Windows 8 Minimum and Recommended Hardware Requirements

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Windows 8 system requirements

If you want to run Windows 8 on your existing PC/Lap, here’s what you need to have:

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




1 GHz clock speed
IA-32 or x64 architecture
with Support for PAE, NX and SSE2

x64 architecture
Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) support

Memory (RAM)

IA-32 edition: 1 GB
x64 edition: 2 GB

4 GB

Graphics Card

DirectX 9 graphics device
WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

DirectX 10 graphics device

Display screen

1024×768 pixels (Windows Store)

1366×768 pixels (for snap apps)

Input device

Keyboard and mouse

A multi-touch display screen

Hard disk space

IA-32 edition: 16 GB
x64 edition: 20 GB

Others USB 3.0 port
UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B with Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in its database
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Internet connectivity

To receive logo certification, Microsoft requires that an x86 system resume from standby in 2 seconds or less

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch (more info)
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)
  • Secure boot requires firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI signature database
  • Some games and programs might require a graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 or higher for optimal performance
  • Microsoft account required for some features
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software (more info)
  • Windows Media Center license sold separately (more info)
  • BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive (Windows 8 Pro only)
  • BitLocker requires either Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or a USB flash drive (Windows 8 Pro only)
  • Client Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system with second level address translation (SLAT) capabilities and additional 2 GB of RAM (Windows 8 Pro only)
  • A TV tuner is required to play and record live TV in Windows Media Center (Windows 8 Pro Pack and Windows 8 Media Center Pack only)
  • Free Internet TV content varies by geography, some content might require additional fees (Windows 8 Pro Pack and Windows 8 Media Center Pack only)



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