It is only a day or two left when the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 will make an appearance on 29 February at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. Microsoft says that the Beta version of Consumer Preview of Windows 8 will be officially released by the end of this month.
Till then we have enough time to prepare our Windows 7-based system to welcome the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on it. Here are some tips to prepare your system for Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
If you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista running on your PC then you won’t face any problem, but if it is running on Windows XP then you might face some issues. To install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the basic requirements are as follows:
• 1GHz processor
• 1GB RAM for 32-bit OS, 2GB RAM for 64-bit OS
• DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
• 16 GB HDD free space for 32-bit, 20GB HDD free space for 64-bit
Also, you need to keep in mind the following points while installing Windows 8 on your system:
• Try to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a desktop system as these systems have the most generic of drivers. You might be able to get Windows 8 installed onto a notebook, netbook, ultrabook, tablet or whatever, but the lack of a single driver can spoil your plans to test Windows 8.
• It is recommend to have a reasonably fast SATA drive installed on your system. Though older IDE hard drives will work, but system performance might take a hit.
• Installing the Consumer Preview over the top of a Windows 7 installation might be supported, but at this stage it may give you troubles. So, it is recommended to install Windows 8 onto a new PC. This will leave your existing system untouched.
• Alternatively, you can back up your current system and then perform ‘wipe and install’.
• Windows 8 is a touch-based operating system, so you’re not going to get the best out of it on a system connected to a keyboard and mouse. So, consider fitting a multi-touch enabled LCD monitor to your system.
Know more about installing Windows 8 on your system from here.