, is this CPU supports all these features?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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