Latest Windows operating system, Windows 8 will be available to the public from 25th of October 2012. When there is a new operating system getting closer to its release date, there is a question that everybody ask.

Should I upgrade my computer to the new operating system?

Windows 8 radically changed its interface to support touch based systems and same interface has to be used for the desktop computers. So, we need to ask more specific question.

Should I upgrade my desktop to Windows 8 which does not have a touch screen? 

Is Windows 8 Compatible with my old hardware? 

First of all you need to check whether your hardware is compatible with Windows 8. Following  is the basic Windows 8 requirements officially released by Microsoft.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 20 GB
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Promising minimum hardware requirements for Windows 8. In other words if you are running Windows 7 you can easily run Windows 8. Is your desktop specks are better than this, then you are one step closer to upgrade to Windows 8.
And I do not have a touch screen 

Not many of us use a touch screen for the desktops. If you have tried Windows 8 you might have already noticed that metro style start screen and metro applications are designed for touch screen. That does not mean that you can control it 100% from keyboard and mouse. You can master keyboard shortcuts and mouse tricks will help you to operate Windows 8 without any problem.

Is Windows 8 compatible with the current application that I am running on my old system?

It is important to make sure all your current software applications works with Windows 8. Compatibility Center for Windows 8 Release Preview is a good way to check  whether an application is running on Windows 8 or not. You do not want to upgrade your computer and notice that regularly use application are not working. That can waste lot money and time fixing these problems.

Start Screen vs Start Menu: What is your choice?

Start Screen vs Start menu

Like I mentioned before Windows 8 got ride of Start Button and Start Menu and replaced it with Start Screen.  New metro style Start Screen consists of live tiles which will display latest updates related to the app. It is always good idea to install Windows 8 demo version on a testing computer and check is it something you can work with. There are people who like metro start screen on their desktop and people who does not like it.

However, there are options available to bring back the Start button and start menu to Windows 8. However, it is too early to confirm that Microsoft is going to support these applications.

Can I afford to upgrade to Windows 8 ?

Not like previous versions upgrade to Windows 8 from any previous Windows OS only cost only $39.99. Anyone who is using a genuine Windows OS can afford $40.00 for an upgrade.

Final Decision

Now its time to make the final decision. End of the day its  your decision. Windows 8 is different to other versions and there are lot of improvements and advantages comes with Windows 8. If you like how Windows 8 works and it passes all the above questions then what is stopping you upgrading to Windows 8?