Software Details

Windows 8 Professional 32-Bit (Student Edition)

Platform: Windows
Category: Operating Systems > Operating System

This is the student only version of Windows 8. If you are looking for the faculty-licensed version of Windows 8, please click here.

Windows 8 on a non-touch-enabled PC has similar requirements to Windows 7. Many NJIT computers used in offices and for general administrative purposes may not meet the hardware compatibility requirements for Windows 8, or only do so marginally. The best way to check your system specifications is to use the Direct X System Diagnostic Tool. Information on how to use this tool is located at This website will explain how to use Direct X to view your current system hardware information and compare it with the requirements listed below.

General information about Windows 8 at NJIT is available at

Before you consider installation, you should determine the following:
  • Whether or not personal programs on the computer are Windows 8 compatible.
  • Whether you have the original install media and licenses, (CDs, DVDs, Floppy Disks, etc) for all personal programs
Note about Anti-Virus Software: At this time, Windows 8 is only compatible with McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8, offered on the IST Software Download Website.

When you begin the Windows 8 installation process, you will be given two installation options: "clean" and "upgrade". NJIT strongly recommends clean installations of Windows 8. A clean installation of Windows 8 will remove all programs, data, documents, pictures and files from your computer, and replace your operating system with Windows 8. "Upgrade" installations are not available for users with Windows XP or Vista. "Upgrade" installations from Windows 7 will not be supported by NJIT due to the high likelihood of unexpected data loss and compatibility issues.

For Frequently Asked Questions about Windows 8, please visit General information about Windows 8 is available through Microsoft at

Minimum Requirements
Computer/Processor Minimum: 2 GHz Core 2 Duo Recommended: 2GHz 2nd generation “Sandy Bridge” Core i5 or better.
Memory Minimum: 2GBs
Recommended: 4GBs or greater, with room for expansion
Hard Disk Minimum: 120GB Serial-ATA with at least 20GB free
Recommended: 250GB Serial-ATA with at least 40GB free
Operating System N/A
Available to:
  • Students
Installed in the following computing labs:
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Last Updated: June 29, 2017