More memory requirement is probably going to be an expected change.
Unlikely to hit most power users... but, good to know.
Here is a TomsHardware reference on some published system requirements.
- 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 GB of RAM (32-bit)/ 2 GB of RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit)/ 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model 1.0 or higher driver
Those who plan to run XP Mode will need at least 2 GB RAM, 15 GB of additional hard drive space and a processor that supports hardware virtualization.
anyone who plans to run the x64 build will have a machine that’s way beyond the minimum (having at least 4 GB of RAM would be a good starting point).
Many of you would have used Vista, so this is just to state what system requirements mean
For reference, Windows Vista’s system requirements are:
- 1 GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
- 512 MB of RAM (for Home Basic); 1 GB of RAM for all other versions
- 15 GB of available disk space
- Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory (for Home Basic);
128 MB of graphics memory plus WDDM support for all other versions
Bottom line, it would be a good idea to double your RAM with the shift.
"It's been a long time since we've had a version of Windows that will actually run better [than the previous version] on the hardware that most customers have," Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows product management group, said during a conference call with reporters, quoted by ComputerWorld.