*** June 10, 2011 Note: A server crash this week took this site offline for about a day and a half. Everything should be running properly now, but if you see any errors I’d appreciate a heads-up.***
Microsoft showed off Windows 8 publicly for the first time last week, and one of the most important bits of info released is that Windows 8 will have the same system requirements as Windows 7. Of course, Windows 7 had the same system requirements as Windows Vista, and Windows 7 actually runs better than Vista on similar hardware.
So, in theory, when Windows 8 ships in 2012 you should be able to run it on a system originally designed and built five years earlier.
That certainly wasn’t true in previous Windows generations, where system requirements typically doubled between releases.
Has this affected your plans for future PC purchases? How long do you normally keep a computer in service, and what do you do with it when it’s no longer useful to you?