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Windows 8 is the current release of the Windows operating system, produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs. It was officially released on 26th October 2012. The operating system was released to manufacturing on August 1, 2012, and was released for general availability on October 26, 2012.

Windows 8 introduces significant changes to the operating system's platform, primarily focused towards improving its experience on mobile devices such as tablets to rival other mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS, taking advantage of new and emerging technologies (such as USB 3.0, UEFI,cloud computing, and the low-power ARM architecture), new security features (such as malware filtering, built-in antivirus software, along with other changes and performance improvements.

Windows 8 also introduces a new shell and user interface based off Microsoft's "Metro" design language, featuring a new Start screen with a grid of dynamically updating tiles to represent applications

Q:What editions are available for Windows 8?
A:    There are four editions as noted below. These are discussed in the Announcing the Windows 8 Editions post on the Blogging Windows blog and theIntroducing Windows 8 Enterprise and Enhanced Software Assurance for Today’s Modern Workforce post on theWindows for your Business blog.

  • Windows 8: For consumers
  • Windows 8 Pro: For business and technical professionals
  • Windows 8 Enterprise: For enterprise customers with software assurance
  • Windows 8 RT: For supporting ARM devices


Q:   How do I upgrade from Windows 8 Consumer Preview (CP) or Windows 8 Release Preview (RP) to the Released-to-Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8?
A:    There is no upgrade path from Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows 8 Release Preview to the Released-to-Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8. If you have already installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows 8 Release Preview, you will be required to perform a clean install. The installation process will automatically create a Windows.old folder that contains all files from your Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows 8 Release Preview installation.

Q:   How do I delete the Windows.old folder?
A:    To delete the Windows.old folder, you follow the same procedure in Windows 8 as you do for Windows 7. Information about deleting the Windows.old folder can be foundhere.

Q:   How can I evaluate Windows 8?
A:    You can download and find out more information about the 32-bit or 64-bit 90-day evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise editionhere.

Q:   What are the Windows 8 Enterprise minimum system requirements?
A:    Your computer must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 20 GB available hard disk space
  • 1366 × 768 screen resolution
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • Internet access (fees may apply)
  • Microsoft account (LiveID) required for some features
  • Some features such as touch and Client Hyper-V may require advanced or Windows 8 certified hardware
  • The Windows To Go feature requires advanced hardware. To learn more about USB drives certified for Windows To Go, please


Q:   Where do I find the Start button?
A:    The Start button has been replaced by the Start screen. For more information about the decisions behind this, see Steven Sinofsky’s blog postsEvolving the Start menu and Designing the Start screen on theBuilding Windows 8 blog.

Q:   How do I deploy Windows 8?
A:    Information about deploying Windows 8 can be found onDeliver and Deploy Windows 8 page.

Q:   How do I sideload an app?
A:    Information about sideloading apps and managing the Windows Store can be foundhere.

Q:   How do I access client Hyper-V?
A:    Information about Hyper-V in Windows 8 can be found in theHyper-V on Windows 8 Client post on the Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings blog.

Q:   Where can I find information about how to download and install Windows 8?
A:    Information about downloading and installing Windows 8 can be found on theSpringboard Series for Windows 8 on TechNet site.

Q:   Where can I find additional help if I run into a problem or have a question about Windows 8?
A:    Please search the Windows 8 TechNet forums for an existing thread that discusses your issue. If you don’t find one, please create a new thread and ask your question.

Q:  How do I stay informed about Windows 8?
A:   You can keep up with general technical information and news by following theSpringboard Series Blog. For technical guidance, tips, and tools, visit theSpringboard Series for Windows 8 on TechNet. You can opt to receive theSpringboard Series Insider Newsletter or follow theSpringboard Series on Twitter.

( Courtesy : Anthony_Mann, Microsoft MSFT CSG, )

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