Windows 8

Updated: 06/16/2017 by Computer Hope

Windows 8, codenamed Midori, is a version of Microsoft Windows released October 26, 2012. This iteration contains some of the biggest changes Microsoft has made to their operating system since Windows 95. It features new programming and technology allowing it to run faster as well as a more streamlined look and feel to users. Windows 8 also includes a tablet interface, called Metro, which is compatible with touch-screen displays and stills offers access to the traditional Windows Desktop. Below is an example of the new Windows 8 Start screen, which replaces the Start button and Start Menu.

Windows 8

Windows 8 is available in both 32 and 64-bit versions, includes Internet Explorer 10 and native support USB 3.0. Users may utilize a Microsoft account to login to Windows 8 or two other authentication methods new to this version (picture password and PIN login). The standard Task Manager has been redesigned, as has the Windows Defender security software, which includes anti-virus capabilities. Microsoft has also built Windows 8 with Xbox Live integration in mind.

Windows 8 system requirements

1 GHz processor or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
1 GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit
16 GB of hard drive space for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher.

Windows 8.1

On October 18, 2013 Microsoft released Windows 8.1. This free update added the features mentioned below to Windows 8.

  • Start button on the Desktop that opens the Start Screen.
  • More customization to the Start screen including the ability to resize tiles, new backdrops, and the ability to use the Desktop wallpaper as a backdrop to the Start Screen.
  • Improvements to the Apps screen.
  • Improved Search box that activates by typing anywhere.
  • New photo lock screen to show your photos when your computer is locked.
  • Better app splitting capabilities including the ability to put three or four on-screen simultaneously.
  • Ability to load straight to the Desktop.

What Windows came before Windows 8?

For the end user, Windows 7 came before Windows 8.

What version of Windows came after Windows 8?

For the end user, Microsoft Windows 10 came after Windows 8.

Operating system terms, Windows 7, Windows RT