Windows 8 is a demanding operating system from the graphical point of view, so maybe it is not the most recommended OS for mining Bitcoins. On the other hand, people don’t want to revert from Windows 8 to previous versions, so possibilities for those users to join the mining pools had to be invented.
Usually, any mining, trading or charting program that works on Windows 7 also work on Windows 8, but there are some specifications when it comes to installing those programs on the latest Windows version.
Best wallets for Windows 8
The first bitcoin wallet
A wallet that can be found at bitcoin.org supports Windows 8, but you will have to go with the latest versions. The kit occupies only 8M of space, so it can be easily installed in your root directory, and it is recommended to install it this way.
The installation process for W8 is also simple. The wallet is created automatically, and once you have it, the program will start downloading the history of transactions.
Coinbase and MyWallet are other programs that work on W8. You don’t need to download programs or scripts, but this means that the wallets are stored on some websites, which might make those vulnerable to attacks. Keep your password and details safe, and make sure that you create wallets only on trusted and recognized websites, preferably members of the Bitcoin Foundation.
Using the bitcoins that you have in your wallet, you can initiate exchange transactions for other currencies at MT.Gox, Bitstamp or Virtex. At Bitcoin OTC, you can interact directly with people that want to exchange bitcoins.
It is important to have your wallet with you all the time, as there are even restaurants and land based companies accepting bitcoins. You will need to install an application on your mobile phone, which would probably be an Android one, which works perfectly with the accounts made on your desktop computer working on W8.
Estimating the effectiveness of mining on Windows 8
As said before, Windows 8 is a demanding system, so your mining capacities would be affected. You should buy one or even two additional graphic cards if you want to mine bitcoins safely. Check the websites and forums of passionate miners, to determine the best configuration that can be used by your computer to mine effectively on Windows 8. Moreover, because of increased demands of clients, major video board manufacturers decided to create hardware configurations designed especially for mining bitcoins. If those configurations are compatible with W8 (check the specifications before buying, to make sure that it is compatible with this operation system), it means that you can safely install it.
Make sure that all the drivers of your graphic cards and accelerators are updated and compatible with Windows 8. In fact, you should look for the latest drivers before putting the miner to work.
As the ATI graphical cards are considered as being the most reliable for bitcoins mining, you can use those immediately, but in the case of NVidia, you might need some additional drivers to increase the performances. Those drivers must only be downloaded form trusted websites, such as bicoin.org or blockchain.info.
You might be stuck in the installation process or when you try to join a pool, or you might even get the blue screen and restart of the computer. The majority of people that get a blue screen would renounce mining, thinking that the workflow is too much for their graphical cards. In reality, it is a matter of configuration, and if you read the guides, you will be able to install and configure the program, and to start mining safely.
Once the computer started mining, you might encounter some problems, such as an overheated case. If you use OpenCL for mining. You will have to use the –s flag value to 0.01, so the graphical board with take a break of 0.01 seconds between two runs. You can change this value until you are satisfied with the average temperature of the GPU processor.
Other aspect to check while mining on Windows 8 is the usage of your CPU processor. Normally, the mining system only consumes GPU resources, so if you experience high usage of CPU, you should check your computer for problems with a utilitarian program, as it might be the sign of suspicious activity.
The best idea would be to buy a new configuration from which you mine bitcoins, and to keep your working computer separately. The mining computer has to be Linux operated, as it was proven that Linux is the best OS for mining. On the other hand, as you probably don’t want to invest in hardware from the beginning, you can choose one of the methods presented here to install your wallet on your W8 computer, and with the bitcoins made; you can invest in procuring more performing equipment later.