Some Newer Tablets Won’t Run Windows 8

For those that bought a recent Windows 7 powered tablet running on Intel hardware thinking you’d be able to upgrade to Windows 8, you might not be able to. There are some tablets (some as recent as 4 months old) that cannot run Windows 8. I am glad I didn’t jump on a tablet early just to have a Windows 8 tablet earlier than when the new models were released.

The problems affect systems that use the current version of Intel’s Atom line, known as Cedar Trail. Intel is rolling out a new version of Atom, called Clover Trail, that is specifically designed for Windows 8 hardware, but that’s too late for many users who previously bought systems on the belief they could upgrade later