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 Windows 8 is the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft. It's a quantum leap for the company, and it has both received an enormously positive reception as well as a fair bit of criticism, for being, perhaps, just a little bit too big of a leap.But should you take the plunge and get the Windows 8 upgrade? Like everything, it depends a lot on both your computer, and the reasons that you use it. Let's take a quick look at the hardware side of things, just to see if your computer can physically handle the upgrade.First of all, if you're running Windows 7, you will be able to upgrade with all your applications, files and settings intact. Unfortunately if you're still with XP or Vista, you will need to manually reinstall your applications. Your computer needs a minimum of a 1 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, at least 20 GB of available hard drive space, a DirectX 9 graphics processor and a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768. They're pretty basic specs actually, and most computers should be able to run it. If not, you can always get a new one, or get some faster parts added.

Even if your computer can handle the upgrade to Windows 8, it doesn't mean that you should install it. As mentioned above, Windows 8 is controversial for several reasons, the first being its radically new user interface. Indeed, many enterprise customers are annoyed to say the least that this operating system seems geared towards consumers, more than it does to work places.If you use your computer primarily to work it, then perhaps waiting to upgrade is the best thing to do at the moment. It takes time for a lot of the applications which you use for business to work perfectly on the new system and if there's one thing you don't want, its issues with the very software that makes you money.A new system isn't without bugs either, and there have been reports of unusual issues that could disrupt your work flow. With such a radically new operating system, sometimes it's just best to wait for some of the teething issues to have been sorted out.

On the other hand, if you're a consumer, or someone who's willing to give something new a go, Windows 8 is certainly a great upgrade. It's not the disaster that Vista was (if you're been getting that vibe so far, sorry!) and seems to be the future for computing.It offers a brand new user interface which offers more of your content in a nifty new live wall of tiles, as well as still offering the more familiar Windows experience. If you're willing to put the time in to learn a new way of computing, Windows 8 is one of the most adventurous new systems on the market, and it's well worth the upgrade.