Upgrading from one version of Windows to another is not an easy process, especially if you have an old hardware that needs to be upgraded. Since this is quite the problem for many people, Microsoft have decided to go easy with Windows 8 requirements.
As you remember, many people didn’t switch from XP to Vista due to the high system demands of Vista, but it seems that Microsoft has learned its lesson from all of this. According to Microsoft, hardware requirements from the upcoming operating system, Windows 8, won’t be higher than those of Windows 7, so you’re able to run Windows 7, you’ll be able to run Windows 8 on your system without problems. As for Windows 7 requirements, they are 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of hard disk space, and DirectX 9 graphics.
Although Windows 8 will be able to run on your current system, it’s certain that you’ll have better experience if you’re running Windows 8 on a latest hardware. In addition, Microsoft has added a certain level of intelligence to Windows 8, so it will adapt to the user experience based on the hardware of the user, so you’ll get the most of Windows 8 without upgrading.