Windows 8 Hardware necessities for desktops, laptop, tablets and convertibles

With the advancement of technology, a huge development has also taken place in the world of Microsoft Windows. Windows 8 is about to release in October 2012. Computer technicians must be aware of, the hardware requirements of Windows 8 and the alterations that this new dais will bring at the arrival of Windows 8.

It was in the month of December that Microsoft confirmed hardware necessities for Windows 8 PC and tablets. The documentation for the hardware necessity itself is quite robust, including tons of detailed necessities. However, there are few appealing focuses within the documents. Following are some of the necessities.

windows 8 hardware requirements

Safe boot on ARM – This necessity prevents users from setting up a secondary operating system (OS) on their ARM-based tablets. While booting, Windows will mechanically verify the operating system guarantee that it has a safety key confirmable by the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). In case the security key isn’t certifiable, the system won’t boot. Producers will be able to get safety keys from Microsoft for laptops or tablets that are planned to dual-boot.

NFC “touch marks” – NFC technology isn’t a constraint for Windows 8 appliances. However, if it’s installed in the hardware, there ought to be a touch point. This touch point must be easily recognizable, specifying accurately where another NFC capable device can be located to set with it.

5-Point touch – Microsoft isn’t compelling manufacturers to include digitizers in all appliances. What they are necessitating is that every touch PC, whether a tablet or convertible PC, employ digitizers that support at least 5 touch points.

Hardware keys – All Windows convertible PCs and 8 tablets have just 5 hardware buttons; Rotation Lock, Volume Up, Power, Windows Key and Volume Down. The Windows key also has a minimum size necessity; 10.5 mm in diameter.

Minimum components for convertible PCs and tablets – Disintegration comes logically with Windows. For handling that problem in the convertible PC and tablet market, Microsoft has put down certain strict rules on hardware components.

  • 64-bit (x64) processor or 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86)
  • System firmware: UEFI
  • Storage: A minimum of 10 GB free space
  • Graphics: Direct3D 10 device w/ WDDM 1.2 driver
  • Touch support: A minimum of 5 touch points, must pass all tests
  • Resolution: 1366×768
  • 2 GB RAM (64-bit) or 1 GB RAM (32-bit)
  • Camera: 720p
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer: 3 axes w/ data rates, greater than or equal to 50Hz
  • USB 2.0: No less than one controller and exposed port
  • Ambient Light Sensor: 1-30k lux capable w/ dynamic range of 5-60K
  • Networking: WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy)
  • Speakers

Finally, all Windows 8 PCs should bear no-reboot graphics driver updates.

To your success

Yogesh Vashist

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