Windows 8 Upgrade
There are very simple options for downloading Windows 8 because it is the latest operating system from Microsoft. The software giant is in fact encouraging users of older Windows operating systems to migrate to the latest Windows versions. However, before you execute the Windows 8 download, it is advisable to look at a few things. Here is a list of things that you have to examine before getting a copy of Windows 8 for your PC.
Check whether your favourite applications are compatible with Windows 8
Windows 8 is the latest operating system from Microsoft and therefore should support all latest programs and applications. Nevertheless, it may not always support some of your favourite legacy applications. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to check whether your legacy applications are compatible with Windows 8. This is Windows 8 Upgrade Assistance.
Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to check compatibility of legacy applications in Windows 8
Windows 8 Upgrade assistance is a free service offered by Microsoft to help users check whether their legacy applications in older Windows versions are compatible in the new Windows operating system. Like downloading Windows 8, you can download Windows 8 Upgrade assistant from the Microsoft website. Upon installing Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant on your PC, it will start scanning your PC (laptop or desktop). During the scan, the software will analyse the hardware components of your PC such as RAM, HD, Graphics card, processor, etc and give recommendations to you.
Upgrade To Windows 8
Upon the completion of the scanning, a green or red light will be displayed. If the green light appears, it will indicate that your PC has the necessary hardware requirements to run Windows. If the red light appears, you should conclude that your PC is not strong enough to run Windows 8. Besides this indication, you will get a list of programs (programs installed in your PC at the moment) that are compatible and not compatible in Windows 8.
If a majority of your favourite legacy programs are not supported in Windows 8, it is better not to upgrade to Windows 8. Although you can run your legacy programs in Windows 8 with the help of virtual machines, it is not a permanent solution for the non-compatibility issue.
Microsoft hasn’t raised the hardware requirements for Windows 8 from Windows 7. However, before you upgrade your PC from an older operating system to Windows 8, it is highly recommended to check your system configuration and ensure that it is strong enough to support the new Windows OS.
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