Thursday, May 18, 2006

Windows Vista.

I was thumbing through the latest articles on Cnet and came across the hardware requirements for Windows new operation system, Vista.

A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:

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


Well that isn't much worse than XP. But that is just the base version without all the bells and whistles.

A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:

  • 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
Sheesh. That means two of my computers are out and the other two are taxed. Mainly because of the graphics memory requirement.

Here is what Microsoft has to say on the graphics memory.

Adequate graphics memory.
  • 64 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor less than 1,310,720 pixels
  • 128 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions from 1,310,720 to 2,304,000 pixels
  • 256 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions higher than 2,304,000 pixels


1,310,720 is a 1280x1024 monitor. 2,304,000 is a 1920x1200 monitor. It has no listing for dual monitors. I would assume 256mb would be a minimum. Well that kicks my primary machine in the nuts.

The hefty graphic requirement is for the Aero display. It would completely suck if it was as horrible as the basic scheme for XP.

Right click / Properties / Appearance / Windows Classic /Apply

Millions of man hours and millions of dollars of development gone in a mouse click.

I hate eye candy.


Tom's Hardware has a wright up on the hardware requirements. I do like how TM provided no links to the resources they cited. {/sarcasm} THIS was a pain in the hind end to find.

For more information of Vista visit Wikipedia.

Windows Vista will not be released in its final version until late this year and then it is only business editions. The consumer edition will be available mid 2007.

Yankee Group recommends business users steer clear of Vista until 2008. I can assume that home users should avoid it like the plague also. Although, I know of a few businesses that, within the past year, have now started replacing their 95 and 98 systems with XP. So it may be 2010 before alot of people go for this update.

I just may say stick it to Microsoft and go...


I can only say, I hope Ubuntu "Dapper Drake" is as good as I hope it is.

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