Is your next PC ready for Vista?

Microsoft, OS

Kind of, sort of, maybe? You're not the only one unsure about it, as a matter of fact it is one of the most puzzling conversations on the Internet as of late – what kind of hardware will Vista demand to run efficiently? The latest beta builds have improved the performance quite a bit, I am typing this post on a laptop that now boots into Vista faster than XP. The same machine required close to a day to install November builds with the latest one completing in less than an hour – on battery. Chairs have been thrown people, the performance gains are there and it is looking solid. But how do you spec your next workstation so it can run Vista? Well, go with at least a beefy 64bit chip (no Celeron, no Sampron) and get as much ram as you can. That is about the end of the known minimum requirements but since Vista is overflowing with graphical gadgetry you might want to avoid the el cheapo brand of video card. You know the names… the S3's… the Trident's… the integrated Intel … Basically feel free to consider anything that Dell includes as inferior and upgrade to the nearest best (non-shared) alternative. Much more on this as we get closer to launch but in the meantime spend your money on memory. Looks like 512 is the new basement. What does Vista Capable mean? Basically its designed for Windows XP and will be capable of running Windows Vista Home Edition. In my humble opinion, save your money for a few months. Unless there is a smell of burned silicone in the air you might as well feed your piggy bank for the next year and run Vista the way its supposed to be run.

4 Responses to Is your next PC ready for Vista?

  1. muhamad says:

    I would really be afraid of this logo. Windows “minimum requirements” are Microsoft’s legal CYA and only describe a system that will actually BOOT the OS.

    I’m with you on this one, hold on to your cash at least until the launch maybe even a bit longer. It always takes some time to work out the kinks in the new OS to make it play well with your 3rd party apps you may have become accustomed to.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Forgive me but this is so overplayed I feel as if its a millionth article with the same conclusion: Vista/Longhorn is going to be delayed at least two generations of hardware from any point in time so you might as well ignore it when it comes out and stick with what runs XP. Then a year or two later get a system actually capable of running it instead of spending thousands at launch for something that will barely power on. There isn’t a single feature in Vista that warrants this much discussion.

  3. Steve Ballmer wants you to know one thing: He never throws chairs.

    “I have never, honestly, thrown a chair in my life,” Microsoft’s chief executive said in a morning keynote at Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida.

  4. Vlad says:

    Oh, you knew he threw it. Every CEO throws stuff around its a role requirement. I’ve flung many servers out of frustration (though generally not in the direction of employees).

    Katie will attest to my “undertaker” piledriver move – you haven’t lived if you’ve never popped capacitors out of a sealed steel case. Made in China %#$%% #$^%(@ ^#$@% @#^( (#^ !!(!#^ ##(^(@^ (^@ piece @#%@% of @@@#^@^@^@ @#^@^@#^ @^@#^


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