We all are aware of the new OS "Windows 8" from Microsoft. When it was under development, Microsoft released a few testing versions of Windows 8 such as Developer Preview, Consumer Preview and Release Preview to public for free so that people can test the OS and can provide the feedback to Microsoft. It helped Microsoft in fixing the issues and bugs to make Windows 8 a perfect OS.
Recently Microsoft completed the development of Windows 8 and released it to manufacturing. First it was released to TechNet and MSDN subscribers and a free 90-day trial version of Windows 8 RTM was also provided to public for free.
Today Microsoft has released the final version of Windows 8 to public and now it can be purchased from market and online stores. It'll also come preinstalled in new computer and touch enabled devices such as tablets and smartphones.
If you are going to purchase a new Windows 8 computer, it'll be already compatible with Windows 8 but if you are planning to upgrade your existing computer to Windows 8 RTM, you'll need to know whether its compatible with Windows 8 and whether your existing hardware supports Windows 8?
You can check out following article containing system requirements for Windows 8:
Microsoft has also released a portable tool "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant" which will help you in finding whether your PC is ready for Windows 8 or not.
When you'll run the tool for first time, it'll automatically scan your hardware and installed programs and will show you a report containing compatibility information.
You can also check which apps and devices are compatible with Windows 8 and which are not by clicking on "See compatibility details" link. You can save or print the report as well.
It'll also help you in choosing the Windows settings, personal files, documents and apps which you want to keep while upgrading your existing OS to Windows 8.
At last it'll also let you download or order Windows 8 RTM DVD online.
Interested people can download the free tool using following link:
Please note that if you are using Windows 7 in your computer, your files, apps, and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8. But if your PC is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you'll need to reinstall your apps after you upgrade to Windows 8.
Check out following article for more details:
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