“Get Ready” campaign launched for Windows Vista

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Are you wondering whether your PC is ready for the move to Windows Vista?  Or are you considering buying a new system that will really be able to take advantage of the heightened graphics, ramped up media, faster search capabilities—and more?

Last week Microsoft launched a "Get Ready" campaign to help everyone find what they need to prepare for the new operating system.  Computer manufacturers can claim their machines are "Vista-capable" if they meet minimum requirements; but computer makers can put a "Premium Ready" sticker on the box if their machines really take advantage of the capabilities of Windows Vista.  Here’s the link to the new "Get Ready" Windows Vista site to help you get your game on (metaphorically speaking, sort of).

  • we are all ready waiting for final release.

  • I don't understand what does it mean 512MB RAM for a Vista Capable PC.
    Is 512MB a good amount of memory to run both OS and the other user's applications or is it the minimum amount to install the OS?
    What does it mean DirectX 9 Capable, DirectX9-compliant or DirectX9 software compatible? I have an old DirectX7-compliant graphic card with 64MB, is it supported? (at least without Aero glass effects).

  • "What does it mean DirectX 9 Capable, DirectX9-compliant or DirectX9 software compatible? I have an old DirectX7-compliant graphic card with 64MB, is it supported? (at least without Aero glass effects). "

    It meas that if you would like to use Aero you will need a DirectX 9 compliant card. You only can use Vista Basic user interface with your one.

  • 512 is the minimum RAM requirement for the Windows Vista OS.  The recommended requirement calls for a minimum of 1GB of system memory, as 1GB enables more of the premium experiences such as Windows Aero.

    Hope this helps.

  • Why my Windows Vista beta2 runs faster with only 512MB? I don't think 512MB is the minimum RAM for OS.

  • I am rebuilding my comp and have installed AMD Athlon 64x2 3800 Dual Core Processor, 500 watt power box, 512MB ram and finally giving it a GeCube Radeon X1600XT 256MB Graphics Card. I take it then that my 512MB ram will need to be upgraded to 1GB ram to get the full benefits of Vista with no loss in performance?????? and will the Graphics Card be sufficient with it being a 256MB Graphics Card????

  • While I cannot comment on the specs of your particular system, you should refer to the guidelines below, also located at, that describe the difference between Windows Vista Capable hardware (i.e., the minimum requirements to run the new version of the OS), vs. Windows Vista Premium Ready hardware (i.e., hardware that allows for an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience).

    A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:

    - A modern processor (at least 800MHz1).
    - 512 MB of system memory.
    - A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.

    Note that further direction on the suggested graphics card for Premium Ready systems is located here:

  • For some reason the Upgrade Advisor Beta software is incompatible with Windows XP. I have Windows XP x64 Edition and when I run the Upgrade Advisor software I get an error message stating "Sorry. You must run setup on Windows XP or Windows Vista."

    What kinds of idiots did Microsoft hire to develop this software?

  • Please note that, as described on the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor Beta site, located at">, the current version of this tool is a work in progress, and hence we expect to add additional functionality in future versions.

    Please check the Upgrade Advisor website at at a later date for updated versions of the tool.

  • I see Vista does everything but there was no mention of gaming. I know Flight Simulator X will be out around the end of the year and will take full advantage of Vista features but there is no mention of gaming on the Vista site. Will my older XP compatable games and software "work" in a Vista inviorment?

  • Yeah, i pose that same question, as a long time ago the same sort of question was posed. ie: does win98 run games better than win2k; then winxp came and blew them both away.
    Will we see vista do the same thing? Will there be compatability issues?

  • I am running a 32bit system (Intel) with 4G of memory.    I have tried running the /3GB switch on XP but found it unstable.   Will Vista support application executables using beyond 2GB of memory, say 4GB in a stable manner?

  • Your XP Games should work well in Windows Vista because Vista includes both DirectX 9 and DirectX 10. By including DirectX 9, Microsoft wants games that utilize DirectX 9 to be playable in Vista.

    Its important to note that games based on DirectX 10 won't work on XP as Microsoft does not intend to backport DirectX 10 to XP.

    Allen, I am not completely sure the answer to your question is yes but I know Vista is including some fantastic enhancements in this area. Let me see if I can find the answer for you.

  • I like the new version of windows vista that Microsoft is coming out with, but I think the hardware requirements are to demanding leaving a lot of consumers in the dust. The demands were not to high for XP version of windows and considering that I just think the demand for Vista is way to high. I am excited about the new build of windows. We use our computers for everything, but at the same time I am not happy because I just bought a new computer a month ago, that has not even been a year pass its warranty and that will now need more memory, (same for the computer I bought one year ago) in order to meet the new Vista build requirements. Isn't there anyway Microsoft could make a litghter build of this OS?

  • Take a look at Linux.
    Take a look at Linspire, who needs Vista?

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