How low can we go with Windows 8 hardware requirements?
Does Windows 8 really leaner and thinner than its predecessors?
As part of my work with SCCM and deployment projects, I have tested Win8 for the last 6 months and found that this OS provides several novelties, however a few questions are still open:
- True or False – Windows 8 is really leaner and thinner than its predecessors
- Hardware requirements – what is the minimum hardware configuration required for a decent productive office/business environment?
- What is Windows 8 out of box driver support for old devices?
i.e. network adapters, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Sound, display adapters etc.?
- Cold boot speed – is it faster?
Now as Windows 8 Customer Preview Build 8250 is released these Q are put to the test and these are the results:
- Install Windows 8 from the DVD
- Installing "regular" apps (not designed for touch technology nor tiles format)
- Installing Windows 8 touch and tile supporting apps
Apps started for the test:
- Office 2010 – Word
- Office 2010 – Excel
- Office 2010 – Outlook connected to Exchange 2010 mailbox in cached mode
- Internet explorer (two tabs including Flash content)
- Google Earth
- Windows Explorer
- Task Manager
- Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010
- Windows Gadgets
Out of several hardware configurations (deferent types of CPU's, CPU's speed and RAM memory sizes)
I have found that 7 years old computer with the following CPU and memory configuration:
- CPU: Intel T2400 at 1.00 GHz Note: CPU tested speed: 1GHz, max CPU speed is 1.83 GHz
- RAM: 1 GB
- Computer model is: IBM Laptop ThinkPad R60e
Provided a suitable performance for the office environment and includes full support for the R60e devices that includes: 1Gb NIC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sound, display adapter including the Aero support (glass window display) and more.
Windows 8 Start window with all the installed apps
Windows 8 Desktop with all tested apps
Note that even for a slow 1.00 GHz CPU only 30% utilization is required for all these apps
Although the 1GB RAM is loaded (about 90%) still the system almost did not use the disk Virtual Memory (disk utilization is insignificant or equal to 0%)
Task Manager window enlarged from original image above
From turned off computer to logon screen including ThinkPad's welcome: 16 seconds!
Net boot time (excluding the ThinkPad's window): 10 seconds
Windows 8 is better for the Business environment (and others) even than Windows 7 and provides extended life time to old computer hardware resulting a significant savings for the organization and that is before we even started to review the new features that included with Windows 8
For further info contact me:Yagil Adar, CEO
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