Over 2 Decade: Journey of Windows – Chapter 7

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In our last blog, we mentioned the importance and the need for Windows for their latest update in their OS, Windows 8. However, as stated before we will describe the specification of Windows 8. But before we go into the specification of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, we will mention the system requirement of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Most people upgrade the latest release of Windows 8 and 8.1 on a new Pc. However, the same can be said about the Microsoft. It has been their policy after the debacle of “Windows Vista”. Microsoft’s R&D team has made special emphasis on keeping the system requirement of every successive Windows OS to a bare minimum. It helps the user with older computers or computer with a low system specifications in terms of either the RAM, ROM or Internal storage.

The minimum specification for you to install Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are as follows:

  • Processor: 1 GHz which supports SSE2, PAE, and NX(more info)
  • RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit system or 2 GB for 64-bit system
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit system or 20GB for 64-bit system
  • Graphics card: WDDM driver and Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics card.
  • The minimum requirement to install Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 on your system are same.  

Specification of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are as follows:

Platform Supported:

Window 8 and Windows 8.1 both are capable of running on a variety of platforms including Pcs, laptops, netbooks, and even on mobile based platform. However, the functionality of Windows OS on mobile is a bit different from that of in Pc. So we will talk about the specification of Windows on Pcs.

User Interface:

A customizable touch-centric start screen. Also, if you have a saved internet access or a wired connection then the tiles automatically update necessary information like Weather and News for the use of user with the help of “live tiles”. Along with the start menu first introduced in “Windows 95” there is a start screen with tiles similar to the Windows smartphone.

Cloud Sync:

To login, you can also configure your Windows live account as well. After Syncing with your Windows live account, you can sync the data and settings with the cloud for backup.

Fast Booting:

The days of waiting for the computer to boost are now over. Windows not only boast its new OS’s fast booting capabilities but recently released a video for the public to view/experience it.

Ribbon Interface:

It was first introduced in MS Office 2007. With Windows 8 and 8.1 even the internet explorer is incorporated with the ribbon interface.


The most crucial aspect when developing an OS is its performance. In every aspect of performance, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 lead Window 7 by a huge margin. It is able to achieve this by making an optimum use of the virtualization and the multi-core processors.

The Launch of Windows 8 in 2011: