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Microsoft works out "Vista Ready" PC labels

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For theinquirer: By Nick Farrell: Monday 03 April 2006, 07:11

DESPITE the fact that its operating system keeps getting pushed back into the never-never, Microsoft has started labelling PCs as ‘Vista Ready’.

Vole’s new program will involve slapping stickers on PCs that have enough RAM and other gear to handle the Windows Vista Home Basic.

However, there is a slight problem with sticking the labels on every PC with current-generation processors, at least 512 megabytes of memory and a DirectX 9-class graphics processor.

The Home Basic Vista can’t run the graphics section of the OS, which is probably one of the few highlight’s on the operating system that Microsoft has not dropped. This means that a lot of machines which come out with Vole’s Vista sticker will not be able to run the Operating System in any meaningful way.

A SpokesVole admitted to the Seattle Times that the sticker specifications were a "baseline" and that if anyone wanted the extra graphics they would have to upgrade to a version of Vista that could cope.

The fact that Vole has not officially announced what hardware you will need to have a working version of Vista should be an indication that you should not believe what you read on the front of the PC after January.

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WinVista system requirements

WinVista System requirements

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40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.

Is 15 GB the size of the OS?! Ouch.

Is Vista gonna be on a DVD, or multiple CDs? The specs require a DVD drive, so I'm guessing that it'll be at least one DVD, maybe more!

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most likely. also, i've read somewhere that the size of Windows XP's code is only 20% of Windows Vista's code. i smell huge requirements(which my comp doesn't support :P ) and slowness :wish:

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i wont be surprised if Vista take up so much space... so many new programs and stuff... for good or for bad... :wish: :P

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well well... WinVista and Office 2007 will include many additional features that are not available in previous versions... but as Microsoft tries to add all these features to make the new Operating System and Office System better, features rich and more secure, they are being sued... :wish: what a joke~ people complain that Windows (and Office) dont have this dont have that... but when they try to satisfy the people... they offended other companies...

well... poor Microsoft...

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hey guys, do you think a

Pentium M 2.0 Ghz Process

With One Gig Of Ram

And A ATI Mobility PCI Express/64MB VRAM

possible to run Vista without any lag?

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Sorry bro, but you won't be able to use the graphic intensive Aero interface unless you about quadruple your video memory, add more system memory (like woodbutcher recommended) and bump up the proc a notch or two. Actually, your proc is probably the least of your troubles, as Vista is designed to tax the GPU and leave the CPU free to work on other things, like your running programs.

You could probably run Vista in classic mode, but that seems like an awful lot of cash to throw at an OS if you current system can't even handle all of its features...

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possible to run Vista without any lag?

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you can always run other WinVista styles...

Standard

"Standard" is a variation of Windows Aero without the transparencies, window animations, and other advanced graphical effects such as Flip 3D. Like Aero, it uses the Desktop Compositing Engine, and has generally the same video hardware requirements as Windows Aero.

Basic

This theme uses the new desktop composition although it has an aspect similar to Windows XP's visual style with the addition of subtle animations such as those found on progress bars, with increased stability and smooth window re-draw. It does not feature transparency or translucency, window animation, Flip 3D or any of the functions provided by the DWM.

- Requires Windows XP Display Driver Model (XPDM) or WDDM drivers.

- Graphics card requirements are the same as Windows XP or 2000.

Windows Classic

The most basic user interface offered by Vista, which is very similar to the appearance of Windows 2000.

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windows_vista.jpg

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acer have indicated that Windows Vista Capable PC run the core experiences of Windows Vista... but may not be fully compatible...

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