As Windows Vista is getting closer to launch, Microsoft has published a comprehensive guide to outline the minimum hardware requirements necessary to run their new operating system. Their new “Get Ready” program will help consumers, who are planning to purchase new machines, determine whether their new computer will be able to run Vista. According to Microsoft, to be able to run Windows Vista on the bare minimum specifications, your hardware must meet the following:
- Processor: 800 MHz / 32-bit or 64-bit
- System Memory: at least 512MB
- Hard Drive: 20GB (15GB free)
- Optical Drive: CD-ROM drive
However, to be able “To better experience Windows Vista,” (use the new “aero theme“) you must have the following hardware specifications:
- Processor: 1 GHz / 32-bit or 64-bit
- System Memory: 1GB recommended
- Graphics Processor: DirectX 9 capable
- Graphics Memory: 128MB or above
- Hard Drive: 40GB (15GB free space)
- Optical Drive: DVD-ROM or CD-ROM
- Others: Audio Out and Internet Access
Most new computer manufacturers such as Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, Sony, and more will begin to brand their machines with “Windows Vista Capable” logos. If you want to know whether your machine can run Windows Vista, visit Microsoft’s “Get Ready” website. Microsoft has also released a “Vista Upgrade Advisor” tool which will determine if the hardware on your machine is “Vista Capable”.
Links: “Get Ready” Information | Windows Vista | Microsoft
Other Links: Offical Press Release | Vista Upgrade Advisor
Related: Windows Vista Editions | Wikipedia: Windows Vista
Another new windows! Really how can it be better, do more than XP? Swear Bill Gates is in bed with the hardware companies! So now many people will feel they need to upgrade their PC’s & for what? To surf the web & read a few e-mails? Lucky my 64 bit lap-top should be able to cope, if I double the memory! Then I have to buy the new windows software & probably a new version of Office?
No way, Linux here I come :o)
Yeah, i agree. Windows XP is just fine and maybe even great. i still cant wait for vista tho….lol
Vista runs fine on my 2.6 p4 with 1 gig of ram of course this is beta 2 and its a bit buggy. Im loving the ability to resize partitions on the fly it kills the need for partition magic.
Windows vista is out! yah!!!!!!
Please Please Please put a windows vista skin on the site