Hardware requirements for Windows Vista

Microsoft has announced the hardware requirements for it’s new operating system Windows Vista set to be released on Jan 2007. They’ve launched the Get Ready web site to help users choose the right hardware. The requirement are divided into 2 categories. The first one is a "Vista Capable" that fulfills the minimum requirement to run Windows Vista. The second is "Premium Ready" which can enjoy the high end features like Windows Aero graphics.

This is the Official Windows Vista hardware requirements:

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.

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.

You can download the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor Beta, to find out if your current PC is ready for Vista.

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