Windows 8 System Requirements
Windows 8 works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7.
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
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: MicrosoftDirectX 9 graphics device or higher
Additional requirements to use certain features:
- To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
- 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.
1. If you haven’t already, you will need to either purchase a Windows 8 Upgrade from a retailer, or use the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to purchase and download a Windows 8 Upgrade ISO online from Microsoft to create a bootable USB/DVD with.
2. Do a clean install or clean install with UEFI with your Windows 8 upgrade USB/DVD, and enter your Windows 8 product key number during installation.
NOTE: You can do the clean install using either a local account or Microsoft account. It doesn’t matter.
3. When the clean install is finished, if you check in System, you will see that your Windows 8 upgrade is not activated yet.
4. Do step 5 or 6 below for how you would like to activate the Windows 8 upgrade.
5. Activate by Refreshing the Windows 8 Upgrade
NOTE: You would use OPTION TWO at this link. Be sure to keep your Windows 8 installation DVD in the drive or Windows 8 installation USB connected.
6. Activate Windows 8 Upgrade using a BAT File Download
B) Right click or press and hold on the downloaded .bat file, and click/tap on Run as administrator.
C) If prompted, click/tap on Run and Yes (UAC).
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.
D) You will now notice a command prompt quickly open and close while applying the changes to your registry.
E) Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
E) Restart the computer to apply, and go to step 7 below.
7. When finshed, if you check in System, you will see that your Windows 8 upgrade is now activated with the product key you entered in step 2 above.
8. You have just finished doing a clean install with an upgrade copy of Windows 8.