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Can i install windows 8/8.1 on my laptop of 3gb ram ??

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#1 putta


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 07:57 AM

Currently i am using "DELL VOSTRO 1014" with "Windows 7 64 bit" installed in it.

It runs on "INTEL CORE 2 DUO" processor and "3gb Ram".

Currently i have trouble with booting, it is very slow.

So, given my specifications can i upgrade to windows 8 or 8.1 ??

will their be any troubles facing with my small RAM??

And if Yes, which should i prefer, either windows 8 or 8.1 ??

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 11:10 AM

Windows 8 will run on a lot less than that.

Go with 8.1, though: A LOT smoother and stable.

If the device doesn't support pen and touch: Stay with Windows 7 or the GUI of 8 may set you off. A clean install of Win 7 will amaze you if you haven't experienced it. :thumbup2:

Edited by bludgard, 11 July 2014 - 11:12 AM.

#3 Agouti


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 11:14 AM

The system requirements for Windows 8 and 8.1 are here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/system-requirements


However, you should run the respective upgrade advisor from here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-assistant-download-online-faq


One last thing, you should check the manufacturer of your computer to see if they have drivers for the version of Windows (8 or 8.1) you intend to install.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 01:11 PM

 Very good advice above.  I have 8.1 running on two computers with no more power than yours.  One is a HP with E7500 dual core processor and 3 GB RAM.  The other is a home built AMD Athlon-II X3 with TWO GB RAM.  The latter runs well as long as I don't start more than 7 or 8 tasks, the other one with 3 GB can do most anything I want.  I've added Classic Shell which gives me the Start menu and the look and feel of Windows 7.  You can download it from Classicshell.net.  Personally I think that Metro (aka Modern) mode stuff in 8 is for the birds, but desktop mode works very well, and I've been able to do anything with it that I can do with Windows 7.


Good luck.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 02:14 PM

Windows 8.1 has some improved optimization for lower-class hardware than 8.1 (As long as it is capable of running 8.1) so I'd go with 8.1 over 8 if I were you.

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