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Longhorn Recommended Requirements

By SNGX1275 ยท 30 replies
May 4, 2004
  1. Doesn't look like any of us right now will make the 'recommend' specs for Longhorn. But then again we might have double the specs by the time its released.

    Microsoft is expected to recommend that the "average" Longhorn PC feature a dual-core CPU running at 4 to 6GHz; a minimum of 2 gigs of RAM; up to a terabyte of storage; a 1 Gbit, built-in, Ethernet-wired port and an 802.11g wireless link; and a graphics processor that runs three times faster than those on the market today.

    Read more here.
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    But you see, there is sense in this.

    Believe me, my young padawan learners....

    This has all happened before with Windows 95, and even to a certain degree Windows 2000. Machines need to get more powerful.

    Is anyone going to dispute that?

    So Windows 2005 or whatever its called needs 1 TB of disk space and 2 GB RAM - but the thing is that, if you look at it in perspective, a lot of us already have machines like that.

    I've got 3GHz Pentium IV
    1.5 GB RAM
    Half TB Hard disk space

    Its not unthinkable, is it?


    It probably means that computers are about to become a lot more fun again for a little while. Good stuff.
  3. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    {Masque hunts for the overclocking thread}

  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,588   +965

    Whoever it was that moved this post to the frontpage, well done ;)
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    It was me, big bad Julio!

    Everyone needs to read this.
  6. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 407

    i will be getting another computer anyways. hopefully computers in a few years will cost less than it does now.
  7. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,952   +203

    Haha, hillarious, Dell still sells computers with 128mb ram

    2GB of ram required? No way, this is either bull or else MS is gonna do a boo boo

    And what is that with a "dual core CPU required" so if I have a single core 6ghz that wont do it? Pure bull....
  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Hey maybe TechSpot could give away a computer that can actually run Longhorn as a prize for guessing what the Windows whatever name it will be called or what day it will hit the stores...

    No dude, it will run. Have faith.

    it will run like a 486 ran Windows 95.

    Have a nice life.


    Good luck running Doom III and Half Life bloody 3 or whatever it is coming out next as well.

    You'll need dual core for the real fun, believe me. Probably even quad core!

    You won't get chips rated at 6 GHz that are single core, and if you do they will die like dead little 486 SX...
  9. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,952   +203

    Haha, if TS where to give away a system that could run Longhorn we would have to close the site to afford it! :p

    And you make a very valid point there P66; add like 6ghz more and 2tb more ram and you just might be able to get Doom3 to run at 28fps :p
  10. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Aren't I a *******? Come on, how inspired will the name be?

    Windows XP 2005 ?
    Windows XL ?

    But the date of release is a pretty interesting one. That could go on for ages.

    People queued up outside stores overnight for Windows 95, you know.
  11. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Looking at these specs my guess would be that Longhorn is written in VB.NET.. A TB hard drive? The executables have to be VB scripts to fill that space!
  12. SmAsHeR

    SmAsHeR TS Rookie Posts: 33

    Dell who? Have you seen the screen shots? no more crayon colored xp theme. i am excited!
  13. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8


    Not quite sure if the clock is big enough, though...

    More here.
  14. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    I hope this thing is going to have some substantial new funcionality under it's bonnet. I say this because looking at it from the interface point of view, it's not all that much different from XP from what I've just seen. Just a little more stylised. What I mean is comparitive to the difference in the general layout between Win95 and Win98.

    Maybe I've missed something, I dunno. Personally though, unless I have to buy it to keep up, if the only thing I find useful is a revised XP interface, then I'm happy to stick with XP for as long as possible.

    Remind me to read a review or two when M$ finally decide when this thing is going to roll out, and can tell me exactly what will be in it.

    I'm feeling quite cynical today. does it show? :D
  15. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    That's just a basic view, from some early thing.

    The real baby has a new GUI technology....



    More here.
  16. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Even more here.
  17. erickdj

    erickdj TS Rookie Posts: 69

    I would like to see something that makes a difference like going from command-line DOS to GUI windows 9x. We've had the same basic layout with minor changes for almost 10 years now. We need a change, a major one.
  18. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Well if you believe Microsoft marketting hype then that's what you will be getting.
  19. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Thankyou very much. I stand corrected, at least in part.

    Fact remains though, as we all know all too well, is that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Untill M$ can be consistant in what they are saying about it, there's no guarantee for us poor end users as to what we can expect.

    Even then Microsoft could change the specs at the last minute.

    Still, I'm intesested again now. Thankyou.
  20. SmAsHeR

    SmAsHeR TS Rookie Posts: 33

    those screen shots look like xp but i have seen several that look completely different. the icons are much crisper to.
  21. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Posts: 387

    I find that screenshots are pretty useless... if we judged OSes by looks, then Windows would always be chosen over Linux. I wonder what kind of new features they'll be putting in? Maybe there's a new task which runs in the background and eats your RAM (lol). It must have something amazing if it uses 4+ times as much RAM as Windows XP. Maybe it materializes objects in real life or something, otherwise I'm sticking to XP...:dead:
  22. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 269

    Er? *waves* Ive tried the Longhorn alpha releases on my machine - and my machine is not a dual-core 6ghz......
    but seriously it run fine on my machine - took forever to load and was usless for gaming (driver problems etc) but other than that it was fine.....6ghz :p unless they have introduced a whole load of new resource hogging 'features' then it will run fine on todays systems....

    just my $0.02

  23. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    yes steg but what you have is probably a very early build, much closer to Windows XP.

    The finished thing will be radically different in many ways.
  24. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Topic Starter Posts: 10,742   +419

    There was even a build of longhorn that was identical? or almost identical to an early version of Server 2003. They even used the same cd key.
  25. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 269

    Oh ok sorry :eek: - any clues what these differences are going to be? They must be pretty radical to require such moster specs....

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