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System Requirements and List of Companies offering Windows 8 Upgrade

System Requirements and List of Companies offering Windows 8 Upgrade

Windows 8 is finally here and users will be thinking of upgrading to Windows 8 from previous version, especially Windows 7. For some it might be hard to switch but the fact is Windows users will eventually have to switch to the new platform. Microsoft has launched its new platform seeing the future with enhanced touch and keyboard compatibility as well as older desktop integration.

Anyway, if you don’t want to buy a new Windows 8 PC , bu prefer to upgrade your system to the windows 8, you may want to make sure your system meets the requirements. Interestingly anyone who bought a laptop after June 2, 2012 are lucky as the Microsoft has an offer for those consumers, in an effort to boost the adoption of its new platform Windows 8. Anyone who purchased a qualified Windows 7 laptops after June 2 can get a download copy of Windows 8 Pro for as cheap as $14.99. If your systems don’t meet the requirements, you can still buy the Windows 8 Pro download version for a price of $39.99 or DVD  for $69.99.

However, before you upgrade to Windows 8, you have to make sure your laptop meets basic hardware requirements as well, not all systems will be able to switch to Windows 8, according to Microsoft, any systems to run Windows 8 need to meet minimum hardware requirements as follows:

  • A processor clocked at 1GHz or more
  • 2GB of RAM for 64-bit system, 1GB for 32-bit
  • 20GB Hard Drive space for 64-bit, 16GB for 32-bit
  • Direct X9-capable graphics.

Not all systems may meet above requirements. Anyway, you should also note there are some other requirements as well for enjoying full features of the Windows 8. The Windows 8 is built around touch-based navigation and if you want to utilize that functionality you need a touch-screen. Your primary source of the Windows 8 apps will be Windows Store, and for purchasing and downloading apps for your system you need an active internet connection. If your system is as low as 1,024-x768, you may be able to snap apps, you may need up to at least 1366×768 in order to use apps side-by-side.

Not over yet, you will also need device drivers to run Windows 8 smoothly and play nice with your hardware. Most manufacturers are offering driver support for PC sold over the last year, but cutoff date varies. We have a list of manufacturers that offer free Windows 8 upgrade for systems sold between specific dates. If you have already got a copy of  Windows 8 to upgrade your system and your system meets all the requirements mentioned above, you may want to check out this article, how to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 , keeping Windows 7 settings and files.

Dell/Alienware

Supports upgrade for qualified systems sold between  June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. You can upgrade at anytime before February 28, 2013, for more information follow the link.

Fujitsu

Supports Windows 8 upgrade for systems sold between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. Here is a list of systems eligible for the upgrade.

Acer

Offers Windows 8 upgrade for Windows PCs sold between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, and offers upgrade assistant to guide you through the upgrade process. Find more details about the Acer Windows 8 upgrade offer here

ASUS

Qualified Windows 7 systems sold between October 1 and December 31, 2012. You can find more about the ASUS system upgrade here.

Gateway

Eligible Windows 7 computers sold between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. You have to get your system upgraded before February 28, 2013. The company also offers a support tool for determining whether or not a system is supported, find more about the Gateway Windows 8 upgrade offer here.

Lenovo

Windows 7 computers purchased between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. Lenovo is also offering upgrade to several laptops including ThinkPad and Lenovo B, E, K, M and V series as well as IdeaPad models.  head over to Lenovo for more details.

Vizio

Offers Windows 8 upgrade for all Windows 7 Vizio PCs with drive updates and a detailed installation instructions. Head over to Vizio Windows 8 upgrade page

eMachines

Any Windows 7 PCs sold between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, must be redeemed before before February 28, 2013. Follow the link for more details on eMachines Windows 8 upgrade offer.

Panasonic

Panasonic offers Windows 8 upgrade for Toughbook series with detailed download information.

Sony

Offers Windows 8 upgrade for Windows 7 computers sold between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. The company has posted a list of eligible systems on its offer page

Toshiba

Toshiba offers Windows 8 upgrade for PCs purchased after June 1, 2012 with an upgrade assistant for installing Windows 8 on the systems.  You can also find step by step instructions for systems sold between January 1, 2011 and June 1, 2012.

Samsung

Samsung has posted a list of eligible models on its Windows 8 upgrade page with a step by step installation guide.

Microsoft has a list of companies that offer Windows 8 upgrade, head over to the page for more details.

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