Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hardware requirements for Windows Vista officially announced

Microsoft today revealed the minimum specifications for Windows Vista, in two tiers: "Vista Capable" and "Premium Ready." And as usual, the emphasis is on minimum.

Minimum Requirements (Vista-Capable PCs):
  • 800 MHz Intel-compatible processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • DirectX 9.0-Capable Graphics Processor
  • 20GB HD

Recommended Requirements (Premium-Ready PCs):

  • 1 GHz Intel-compatible processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • DirectX 9.0-Capable Graphics Processor, with 128MB graphics memory. (64MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor less than 1,310,720 pixels [no more than 1440x900]; 128MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions from 1,310,720 to 2,304,000 pixels [no more than 1920x1200]; 256MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions higher than 2,304,000 pixels [more than 1920x1200]).
  • 40GB HD with at least 15GB "free space"

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