Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Windows 8.1: Installation Notes

Windows 8.1 minimum System requirements

·         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

Windows 8.1 Versions

Windows 8.1: This is the standard edition, and it will run on desktops, laptops, and some tablets.

Windows 8.1 Pro: This gives you all of the features of Windows 8.1, as well as some extra features intended for advanced users and businesses. For example, people who need more security can use BitLocker to encrypt their files.

You can buy windows online and create a flash stick or DVD disc.  It is possible to upgrade from earlier versions of windows to windows 8 without any discs too.  I would recommend a fresh installation if you want to maximise your performance potential.  Get windows 8.1

Boot process

Start the computer with the flash stick or the DVD for windows 8 in the drive.  If a windows 8 logo does not appear, you will have to find specific information on how to enable a boot override to start the setup from the media you have selected.

Be patient on the initial boot of the windows 8 disc, an image will sit on the screen for quite a while.  There is no progress bar without an SSD or dated hardware in the installation procedure can be slow to get started.  The computer will restart several times before launching the operating system for the first use.

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