Thursday, January 10, 2008

Upgrading to a Windows Vista Capable Computer

Windows Vista is coming! If your current system is not a Windows Vista capable computer, it?s time you start to prepare for it.
upgrading to windows vista

Windows Vista is a total makeover from its predecessor, Windows XP. It contains new features, better security architecture and an improved user interface. On hardware side, it is much more demanding. The same old system that runs Windows XP well can no longer be used for Windows Vista.

Do not fret! It doesn’t mean that you have to change the whole PC to use Windows Vista. You only have to upgrade a few components.

According to the specification given by Microsoft, a Windows Vista capable PC must be at least 800MHz CPU speed, 512MB of memory RAM and a graphics processor that can process DirectX9. Note that this is only the minimum requirement. For optimum performance, you need to upgrade the following computer parts:

CPU
Windows Vista ships with both 32-bit and 64-bit version in a DVD rom. You need to have a 64-bit CPU to be able to run the 64-bit version. Currently, the processors that can run 64-bit applications are the Intel Core 2 Duo and AMD Athlon 64 series. They are the processors that you should be upgrading to.

RAM
A Windows Vista Premium ready PC needs at least 1 GB of memory RAM. It is better if you can upgrade to 2 GB. No one has ever complained about having too much memory space. A buffer of extra 1GB will gives your computer the extra capabilities to run other applications concurrently.

Graphics Card
A Windows Vista capable computer requires at least a 128MB graphics card, I would recommend getting a 512MB graphics card. If you want to achieve the best gaming effects with the most rigorous OS, you got to have the best graphics card.

If you are thinking of getting an onboard graphics card, I would advise against it. The main reason for this is because most of the onboard graphics has only limited features. There is no adequate support and resources to run Windows Vista at the optimum level. In addition, onboard graphics is never suitable for gaming.

In conclusion, if you have the intention to migrate to Windows Vista after it is launched, then it pays to understand more about this revolutionary OS and start to prepare your computer for it. Hope this article is able to help you to make the correct upgrading decision.

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