Guidelines For Windows 8 Upgrade

It has been more than a year since Microsoft released Windows 8, and even though this operating system received a cold response from the users, it is slowly catching up with its competitors. One of the reasons why many people are reluctant for a Windows 8 upgrade is that their existing operating systems, Windows 7 or Windows XP, do not give them many troubles.

However, with the end of support for Windows XP operating system, many of these customers have started to upgrade their operating system. However, not all of them have chosen Windows 8 for this upgrade and many think that Windows 7 suits their needs better.

For Windows XP users who wish to upgrade to Windows 8, it might be necessary to make a few hardware upgrades. This is because Windows XP could run even on 256MB of RAM and a processor with a speed of 233 MHz. However, when it comes to Windows 8, the minimum RAM required becomes 1 GB and the processor speed 1 GHz.

One of the techniques by which you could find out if your current hardware is capable of running Windows 8 is to download and run the program Upgrade Assistant. This application is available free of cost to download from the official website of Windows 8. It helps you to find out whether your hardware configuration would run Windows 8 smoothly.

When you purchase Windows 8, it is ideal to buy the installation disc from the authorized retailers. This will help you to reinstall or repair the operating system easily in the future. Now, if you are opting to download the operating system from the official Microsoft website, make sure that you burn the installation files to a DVD for future use. It is also important to note down the product key, which would be necessary if you plan to reinstall the operating system.

While installing Windows 8, you might sometimes encounter errors. In such cases, there are a few things, which you could try, to fix this problem. The first one is deactivating the antivirus software on your computer. Sometimes, antivirus software programs block the running of executable files in your computer.

In addition, run a complete scan of your computer to find out and fix any errors. Experts say that it is advisable to uninstall other operating systems from your computer after taking backup of the data so that Windows 8 upgrade can be carried out smoothly and error-free.
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