A Vista Capable or equivalent PC needs to have at minimum an 800 MHz
processor, 512 MB RAM and a DirectX 9 class graphics card. A computer that
meets these requirements will be capable of running all editions of Windows
Vista although some of the special features and high end graphics options may
require additional or more advanced hardware.
A Vista Premium Ready PC will take advantage of Vista's "high-end" features but
will need at least a 1.0 GHz processor, 1 GB main memory, and an Aero-
compatible graphics card with at least 128 MB graphics memory and supporting
the new Windows Display Driver Model. The company also offers Windows Vista
Upgrade Advisor from its website to determine the ability of a PC to run Vista in
its various guises. The utility runs on Windows XP (with Service Pack 2) and
Microsoft lists some Vista capable hardware on their website. The "Windows
Vista Premium Ready" laptops they specify have Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 or above
CPUs and 1 GB memory.
Windows Vista's "Basic" and "Classic" interfaces will work with virtually any
graphics hardware that supports Windows XP or 2000; accordingly, most
discussion around Vista's graphics requirements centers on those for the
Windows Aero interface. As of Windows Vista Beta 2, the NVIDIA GeForce FX
family and later, the ATI Radeon 9500 and later, Intel's GMA 950 integrated
graphics, and a handful of VIA chipsets and S3 Graphics discrete chips are
supported.Though some XGI Technology Volari chips were DirectX 9 (including
the Volari V3XT which was available in PCI cards), with XGI's exit from the
graphics card business it appears none of its chips are supported as of Vista Beta
2. A PCI Express (PCIe) video card is not a requirement for Windows Aero, but
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