To that end, the software giant will unveil May 18 a campaign designed to help people ensure their PCs can run the forthcoming operating system.
The effort, which comes ahead of the annual WinHec (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) that in 2006 kicks off in Seattle on May 22, will include the unveiling of a Get Ready Web site, which play host to an application that can assess PCs’ readiness for the OS upgrade.
Microsoft will also unveil of a set of minimum PC hardware specifications for systems being upgraded—some of which call for 1GHz processors and 1GB of memory allotments for certain machines—persons familiar with the plan said."
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I recently did a minor upgrade to my 64-bit system, installed a 2 year old nVidia Geforce FX 5200 128 MB AGP card and what a difference did it make when it came to using Windows Vista build 5381.1? I got Glass, got back all of my physical memory which was being used as shared memory (64 MBs) for the graphics. The install was very easy, opened up the case, inserted the card in the brown AGP slot, closed the case and I was good to go. I had downloaded the April 87.45 drivers for Vista x64 from nVidia’s website though, since the native ones that came with Vista are quite crappy. But, the upgrade is very minor and I was able to to get all the richness that was available in the OS on a very cheap system.
AMD Sempron 2600 – 1.6 GHz
512 MBs of DDR Memory
nVidia Geforce FX 5200 128 MB AGP
20 GB Partition
Vista was running just fine before, just that it was butt ugly without Glass and I knew I had to do something about it. Persons have reported though running Vista on 800 MHz systems, with Glass, but of course, they have a good GPU. So, ultimately, its really is up to users to decide if they want features over eye candy. For many users when it comes to Windows Vista and there are a lot of features in Vista that will justify the cost of upgrading for both businesses and consumers. The question is, how will Microsoft communicate that effectively to the different audiences, espcially with a lot of Vista features being made available for XP like Internet Explorer 7, Windows Media Player 11, Windows Defender and rumors that the Windows Sidebar might also be coming for XP and lets not forget the platform tools such as Windows Presentation and Communication Foundation and a BETA 1 Refresh of Windows Future Storage (WinFS) also available for XP. Vista definitely has its challenges ahead.