The right stuff for Vista: What will it take?

By Justin Mann on August 5, 2005, 1:00 PM
What will it take for your PC to run the latest version of Windows? No matter what software or OS you choose to run, your hardware has to be up to snuff in the first place. The PC you own now may not even be able to install this “next-gen” Microsoft OS. Want to switch from 98, 2000 or XP? You may want to make an upgrade plan now. Some of the requirements are pretty steep. Though I can testify to it running decently on older hardware, this eweek article goes into detail on the minimum and recommended specifications.

Among other things, a DX9 capable video card and 128mb of RAM is required. Though 128 may not seem like much, keep in mind that XP has a minimum requirement of 64mb RAM. Anyone trying to run XP with 64mb will let you know how awful slow it is. Take a gander if you are planning to upgrade.

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sngx1275 said:
I also read that you are going to need a new monitor that complies with some lisenced video otherwise the video will be blurry.You'd think with all these crazy requirements microsoft would be selling hardware too.
Soul Harvester said:
Microsoft does sell hardware ! Although not monitors, not yet. One interesting thing is that Microsoft is trying to convince large scale PC manufacturers to stop using onboard video. That's a laugh for the office environment where spending the extra money on a video card is often not an option.[url]
Spike said:
surely it's possible to simply design better onboard video?Failing that, Graphics card makers could have some lucrative deals with mobo makers where graphics cards are shipped with the mobos?
Soul Harvester said:
Re-designing onboard video might mean driving up the cost. Intel's latest onboard GFX, the "Intel Extreme 2", is anything BUT extreme, and boards coupled with their onboard video already ask a higher price than normal.
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