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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
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?
are four editions as noted below. These are discussed in the Announcing
the Windows 8 Editions post on
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
Windows 8 RT: For supporting ARM devices
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.
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.
can I evaluate Windows 8?
can download and find out more information about the 32-bit or 64-bit 90-day
evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise editionhere.
are the Windows 8 Enterprise minimum system requirements?
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 visitwww.microsoft.com/WindowsToGo.
do I find the Start button?
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.
do I deploy Windows 8?
about deploying Windows 8 can be found onDeliver
and Deploy Windows 8 page.
do I sideload an app?
about sideloading apps and managing the Windows Store can be foundhere.
do I access client Hyper-V?
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.
can I find information about how to download and install Windows 8?
about downloading and installing Windows 8 can be found on theSpringboard
Series for Windows 8 on TechNet
can I find additional help if I run into a problem or have a question about
do I stay informed about Windows 8?
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.
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
Series on Twitter.
( Courtesy :
Anthony_Mann, Microsoft MSFT CSG,
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