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Can my PC run it?

  1. #1


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 64-Bit

    Can my PC run it?


    Can my PC run Windows 8? Here are my System Specs:

    Asus P5PE-VM Motherboard (BIOS VERSION: Revision 1302)
    1.5 GB of RAM
    80 GB Hard Disk Space
    SoundMax Integrated Audio
    Intel Onboard Graphics (Intel Extreme Graphics 2 92MB)
    1024 x 768 Screen Resolution
    Intel Pentium D 3.0 GHz

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  2. #2


    System requirements:

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    There are at least 2 requirements that your PC doesn't meet: 2GB RAM, 1366X768 screen resolution. I'm not sure about the WDDM graphics driver (Vista or newer drivers). (Win7 can run using XP, also know as XDDM, graphics drivers. 8 will not. Your "92MB" of graphic memory indicates that you're not supporting Aero Glass effects.)

    Any of these would be fixable (more RAM, a new monitor, maybe a discrete graphics card), but may not make economic sense.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hmm... is that 2GB enforced by the installer? If it's like 7 or Vista, then it would still install and run. And, since 8 has much better resource needs, it should work pretty well in 1.5GB.

    Also, Slim, do you set your res to 1024x768 or is that actually your monitors highest resolution? If you can set it higher, then you will get the full benefit (Windows 8 will still install on lower res, but you can't use the Metro Snap feature).

    In any event, there should be a hardware assessment program you can download.. hopefully that's available soon.
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  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Hmm... is that 2GB enforced by the installer? If it's like 7 or Vista, then it would still install and run. And, since 8 has much better resource needs, it should work pretty well in 1.5GB.

    Also, Slim, do you set your res to 1024x768 or is that actually your monitors highest resolution? If you can set it higher, then you will get the full benefit (Windows 8 will still install on lower res, but you can't use the Metro Snap feature).

    In any event, there should be a hardware assessment program you can download.. hopefully that's available soon.
    Upgrade Assistant:

    Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

    The link doesn't lead anywhere yet (1:22 PM EDT), but it ought to work tomorrow. The Upgrade Assistant can be run without buying Windows 8.
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  5. #5


    127.0.0.1
    Posts : 144
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Last time I checked, Windows 8 had the same system requirements as Windows 7 and Vista. RAM is cheap however, and adding more certainly would not be a bad idea.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit, Ubuntu 13.04 64-Bit


    That machine is extremely outdated.

    * The motherboard you're using uses DDR1 memory, and maxes out at 2GB. Finding DDR1 memory to expand it fully may be problematic, on top of that. However, you could probably get away with installing Windows 8 with 1.5, but it may not perform optimally.

    * Your onboard graphics would be way too weak to render a DWM desktop, even if a WDDM driver were available (none are). Even in windows 7, the earliest Intel onboard graphics chip that had WDDM support (for Aero, etc) was the GMA 950, and it BARELY handled it. Windows 8 no longer uses GDI or XPDM, requiring DWM at all times due to the start screen and "Metro" apps. This would be what murders windows 8 for you right here. The only way to solve this is to find an AGP card with a WDDM driver, such as an AGP NVidia 7900GS or AGP ATI Radeon 4670 and use one of them as your graphics card. (They MUST be AGP! You can't get a PCI-E card for your current setup).

    * Your processor is dated, and single core. It's only a step up from a Pentium 4 and not much of one to boot. Relying on the default VESA/VGA driver, windows 8 would be trying to render "Metro" and even the desktop using the CPU where the GPU normally would be used. Expect the UI to respond very slowly, if Windows 8 even installs.

    * 1024x768 resolution is the minimum usable resolution in Windows 8. However, without the 1366x768 widescreen variant, you'll be missing out on the metro snapping feature and whatnot. The only way to fix this is to buy a new monitor, since you're using an old 4:3 LCD panel whose native resolution happens to be 1024x768. This is probably the least of your worries, however.

