Windows 8 Leaked Screenies

March 8, 2011 at 12:56:27
Specs: Windows XP
Some Windows 8 screenshots were leaked earlier this week -
One of the features being talked about is a near-instant restoration of "Windows 8 vanilla" for after major issues occur. Supposedly it restores Windows 8 to a factory default within 2 minutes flat, as opposed to the arduous reinstallation process that usually involves hours of install time when something corrupts the OS.

Backup and restoration seems to be a pretty big feature set in what's being revealed so far. Think this'll get people to switch up from Windows 7 when the time comes?

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March 10, 2011 at 07:10:45
Users are probably going to be slow to switch up, since the time difference between Vista and 7 was so short a lot of the early adopters feel they got burned. The "instant-restore" feature is definitely appealing though.

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March 12, 2011 at 23:49:58
"Users are probably going to be slow to switch up, since the time difference between Vista and 7 was so short a lot of the early adopters feel they got burned."

And there's something else to consider. By the time it's ready (Win8), the landscape will have changed; with the increasing use of tablet PC's and Smartphones, the desktop PC may play a far-less factor in the adoption of a new OS.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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March 27, 2011 at 17:24:01
Instant restore might be good for end user but bad for repair men like myself unless they over complicate the process lol.

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May 10, 2011 at 23:35:32
at the link stated above, it says in the page that windows 8 runs on very high-rung hardware. can anyone state the minimum requirements of windows 8? thanks

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May 11, 2011 at 08:59:42
"can anyone state the minimum requirements of windows 8?"

There's nothing out there right now more than speculation, however, it would suffice to say that unless Microsoft does a complete turnaround on supporting older hardware (see my above post), requirements would likely run about "1.5 times" more than for Windows7:

That would likely make it something of this nature (again, this is pure speculation):

1.5 - 2.5GHz CPU

2.0 - 3.0GB RAM

20 - 30GB HDD space

And remember, that would be the minimum ("little-fun") requirements.

I run Win7 Home Premium on a 1.8GHz Duron with 2GB of RAM. It has all the "awe-factor" (Aero, Gadgets, etc.) turned off (the way I like it) and without paying attention, most would think it was Win2K/XP. It runs relatively decent (I'm not a gamer, and do little "high-end" work) and aside from the OS, there's little other Microsoft software on it. I'd suspect you would have the ability to turn off a lot of the "bling" in Win8 as well to gain some performance.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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June 8, 2011 at 12:33:49
Wouldn't that be 2.25GHz?

But even so. I kind of stopped 'following' Windows with excitement after Windows XP. After that, I honestly don't think the new features are worth the higher system requirements... but that's just me. My laptop is a 500 MHz Celeron, 192MB PC133 RAM, and Windows 98 Second Edition. And oddly enough, I find it so much more fun to use than my quad-core, even when it had Windows 7.

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