Microsoft Posts Windows 8 Dev Preview for X86

Posted by at 12:02 am on September 14, 2011

Ahead of an 11PM Eastern promise, Microsoft has posted the Windows 8  Developer Preview.  Intel/AMD based 32-bit (ISO) and 64-bit (ISO) editions are on tap, with an ARM version understandably  left out given the lack of hardware.  The developer center is also now active with more details.

In releasing the developer-focused version,  Microsoft also confirmed that Windows 8 would have unusually low requirements.  The OS needs a single-core 1GHz  x86 processor and just 1GB of RAM for 32-bit installs and 2GB for 64-bit.  Space  limits are also similar to Windows 7, Microsoft says: at least 16GB is needed for  32-bit, with the larger code size pushing 64-bit up to 20GB.  Its toughest  requirement is at least DirectX 9-capable graphics.

Using the tiled Metro  interface demands at least a 1024×768 display and ideally runs on a 1366×768 or  higher multi-touch display.

As a developer-focused preview, the OS  doesn’t have activation requirements but also isn’t recommended for use on a  vital production system.


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