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Can Your Computer Run Vista?

Windows VistaMicrosoft has released the official miniumum specifications to run Windows Vista based on two categories – “Vista Capable” machines and “Premium Ready” machines.

Vista Capable machines wil run the OS, but with diminished graphics features. The minimum specs under this category are:

  • 800 MHz Intel-compatible processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • DirectX 9.0-Capable Graphics Processor
  • 20GB HD

For “Premium Ready” machines, the specs are:

  • 1 GHz Intel-compatible processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • DirectX 9.0-Capable Graphics Processor, with 128MB graphics memory. (64MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor less than 1,310,720 pixels [no more than 1440×900]; 128MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions from 1,310,720 to 2,304,000 pixels [no more than 1920×1200]; 256MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions higher than 2,304,000 pixels [more than 1920×1200]).
  • 40GB HD with at least 15GB “free space”

Essentially, the spec requirements on Vista are pretty weak so it shouldn’t be much of a hassle for most users. However, if you want to have a smoother experience on Vista, I would suggest upgrading beyond these specs.

If you are unsure about your systems specifications, consider downloading the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft’s Vista website.


Posted by Sean


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