Windows 8 System Requirements For PC And Tablets

With the release date of Windows 8 consumer preview or Windows 8 beta nearing, people will be eager to get their hands on the first beta of the latest Windows Operating System. One of the first thing to look for is that your current computer hardware should be able to meet all the Windows 8 system requirements so that you can run Windows 8 without any problems.

Can you run Windows 8?

If you have already downloaded Windows 8 Developer Preview, you will know that the ISO file does not fit the standard 4.7GB DVD. You will need to have the larger format DVD or otherwise you can use a USB pen drive in order to install Windows 8 on your system. If you don’t want to use the USB drive, you should be clever enough to edit the ISO image of Windows 8 and remove unnecessary files before burning it to the DVD.

Windows 8 System Requirements

Since Windows 8 has been designed to work with both PC and tablets, we should be considering Windows 8 system requirements for both devices separately. Let’s first look at Windows 8 system requirements for PC. It is not very different than Windows 7 as Microsoft has already announced that Windows 8 will be backward compatible with Windows 7.

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

These Windows 8 system requirements for PC are the same as Windows 7. These are the minimum requirements in order to run Windows 8 but it is always recommended that you have far more resources than the minimum requirements in order to run Windows 8 smoothly.

Now let’s go through Windows 8 system requirements for tablets and other smart devices. Since Windows 8 supports multi-touch technology, you need to have a multi-touch compatible hardware in order to enjoy the features and functions of Windows 8.


  • Storage: At least 10gb free space after the out-of-box experience completes
  • System firmware: UEFI
  • Networking: WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy)
  • Graphics: Direct3D 10 device w/ WDDM 1.2 driver
  • Resolution: 1366×768
  • Touch support: At least 5 touch points, must pass all tests
  • Camera: 720p
  • Ambient Light Sensor: 1-30k lux capable w/ dynamic range of 5-60K
  • Magnetometer
  • Accelerometer: 3 axes w/ data rates >= 50Hz
  • Gyroscope
  • USB 2.0: At least one controller and exposed port
  • Speakers

UEFI means Unified Extensible Firmware Interface which defines the software interface between the Operating System and the firmware. This is a new technology which has replaced the old BIOS technology. Now the devices can run UEFI instead of BIOS to start the device. This requirement means that Microsoft can put a restriction on dual-booting Windows 8 with any other Operating System on a tablet. Windows 8 will not be able to dual-boot with any other Operating System which is a big disappointment for many techies.

Please note that these requirements are not final and new Windows 8 system requirements may be released by Microsoft when Windows 8 Final is released. [via]