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Can I run Windows 8.1 64-Bit on a old pc?

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#1 EricFlorea


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 04:54 AM

Can I run Windows 8.1 64-Bit  on a old pc? My specs are: Intel Duo 2.20 ghz        Graphics:NvIDIA GeForce 210 1 gb       Memory:2 gb ram :bananas:

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#2 PhillPower2


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 07:31 AM

Hello EricFlorea,


Your listed hardware would be ok with running it but can I ask if yours is a brand name computer or a custom build and what version of Windows are you running, reason I ask, you need to make sure that compatible drivers are available and if presently running 64-bit Windows 7 you could do an in place upgrade which would allow you to keep your personal data and only need to reinstall your software apps.

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 10:51 AM

One other system requirement for Windows 8.1 is to have a least 16GB of free space on your ssd/hdd.


Otherwise, yes Windows 8.1 will run on this computer, but with only 2GB of RAM it is going to be painfully slow.


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#4 Sreekumar12


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 01:58 AM

Windows 8 needs , Minimum of 4 GB RAM and 50 GB hard disk space to work smoothly....

#5 PhillPower2


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 05:46 AM

Sorry Sreekumar12 but that is incorrect, my reply #2 only addressed the hardware in the OP of EricFlorea and the reply #3 of dc3 was to highlight the importance of having an adequate capacity storage device.


Windows 8.1 system requirements courtesy of Microsoft here


System requirements
Applies to: Windows 8.1


Processor. 1 gigahertz (GHz)* or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
RAM. 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space. 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card. Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

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