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Windows 8 (Core)

This is the first and original version of Windows 8. This version has actually no name, so it is generally named as Windows 8 Core edition. You can consider it Windows 8 Home Edition; which is not officially released.

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This is the first and original version of Windows 8. This version has actually no name, so it is generally named as Windows 8 Core edition. You can consider it Windows 8 Home Edition; which is not officially released.

Windows 8 Core has limited features as compared to Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise edition. 32-bit edition only supports 4 GB RAM while 64-bit supports up to 128 GB of RAM.

Though core edition of Windows 8 has limited set of features, it has almost all necessary features like Metro UI, password protection, Windows Store, apps and more. This version is suitable for home use.

Windows 8 Description

Microsoft Windows 8 released on October 26, 2012. This was expected a revolutionary operating system for desktop computers. Microsoft overhauled the entire OS to bring the most sophisticated Windows edition ever. The company was extremely excited on first release of Windows 8, and users too.

Windows 8 looks nice and clean at first look. It has Start Screen as first screen instead of desktop. You can login to Windows 8 using Microsoft Account. There are numerous ways to customize user interface.

Windows 8 was a whole new OS for desktop users. Microsoft tried hard to bring this modern UI for desktop machines, but users did not accepted Windows 8 from day first.

Replacing Start menu with Metro menu was the start and end of Windows 8. This single feature made users furious and Microsoft kept convincing users rather than fulfilling their demand, until Windows 8 fall badly as a flop OS.

Windows 8 was actually designed to meet Microsoft’s wishes, not users. The company tried to impose this almost useless OS on users but could not achieve its targets. Anyhow, Windows 8 is a lightweight and fancy operating system and still some people like it.


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Windows_8_X64_English.iso

Windows_8_X86_English.iso


 

What’s New?

  • Stability and bugs fixed.
  • Overall features improved.
  • Refined interface.

System Requirements

Minimum:

  • Processor : 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM : 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Disk Space : 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics : DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver or later
  • Display Resolution : 800 x 600

Recommended:

  • Processor : 2.5 gigahertz (GHz) Dual Core or faster
  • RAM : 4 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 8 GB for 64-bit
  • Disk Space : 160 GB for 32-bit OS 320 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics : Nvidia or AMD
  • Display Resolution : 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
  • Microsoft Account (email) and Internet access.

System requirements

Applies to: Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1


  • Processor. 1 gigahertz (GHz)* or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
  • 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

If you’re running Windows 8 you can get a free update to Windows 8.1. Just tap or click the Windows Store tile on your Start screen. Once you’ve moved up to Windows 8.1 you should get the update automatically. If you don’t, follow these steps to get it manually using Windows Update.

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, run, and snap apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
  • Microsoft account required for some features
  • 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
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software (more info)
  • BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive (Windows 8.1 Pro only)
  • BitLocker requires either Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or a USB flash drive (Windows 8.1 Pro only)
  • Client Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system with second level address translation (SLAT) capabilities and additional 2 GB of RAM (Windows 8.1 Pro only)
  • A TV tuner is required to play and record live TV in Windows Media Center (Windows 8.1 Pro Pack and Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack only)
  • Miracast requires a display adapter which supports Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.3, and a Wi‑Fi adapter that supports Wi‑Fi Direct
  • Wi‑Fi Direct Printing requires a Wi‑Fi adapter that supports Wi‑Fi Direct and a device that supports Wi‑Fi Direct Printing
  • Free internet TV content varies by geography, some content might require additional fees (Windows 8.1 Pro Pack and Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack only)
  • To install a 64-bit OS on a 64-bit PC, your processor needs to support CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW, and LAHF/SAHF
  • InstantGo works only with computers designed for Connected Standby

We also recommend that you visit your PC manufacturer’s website for info about updated drivers and hardware compatibility.

* Prior versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, have limited support when running on new processors and chipsets from manufacturers like Intel, AMD, NVidia, and Qualcomm. For more information, please see the Support Lifecycle FAQ. A device may not be able to run prior versions of Windows if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period.

Windows 8


  • 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

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 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)
  • 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)

* Prior versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows 8, have limited support when running on new processors and chipsets from manufacturers like Intel, AMD, NVidia, and Qualcomm. For more information, please see the Support Lifecycle FAQ. A device may not be able to run prior versions of Windows if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period.

Find detailed requirements HERE.