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windows 8 requirements and advantage over win 7

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    windows 8 requirements and advantage over win 7


    what is cpu/memory requirement of windows 8

    and whats its main advantages over windows 7

    i have intel dual core 1.6Ghz cpu and 3GB RAM

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    If the remainder of your hardware is up to spec, you should be able to run Windows 8 64Bit. 32Bit without problems.
    So far, the consumer release only really shows the touchpad desktop, ( full of "touch icons" ) as the main advantage. But I am cynical. With the various , reliable, tests beginning to come in, its performance is not outstanding over Windows 7. There are one or two extra facilities, many of which can be incorporated into windows 7 with third party add-ons. But I am sure that, before RTM, it will be easier to migrate to, from 7, and, hopefully, will have a much improved performance.

    You might want to read this:

    Here's what's wrong with Windows 8 | ZDNet
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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    But I am cynical. With the various , reliable, tests beginning to come in, its performance is not outstanding over Windows 7.
    I wouldn't be too cynical, I am using windows 8 right now on a 3 year old Netbook with a single core 1.6ghz Atom chip and 1 gig of ram. I've tried running windows 7 starter on it and its as slow as treacle, with Windows 8 it runs faster than with XP.

    I like Metro so I'm probably biased, but for a home user, there are a few advantages. It boots up faster, runs better on older computers, uses less resources, generally feels snappier and shuts down faster(when you learn how to shut it down).

    Also, for the first time you are able to use Apps, which at the moment are free, these are great for all kinds of things like collating multiple news websites, weather forecasts, games and music and stuff like that. Enjoy, I hope.

    Sent from my old single core 1.6ghz Atom Netbook running Windows 8.
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    I have an old XP-era Tablet PC, so it's not the BEST platform for evaluating Win8 ... but that said, I've not seen anything at all compelling in Win8 to make me want to switch -- quite the opposite. All the hardware on my Tablet works in Win7; some of it does NOT in Win8 and that can't be "fixed". I've used Metro, and while it's interesting, without a touch screen, I see no improvement in it over the Win7 desktop. One of the main improvements in win8 was supposed to be "live" Tiles -- but none of mine are Live and I've found no way to make them work. They did in Win8DP; they don't in Win8CP.

    As to performance, it's no faster than is Win7 and, based on the relative difference in noise that the fan makes, it seems to be using MORE CPU cycles and running hotter. It boots no faster than Win7, and doesn't feel any faster at all.

    I haven't installed any of my apps on Win8 because I don't feel like deactivating the ones I use every day on Win7 and am not going to buy another copy of each just to try Win8.

    So basically, to me, Win8 is a repeat of Vista -- no real improvements and some setbacks.
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    I think it might depend upon which apps you have. Not all of mine update or are 'live' but several are. The stock weather that came with it updates regularly, I get a constant slide show from Photobucket (now I'm trying to link my account to the app), and the small currency widget from the charms bar updates regularly.

    Windows 8 runs really well on this 1.73Ghz Core Duo laptop with a gig of ram. I expect much better performance after upgrading to 4Gb. I don't really know what it ran like before with Vista factory loaded as the system was corrupt when I received the machine so I don't have anything to compare it to.
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    @ Mark Phelps
    So basically, to me, Win8 is a repeat of Vista -- no real improvements and some setbacks.
    ,
    Thats a pretty harsh assesment based on one old machine, and this is also an early Beta version, but you're entitled to your opinion. I run it on 3 computers, a 3ghz dual core with 4g of ram, a 3 year old single core Atom Netbook with 1g of ram, and a dual core Atom with 4g of ram attached to a 42" LCD TV.
    I'm amazed how stable and quick Windows 8 is, apart from a few niggly little problems, some live tiles dont seem to work, but overall its pretty good for an early beta.
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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    It's running alright here on P4 non-HT 2.5 GHz, 512 MB RAM (384 Usable) and ATI IGP 9100 video with Aero working:
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    Vista and Win7


    I am running it in Virtual Box (where it uses only 1 core). Look how fast it boots: Start Win8 in vBox1.wmv - YouTube
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I am running it in Virtual Box (where it uses only 1 core). Look how fast it boots: Start Win8 in vBox1.wmv - YouTube
    Ya man I saw that. That is fast.
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I am running it in Virtual Box (where it uses only 1 core). Look how fast it boots: Start Win8 in vBox1.wmv - YouTube
    Ya man I saw that. That is fast.
    a little bit too fast for 1 core. I don't see the picture before the logon
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