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Installing Win8 When not Meeting the Requirements

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    Installing Win8 When not Meeting the Requirements


    I am wondering if any of you have installed Win8 without satisfying "the official requirements," and, if so, what your experience has been having done so. I did it on a, I guess, 6-year old HP Pavilion lappy (2.2 GHz processor and 2 GB RAM), and the results have been definitely good enough. I have a couple of more or less minor problems, but others are experiencing the same ones even they they met the official requirements. Even the two GB of RAM is OK since I am not doing anything remotely demanding.

    I have attached, via two pngs, my "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant Report" FYI. Note that I ran the assistant after doing the upgrade so it shows that I am running Win8 already. Note that two items are duplicated towards the middle of the report because of my carelessness.

    I also wondering what I am missing by not having the UEFI interface. I don't perceive that I need to change any related settings. Action Center alerted me to an updated driver for my card reader. I did the update. And, the assistant report indicated that I needed an app to play DVDs. So, I got the free Media Center download. The only other thing I had to do (because I hate tap to select) was to get, from HP, a Vista driver (probably updated from the original) for my touchpad. I had to do the same when upgrading from Vista to Win7 on the same machine.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Report 1.PNG   Report 2.PNG  

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I actually would like to know this too. I believe I might be installing Windows 8 on an IBM ThinkPad T42, with a Celeron processor if I remember correctly. I don't believe it had PAE support.
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    I wasn't sure about PAE support on my machine. The assistant didn't raise an alarm about lack of PAE, so maybe my machine has it. Are you going to run the assistant?
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    You could try installing the Preview version or one of the other trial versions that you can get from MS.

    The problem with laptops is that they are more likely to come with specialist hardware for which W8 drivers are difficult to find.

    I can't get W8 drivers for the finger print reader in my 2 year old Dell Laptop, and I only got the Bluetooth adpater to work with the greatest of difficulties.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yeah, I'm going to run the Upgrade Advisor first so that will decide if 7 or 8 will be installed. Hopefully 8 can be installed, as that's like a seven or eight year old laptop. An IBM ThinkPad is built with balls! The other issue will be of course drivers. I know that the laptop is running Windows 7 Professional, but Aero obviously doesn't run but it seems the graphics chip can still support 7's sleep mode. The other issue will be the 20 gig hard drive, which I'll have to recommend either getting a larger drive, or swapping out the optical drive for a hard drive, which by the way, that ThinkPad actually has that accessory for purchase.
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    I'll be interested in seeing what the upgrade assistant says. keep us posted. And, good luck.
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