ARCHIVED: About Windows 8.x at IU

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System requirements

Windows 8.x is designed for using touch, mouse, and keyboard together, on hardware ranging from touch-enabled tablets and laptops to PCs and all-in-one computers, including those without touch capability.

The minimum hardware requirements as specified by Microsoft, with further recommendations from UITS, are:

Microsoft recommends UITS recommends
1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
Dual-core (Core 2) processor
1 GB of system memory (32-bit) or 2 GB of system memory (64-bit)
2 GB of system memory
DirectX 9-capable graphics processor, with Hardware Pixel Shader v2.0 and WDDM 1.0 or higher driver support
128 MB of graphics memory
256 MB of graphics memory and a non-integrated video card.
40 GB of hard drive capacity with 16 GB free space (32-bit) or 20 GB free space (64-bit)
80-100 GB of hard drive capacity
DVD-ROM drive  
Audio output capability  
Internet access capability  
Additionally, a new element is the requirement that modern UI applications have a minimum of 1024 x 768 screen resolution, and 1366 x 768 for the snap feature.

Availability at IU

Upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

If your system is running Windows 8 Enterprise or Windows 8 Pro and it was activated via KMS (Key Management Service) or MAK, Microsoft does not make the Windows 8.1 upgrade visible to you via the Windows Store. You will need to upgrade through media; this information will be updated when the upgrade DVDs are available at IU.

If you are running a non-volume license version of Windows 8, you should be able to get the Windows 8.1 upgrade through the Windows Store.

Microsoft requires that your current system be fully up-to-date/patched before the upgrade will be available in the Windows Store. Specifically, the update KB 2871389 must be installed before the Windows 8.1 upgrade will be visible in the Windows Store.

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Last modified on 2021-09-07 17:07:55.