Those who are eagerly awaiting the release have been asking the same old questions about the hardware requirements for the Windows 8.1 OS. They are wondering whether the Windows 8 requirements would be the same for Windows 8.1. Many have installed and used the Windows 8.1 preview to check whether their system requirements would be enough.
About the new Windows 8 requirements for the update
Microsoft is very keen on rectifying many of the user complaints regarding the Windows 8 OS. Windows 8.1 is essentially an update for the Windows 8 OS. Hence, it would work on systems with the minimum Windows 8 requirements.
In other words, the Windows 8 users need not have to worry about updating their system hardware to support the new Windows 8 operating system. As such, the Windows 8.1 OS update would be available for the Windows OS users, free of cost.
About the Windows 8.1 Preview
The soon-to-be released Windows 8.1 update is already available if you are buying the latest Microsoft Surface tablets. They will already be shipped, preinstalled on any new laptops and tablets available in the market. However, the current Windows 8 OS users would have to wait a little bit more before the Windows 8.1 update is made available in the Windows App Store, for them to download.
For now, they can download and check the functioning of the Windows 8.1 OS in their systems, by installing the Windows 8.1 update. The systems requirements for the preview install are also the same as that of the Windows 8.
Let me clarify what I mean here by the Windows 8 OS hardware requirements. We are referring to a system with a 1 GHz processor or higher, 1 GB RAM for 32 bit system and 2 GB for the 64 bit, free space of 16 GB for the 32 bit and 20 GB for the 64 bit, and also with Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics. If you system has the above-mentioned hardware specifications, you can install and run the Windows 8 OS as well as the Windows 8.1 update on your system, without a hitch.
Windows 8.1 prices to remain the same
Those who are thinking about upgrading to the Windows 8.1 OS from Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 operating systems, should purchase it online. Microsoft has announced that they will keep the prices for Windows 8.1 the same as that of the Windows 8 OS editions.