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Does My Laptop Meet Requirements to Upgrade to Win 8?

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    Does My Laptop Meet Requirements to Upgrade to Win 8?


    I got an old gateway latop. I read that many old laptops can upgrade to Win 8 if the processor can support PAE, NX, and SSE2. Below is the link to my laptop's specs. Does my processor have this support?

    https://panam.gateway.com/s/Mobile/G...8255sp37.shtml

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Koolx, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could download and run the Windows 8 Upgrade Asssistant using steps 1 to 7 below to get a compatibility details report to see what you would need to take care of before installing Windows 8.

    Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Your Laptop Can Run Windows 8, in My Point of View. As long As You Have 1GB+ Ram. But You May Experience Some Programs That Tend To Crash. Here Are The Minimum Requirements :


    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2

    • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
    • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
    • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

      Source: System requirements - Microsoft Windows
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    The system looks too old - Pentium 3 chipset ?. I would avoid installing "Windows 8" to such an old model even if it can barely run.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anshad Edavana View Post
    The system looks too old - Pentium 3 chipset ?. I would avoid installing "Windows 8" to such an old model even if it can barely run.

    Hi, Anshad. Yes I know its old. But what do you think may happen if I install Win 8 on it given my specs? Heres a link to my specs as a reminder:

    https://panam.gateway.com/s/Mobile/G...8255sp37.shtml
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Hi, Anshad. Yes I know its old. But what do you think may happen if I install Win 8 on it given my specs?
    Performance will be affected for sure ( max RAM is 1256 MB - CPU power is too low ). Also you won't be able to run any program which requires video acceleration. You can try running the upgrade assistant and it will tell you whether it is possible to install 8.

    Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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