Tech Tip: Windows Vista
A new version of Microsoft Windows is right around the corner. It is called Windows Vista. Windows Vista Beta 2 is actually available for anyone to download and try out. I wouldnt suggest you do that unless you put it on a computer that is not your primary workstation.
But before you do that, you should know the system requirements to run this new OS. The new sys-reqs will eliminate some people from running this OS on their current computers.
Here are the minimum requirements:
· 1 GHz processor.
· 1 GB of memory.
· A graphics processor that runs Windows Aero2 (the name for the new graphical user interface or gui).
· 128 MB of graphics memory.
· 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free; a DVD drive, speakers, and Internet access.
OK so that eliminates a lot of computers right off the bat. Even some slightly older computers may not even have the ability to be upgraded to reach those minimum requirements. And these are minimum in the computer specs world, more is better.
Windows Vista has a release date of January, 2007. So if you are shopping for a new computer these days, be sure that the computer you are considering purchasing will have the capability of running this new operating system. OR just wait until they begin shipping computers with the new system pre-installed.
And there are other considerations. Be aware that when you install this new operating system, or buy a new computer with the system pre-installed, some of your old software may not work. You may need to upgrade some of your favorite software packages. This website has a review of Windows Vista and lists some software that may or may not be compatible with Vista.
Want to do a little of your own research? Check out the Windows Vista homepage:
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