Updated 24 May, 2013, 1:56 pm IST
Hardware to make your old PC Windows 8 ready
| by Rossi Fernandes
We all have old PCs, ones that are a good four to five years old and have been lying around. The PC might not be in use and maybe you just want to try getting your PC up and running. Like most people today, you might want to get Windows 8 running on it, and it’s possible. Windows 8 has roughly the same requirements as Windows 7, but there are a few peripherals that can really make the experience a lot better.
System requirements for Windows 8
However, there are quite a few other things that can make the Windows 8 experience more complete.
Buy a touch mouse
While not every user can upgrade their monitor to a touchscreen panel, there is a more affordable option there. It’s touch mice, and there are a few showing up in the market. Microsoft itself has a few products available in the market. One of the most popular ones, of course, is the elegant Touch Mouse that sells at an MRP of Rs. 3,999.
Microsoft's own touch mouse, made for Windows 8
It was launched and made to work on Windows 7 and it behaves like most other mice except it has a touch sensitive surface – something that’s useful for navigating through the tiled interface of Windows 8. The Microsoft Touch Mouse is a wireless device.
Logitech’s high-end Windows 8-ready touch mouse
There’re the usual left and right clicks available to the user, but there’s also vertical scrolling without a mechanical scroll wheel, just like horizontal scrolling. You can even use gestures to swipe between windows quickly. The Logitech Touch Mouse M600 is also priced the same as the Microsoft Touch Mouse, at Rs. 3,999.
An affordable option for those who want a touch-enabled mouse
For those looking for something a little cheaper, there are products such as the Logitech Touch Mouse T400, which is a tad cheaper at Rs. 2,895. For that sum, you get a traditional wireless with two standard clicks and a touch sensitive scroll area that lets you swipe and perform gestures as well.
Get yourself some touchpads
Laptops are often better equipped to make complete use of Windows 8’s touch gesture support, which is primarily because of the touchpad. Now, if you’re using an old PC, there is no touchpad to use. Instead, you can choose to purchase one of the available touchpads made specifically for PCs. Logitech has one called the Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650.
A no-nonsense trackpad for tablet and desktop use
The great thing, of course, is the ability to place the touchpad anywhere on the table without long messy cables running all over the place. The trackpad can be charged using the USB cable. Logitech claims that you can go a month on a single charge. When you see the battery indicator dip, you can simply plug in the USB cable and continue using it. There are 13 different gestures that you can use with the touchpad. The other great thing is that you could use the Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 on a Windows 8 or Windows RT tablet.
Install more memory
2GB of memory should easily help run Windows 8 smoothly
Installing RAM is really simple and it can really get your PC Windows 8 ready, as the processor requirements as such are really basic. For example, 2GB of DDR3 RAM hardly costs Rs. 700. So, head over to the local computer store or have it installed by your friendly computer technician. If you can, try and upgrade to 4GB memory considering the prices of memory are this low at this point in time.
Plug in an SSD, boot faster
A SSD can really speed up shutdown and start up times
While it seems out of place when you compare it to some of the peripherals we’ve mentioned, it’s actually something that helps really speed things up with Windows 8. While Windows 8 itself boots up really quick, the use of an SSD can really help you get your Windows go into sleep mode and wake up from it within a second or two. Windows 8 itself hardly takes a few seconds to do a cold boot as well. So, a small little SSD to house your Windows installation can really do wonders, and it’s an upgrade worth considering.
Upgrading to Windows 8
Upgrading is simple and doesn't take long
Once you have your hardware in place, it’s time to get Windows 8 running. If you’re already a Windows 7 user, then it’s really simple to upgrade. And it’s not very expensive either. If you're looking for the detailed procedure, check out our feature here.
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