Thinking of upgrading to Microsoft’s Windows Vista early next year?
If so you may be on the eve of budgeting for this upgrade. But before you do, you should check out the newly posted and rather extensive Windows Vista Upgrade planning information and tools posted on the Windows Vista site.
First, let us cut to the chase and review optimal and minimum requirements.
OK, Minimum requirements first.For minimum Windows Vista requirements, Microsoft recommends:
Processor– 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor;
System Memory 512 MB;
GPU -SVGA (800×600);
HDD- 20 GB;
HDD Free Space 15 G; and a
Optical Drive CD-ROM drive.
Now for the best Windows Vista performance you will obviously want more of everything. Microsoft recommends:
Processor– 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor;
System Memory– 1 GB of system memory;
Graphics Processor– A graphics processor that runs Windows Aero. Windows Aero requires: a DirectX 9 class graphics processor that Supports a WDDM Driver as well as Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware, and can handle 32 bits perpixel. You will also need 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 and 256 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions higher than 2,304,000 pixels.
Meets graphics memory bandwidth requirements, as assessed by Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor
Graphics Memory– 128 MB of graphics memory;
Hard Drive Capacity– 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space;
DVD-ROM Drive– external, not internal.
So are you ready to test your system? You can test your system with the Windows Vista Upgrade beta. This isn’t a Windows Vista install, but a program that will test your PC to determine whether or not it can handle such an upgrade. Here’s the link.