Installing Free Windows 8.1 – Step1: Checking System Requirements
Windows 8.1 is not intended for the computers running Windows XP or Vista. Hence, before planning for the free Windows 8.1 installation it is necessary to check whether your system is capable of running it and the already installed softwares are supported in new Windows 8.1 version.
How to Check 64 bit or 32 bit Compatibility?
Since Windows 8.1 version is offered in 32 bit (x86) as well as 64 bit (x64), it is necessary to find out the version supported by your system. The difference between 32 and 64 bit refers how your processor handles the information. 64 bit version handles larger size of RAM comparatively than 32 bit and hence the system speed will more with 64 bit processors.
In order the check whether your computer supports 64 bit, just right click on the “My Computer” icon in the desktop and check the compatibility under “System” section. The sample check is shown in the below picture for Windows 7.
Using Microsoft’s Upgrade Assistant and Compatibility Center
The minimum installation requirements for Windows 8.1 are as follows:
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB RAM for 32 bit and 2 GB RAM for 64 bit
- 16 GB free Hard disk space for 32 bit installation and 20 GB for 64 bit
- Supported Graphics Card for Microsoft DirectX 9 with WDDM driver
- Minimum screen resolution of 1024×768 is required to open Windows Store and download apps
- In order to use touch features, you should have a supported monitor
It is highly recommended to check the system requirement especially when you are using Windows XP or VISTA. Click on the below button to download the free Windows upgrade assistant offered by Microsoft to check the system requirement and the supported softwares which are already installed on your computer.