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05.18.06

Get your Windows Vista specs while they’re hot!

Filed under: Microsoft, Windows — Hogg @ 12:08 pm

Microsoft has a new website (via Ars Technica) that lists all of the specs that you’ll need for your new PC to run Windows Vista.

There will be two classes of PC in regards to running Vista: “Vista Capable” and “Premium Ready”. It appears that the main feature that will be unavailable to computers that are only “Vista Capable” will be the Windows Aero theme.

Here are the specs:

A new PC that carries the Windows Vista Capable PC logo can run Windows Vista. All editions of Windows Vista will deliver core experiences . . . Some features available in the premium editions of Windows Vista—like the new Windows Aero user experience—may require advanced or additional hardware.

A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:

  • A modern processor (at least 800MHz1).
  • 512 MB of system memory.
  • A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.

To get an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience . . . choose a PC that meets or exceeds the Premium Ready requirements described below. Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware.

A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor1.
  • 1 GB of system memory.
  • A graphics processor that runs Windows Aero2.
  • 128 MB of graphics memory.
  • 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
  • DVD-ROM Drive3.
  • Audio output capability.
  • Internet access capability.

Or you could just use what you have now and run Ubuntu. Your call.

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