Exploring the Windows 8 PC hardware requirements

This article details new information on the (rumored) hardware requirements for Windows 8 systems.

As with any new Windows OS, Microsoft has established a basic set of hardware requirements on which the operating system is designed to run. For touch-enabled tablet devices and convertible PCs, Microsoft has established the following requirements (these are obviously subject to change before Windows 8 ships):

-  Storage: 10GB of free space following initial OS installation
-  Firmware: UEFI
-  Networking: WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy)
-  Graphics: Direct 3D 10 required with WDDM 1.2 driver
-  Resolution: 1366x768px
-  Touch: At least five touch points
-  Camera: 720p
-  Ambient light sensor: 1-30k lux capable, with dynamic range of 5-60k
-  Magnetometer
-  Accelerometer
-  Gyroscope
-  USB 2.0: At least one controller and one exposed port
-  Speakers


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