Attention XP users!
Support for Windows XP is ending on April 8, 2014.
After April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. It means that you can continue to use Windows XP, but your computer might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—new drivers for your hardware and more.
To upgrade to #Windows8.1 from #WindowsVista or #WindowXP, you’ll need to install it from a Windows 8.1 DVD and perform a clean installation. This means you won’t be able to keep any files, settings, or programs when you upgrade. Windows 8.1 can run on a few older PCs. Windows 8.1 isn’t designed for installation on PCs running Windows Vista or Windows XP, so it is strongly recommended that you do the following before buying the Windows 8.1 DVD.
Review system requirements
We recommend that you download and run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to check if your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 8. The Windows 8.1 system requirements are nearly the same as the Windows 8 system requirements—so if your PC can run Windows 8, in most cases, you can get the free update to Windows 8.1. Upgrade Assistant will also check program and device compatibility, and provide a free compatibility report.
Still be sure to review the system requirements for Windows 8.1 before buying the Windows 8.1 DVD. We also recommend that you visit your PC manufacturer’s website for info about updated drivers and hardware compatibility.
Here is a summary of the system requirements:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Free hard drive space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
If you’re unable to install Windows 8.1 on your current PC, you might consider shopping for one of the new generation of PCs that are available today. For more info, see the Windows PC buying guide.
If you’re unable to install Windows 8.1 on your current PC, it might be time to consider shopping for one of the new generation of PCs that are available today. There are some surprisingly affordable PCs available that are still packed with plenty of memory and power. And making a switch to a new PC is a lot less daunting than it used to be, too.