Any computer that is running Windows 7 should be able to run Windows 8, but the owner of many Netbooks and other devices some of which are less than a year old are having trouble making the upgrade. The problem seems to be with devices sporting Cedar Trail Intel Atom processors and even if your device meets Windows 8 requirements you might be out of luck.
An example of a Windows 7 system that meets all the requirements is the Asus Eee PC 1225C netbook. The 12 inch device sports a 1.86-GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, support for DirectX 9 graphics, and an HD display resolution of 1366 x 768. So far so good. So what is the problem? The Eee PC 1225C uses the Cedar Trail N2800 processor whose graphics card is the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3650.
According to Asus its tests show the device is not upgradeable to Windows 8, and blames its Intel architecture.
ASUS is not the only one speaking out,Acer states “The tested systems cannot be upgraded from Microsoft Windows 7 operation system to Microsoft Windows 8 operation system due to Cedar Trail chipset is not supporting upgrade to Windows 8,”
The Fujitsu Q552 tabet is another device whose users will feel the sting, with it’s $850 price tag wil have to remain on Windows 7 Professional because it’s running the Clover Trail N2600 processor and 3600 GMA.
“Cedar Trail won’t support Windows 8 because of the architecture of the CPU,” Paul Moore, VP of product management for Fujitsu America, told InformationWeek, in an interview.
There are countless device that won’t be seeing the Metro UI: HP Mini 210 HD, Toshiba WT200, and the Lenovo IdeaPad S110.
Sad day for Netbooks, I can’t help but shed a tear, I think we’re going to have to hold a Netbook funeral. *sob