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Microsoft has revealed how powerful computers must be to run Vista - the new version of its Windows operating system.
It has given advice on the basic specifications to run the software as well as the higher capabilities needed to get the most out of it.
Also available is a downloadable tool that lets people know if the PC they own now will run the system.
System Memory 512Mb
Graphics card DirectX 9 capable
Graphics Memory - -
Free space on Hard Drive - -
Processor 1 GHz 32 or 64 bit
System Memory 1Gb
Graphics card Runs Windows Aero
Graphics Memory 128Mb
Free space on Hard Drive 15Gb
Can't wait to see what the graphics etc look like.
Will you be buying a new laptop or just upgrading? I may use the opportunity to buy a new Dell Laptop next year, but will probably just upgrade first.
Considering 3.1 would run happily at 66MHz with 32Mb RAM, it should be lightening fast on a 1GHz processor with 1Gb of RAM, even with modifications and additions (better handling of network connectivity, plug and play, ...). Not only that, the OS was a lot easier to use, develop for and even to understand.
Remember when new processors came out and had to have a Turbo mode to avoid CPU-speed timed games from running too fast?
Back in the day I hated DOS, but I do have a fond remembrance for typing a "dir" command and seeing the directory contents appear in a blink.
I try opening a folder (a folder!) on my 512MB laptop (only 9 months old) and I have time to pick-up a cup of coffee off my desk. Open Word? I could drink it. Reboot? I could brew it!
Someone should create a flash-based computer, something as simple as a PDA code-wise, but with a full screen and keyboard.
Someone should create a flash-based computer
Here's what I saw on the Vista site. Not what you meant, but an interesting concept.
Windows Vista introduces a new concept in adding memory to a system. Windows ReadyBoost lets users use a removable flash memory device, such as a USB thumb drive, to improve system performance without opening the box.
After a quick look I found a 2gig USB flash drive for $44. Seems like a cheap way to add memory to the system!
As fun a way to kill time as Doom 3 was, it's not exactly the pinnacle of gaming excellence, so I can't rely on Linux for entertainment.
Anyone else wish they wouldn't have to fork out big money for what looks like it's going to be a cosmetic brochure upgrade to Vista?
It's very interesting to note that Linux gets smaller and faster (and more capable of clustering) and Windoze gets more bloated and more resource-hungry. With a development curve like that, this will probably be the last version of Windows that MS will be able to make runnable on a consumer-level box!
I guess it's a matter of priorities: Windows needs to jam as much software into the core as they can to get around licensing and anti-competitive issues (i.e. Media Player, MSIE, etc.) while "the other white meat" can concentrate on security, mobility and efficiency as the rest of its community builds apps.
Hopefully they will still sell computers without Vista.
On past MSFT behaviour this is unlikely. As soon as Vista is released, MSFT will start tightening the screws on the PC manufactures to ship Vista instead of XP.
After XP was released, it got harder and harder to buy systems with Windows 2000 installed.
Time your purchases carefully :-)
Flash is intended for non-volatile (i.e. unpowered) applications. The name has nothing whatsoever to do with (comparative) speed.