Getting ready for Vista

Microsoft already announced that there were going to be 5 different versions of the new Windows Vista (Business, Enterprise, Home Premium, Ultimate, Home Basic). Now they informed the public what kind of PC you would actually need to run their upcoming operating system.

A windows Vista Capable PC has:

  • A modern processor (at least 800MHz).
  • 512 MB of system memory.
  • A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.

Now here is the trick. With that, you can only run the basic Windows. If you like their new spiffy graphic you’ll need a bit more power. Make that A LOT!

A windows Vista Premium ready PC has:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
  • 1 GB of system memory.
  • A graphics processor that runs Windows Aero.
  • 128 MB of graphics memory.
  • 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
  • DVD-ROM Drive.
  • Audio output capability.
  • Internet access capability.

Especially the system and graphics memory are quite heavy. You’ll need quite an up to date graphics card no more than a year old (from the moment of this writing).

If you want to check if your PC can run this new resource hog, run Microsoft’s Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor.

Except for a few graphics driver updates, I’m good to go. 😀

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