    My suggestion would be to find an inexpensive newer machine. You can find laptops with decent specs for just under $400 USD that would run many many circles around what you're using today. However, if that's beyond your budget, try finding one of the aforementioned video cards I mentioned above (make sure they support your AGP slot!), so you can at least HW accelerate the desktop/metro UI properly to save your CPU a lot of stress. You will only be able to install the 32-bit (x86) version.
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  7. #7


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by SlimShady View Post
    Can my PC run Windows 8? Here are my System Specs:

    Asus P5PE-VM Motherboard (BIOS VERSION: Revision 1302)
    1.5 GB of RAM
    80 GB Hard Disk Space
    SoundMax Integrated Audio
    Intel Onboard Graphics (Intel Extreme Graphics 2 92MB)
    1024 x 768 Screen Resolution
    Intel Pentium D 3.0 GHz
    Yes it works.

    Yo Shady, we have the same specs! On the machine I'm now: 80GB hdd, resolution and stuff is the same, except I replaced the Pentium D (still runs) with a cheap dual core (for x64 support).

    Pentium D will support the standard x86 (32bit version). The minimum for a clean install (boot from DVD or USB stick) is 512MB RAM.
    I also have 1.5GB and it installs and works well. That 2GB minimum is fantasy. The 64bit works even on 1GB for me.

    Ok it's not a fast combination all that hardware but works for daily simple tasks.

    Give it a go.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit, Ubuntu 13.04 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SlimShady View Post
    Can my PC run Windows 8? Here are my System Specs:

    Asus P5PE-VM Motherboard (BIOS VERSION: Revision 1302)
    1.5 GB of RAM
    80 GB Hard Disk Space
    SoundMax Integrated Audio
    Intel Onboard Graphics (Intel Extreme Graphics 2 92MB)
    1024 x 768 Screen Resolution
    Intel Pentium D 3.0 GHz
    Yes it works.

    Pentium D will support the standard x86 (32bit version). The minimum for a clean install (boot from DVD or USB stick) is 512MB RAM.
    I also have 1.5GB and it installs and works well. That 2GB minimum is fantasy. The 64bit works even on 1GB for me.

    Give it a go.
    His GPU will be the primary problem with Windows 8. I explained in detail in the post above, but he needs to get a dedicated AGP video card on the later end of the AGP era to have a WDDM driver available or else he's going to have a rough time with the UI rendering or watching videos since he'll be stuck on VGA drivers with that setup he's got right now.
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  9. #9


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    It will run - don't worry. And a test with the free version is easy to do.
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  10. #10


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Lazure View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SlimShady View Post
    Can my PC run Windows 8? Here are my System Specs:

    Asus P5PE-VM Motherboard (BIOS VERSION: Revision 1302)
    1.5 GB of RAM
    80 GB Hard Disk Space
    SoundMax Integrated Audio
    Intel Onboard Graphics (Intel Extreme Graphics 2 92MB)
    1024 x 768 Screen Resolution
    Intel Pentium D 3.0 GHz
    Yes it works.

    Pentium D will support the standard x86 (32bit version). The minimum for a clean install (boot from DVD or USB stick) is 512MB RAM.
    I also have 1.5GB and it installs and works well. That 2GB minimum is fantasy. The 64bit works even on 1GB for me.

    Give it a go.
    His GPU will be the primary problem with Windows 8. I explained in detail in the post above, but he needs to get a dedicated AGP video card on the later end of the AGP era to have a WDDM driver available or else he's going to have a rough time with the UI rendering or watching videos since he'll be stuck on VGA drivers with that setup he's got right now.
    We all know that a recent OS requires recent hardware but for testing and different purposes even an older machine works well.
    Know your hardware.

    Don't know what's wrong with that adapter. Mine says onboard Intel 256MB and I have WDDM drivers.
    UI renders well and videos are OK. If you tweak the UI enough you can run the desktop on 32MB graphics (there is no Aero check).

    If it's an older model, he can get the drivers running in compatibility mode.
    All latest drivers should be searched (catalog.update.microsoft.com) and installed manually (no exe's) from Device Manager.
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