Microsoft's Windows 8 Certification Requirements Revealed

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Remember the 'Vista Capable' lawsuit from a few years back? Microsoft appeared to have learned its lesson and enjoyed a much smoother roll out with Windows 7, and looking ahead, the Redmond software giant has already determined what will be required on the hardware side to run Windows 8. Microsoft actually released its "Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements" documents last month, but for the most part, it went largely unnoticed, by us included.

In any event, there are quite a few interesting tidbits included in the documents that have nothing do with the recent happenings with ARM. For example, Microsoft requires that Windows 8 PCs joined to a domain and without keyboards implement a new CTRL + ALT + DEL combination, which will be Windows Key + Power.


Steven Sinofsky holds a first generation Lenovo netbook with an Atom CPU and 1GB of RAM running Win 8

Microsoft is also requiring a 2-second resume (except for ARM), driver upgrades without needing to reboot, digitizers supporting a minimum of five touch points for Windows 8 touch PCs, and calls for Windows 8 tablets and convertible PCs to have exactly five buttons:
  1. Power
  2. Rotation lock
  3. Windows Key
  4. Volume up
  5. Volume down

Speaking of which, tablet and convertible PCs will have to sport at least 10GB of free space, UEFI firmware, WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy), a minimum resolution of 1366x768, a 720p camera, a various other hardware requirements.

You can check out the documents in more detail here.

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driver upgrades without  needing to reboot sounds good :) but i will always reboot even with that feature to ensure it has been well upgraded.. I already want to see windows 8 in my hands

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haters around O_O

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These hardware requirements don't sound too harsh and most modern systems will already be able to meet the specs. Now if only we can squash them locking the bootloader (of course the implications of that would mean no one can lock the bootloader).

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JRosen1 replied on Tue, Jan 17 2012 9:14 PM

"upgraded well"

Lol. Does no one else see the irony in this entire statement.

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I don't see myself jumping on with Win 8 but I wouldn't mind checking out Server 8. It's been 4 years since the last server OS???

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why you will not like to have Win 8?... are you a linux user O_O

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:30 AM

I have had Win 8 for quite a while now. Yes it is in beta form 3rd or 4th rel. now I think. I just don't like it as it complicates things to simplify them which makes no sense at all. I just don't like the layout basically at least as it stands right now.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:32 AM

I could see the justification in the server version as NTFS is supposed to be gone with an entirely new backbone (Directory layout and functionality) replacing it!

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well, we'll get used to win 8 :) you will see but yea I agree with you neither did I, that layout should be replaced.

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realneil replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 11:58 AM

cowboyspace:
well, we'll get used to win 8 :) you will see

For desktop use,....the Metro UI Sux IMO,...........And their Beta will not let you turn it off without adding some legal mumbo-jumbo to the bottom of your screen. WTF?

And really,........what's wrong with Win-7?

I know some people b*tch about it being a memory hog and they say it's slow too. But on ~my PC's~ neither issue is apparent and it's really a great OS for me.

So when Win-8 is out, I should buy it for the 6 PC's in my house (spend a bloody fortune) when I have no issues with Win-7? No, I don't think so.

 

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There is nothing wrong with win 7 i think its the best OS for me. If you cant afford to buy win8 for 6 pc its ok we understand :) thats why you should not buy 6 pcs hehehehe

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If you dont want to buy Win 8 just get the pirated version :) free with all its features *_________*

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I'm gonna stick with 64 bit Windows 7 pro for a while. Best operating system I have ever owned.

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 10:47 PM

Doesn't sound too harsh, could actually help to unify Windows 8 tablets and lessen confusion, this may work. The only problem is getting their foot in the door in an already prominent tablet market.

 

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AKnudson replied on Thu, Jan 19 2012 7:36 PM

Awwwww yeah all windows tablets are getting an upgrade here i come full document editing photoshop printing and anything i feel the need to do, the world is my playground, i just one of these badboys with an i-7 proccessor and i will pretty much be set for the next hmmmmmmm 6 months.

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realneil replied on Thu, Jan 19 2012 7:58 PM

cowboyspace:
There is nothing wrong with win 7 i think its the best OS for me. If you cant afford to buy win8 for 6 pc its ok we understand :) thats why you should not buy 6 pcs hehehehe

cowboyspace:
If you dont want to buy Win 8 just get the pirated version :) free with all its features *_________*

No, ~you don't understand~,.......I didn't say that I couldn't afford to buy Windows 8,............I just don't want to.

As for the pirated version, nope, not me,...you go right ahead.

 

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Lol i know you didn't say "you Couldn't afford it" i was just making a point hehehehe :)

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realneil replied on Fri, Jan 20 2012 1:52 PM

cowboyspace:
If you cant afford to buy win8 for 6 pc its ok we understand

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Hahahahha ok nice quote I guess you got me ,I think i was drunk when I posted that hahhaha

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