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Overview of the Windows 8 Release Preview

Updated on August 31, 2012

Windows 8 Release Preview

Windows 8 is the newest operating system planned for release from Microsoft. At the time that I have written this overview, there have been a number of releases for Windows 8 - milestone releases - that have already occurred including this release

Back in September of 2011 the Developer preview was released, followed by a Consumer Preview release in February of 2012 and a Release Preview that was released at the end of May of 2012

The final code - called the RTM release (which stands for "release to manufacturing") was completed at the beginning of August of 2012 with an intended release date (general availability) at the end of October of 2012.

The present version of Windows Operating System for desktop PCs, laptops and other portable devices such as netbooks is Windows 7. The Windows 7 version of operating system was formally called Build 7600 and had a version number of 6.1.

For historical reference here are the version numbers of prior releases of the Windows desktop operating systems:

Windows 7 6.1
Windows Vista 6.0
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition 5.2
Windows XP 5.1
Windows 2000 5.0

The full version release of Windows 8 is listed as "6.2.9200.16384 (RTM) (as of August 1, 2012)

The minimum system requirements for Windows 8 are seemingly the same as Windows 7 and are outlined as follows:

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster CPU
1 gigabyte (GB) of RAM for (32-bit) installs
2 gigabyte (GB) of RAM for (64-bit) installs
16 GB of hard disk space required for (32-bit) installs
20 GB of hard disk space required for (64-bit) installs
Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Additional requirements need to be considered if certain features are to be used:

Touch capabilities - tablet system or a monitor that supports multitouch.

Windows Store access - in order to download and run apps from the Windows Store you will need access to the Internet. Additionally there are screen resolution requirements of at least 1024 x 768.

Application snap functionality - screen resolution requirements of at least 1366 x 768

There are a number of new features included with Windows 8 as well as a few from Windows 7 and prior versions that were finally removed in this release.

Over the next few HUBS I will be posting I will go through some installation and operational walk through postings as well as some other technical write ups.

I will be using the Windows 8 Enterprise install bits that were released to the Subscriber Download section of TechNet for those that have memberships there.


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      Island Tropical 5 years ago


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      GUNDERSTONE 5 years ago

      I am a systems admininstrator so rather than developing applications I do the planning, deployment, management and operation of them

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      Island Tropical 5 years ago

      Great hub, just wonder are you one of the windows 8 application developers? I am thinking about creating application for Windows 8 and win some fortune.