Requirements for installing Windows® Vista®
Discuss the features of Windows Vista and the minimum system requirements for installing Windows Vista?
Microsoft Windows Vista is designed to operate on a wide range of computer systems. There are specifications on a computer’s hardware which must meet for the operating system to be installed and function correctly. Windows Vista is much more graphic intensive than older version of Windows Operating Systems. These requirements increases the cost of hardware needed to run Windows Vista on your computer. Some features of Windows Vista are optional. Windows Vista has several types of versions Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business and Ultimate etc. Windows Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate support special interaction with touch screens. But these features require a touch screen monitor tablet with Windows Vista compatible drivers.
Following lines discuss about Windows Vista and the minimum system requirements for the OS:
- Processor and Memory Requirements
- Video Card Requirements
- Hardware Requirements
Processor and Memory Requirements
Windows Vista is designed for users who wish to upgrade their Operating System. Windows Vista requires at least 32-bit or 64-bit processor with 800 MHz speed. 512 Mb of RAM provides high performance to your computer. Your computer system will need at least 448 Mb of RAM even when the graphics processor is making use of system RAM. Your computer will also need to have at least a 20 GB hard drive, with 15 GB of free hard disk space available to the smooth running of your computer.
Video Card Requirements
Windows Vista requires Aero graphics environment with DirectX 9 class graphics card. The graphics processor for the card will need to support DirectX 9 or higher. To run the Aero graphics environment, the card also need to support 32 bits per pixel. The card should be compatible with a Windows display driver model and should be tested for Aero compatibility. The card must have at least 32 MB of graphics onboard memory.
To run Windows Vista on your computer it requires some hardware components. Windows Vista is sold on DVDs; a computer must have a DVD-ROM or DVD-RW drive for Vista operating system installing. An onboard audio or a sound card is required for sound output from Windows Vista. To make use of online activation, an Internet connection is also required on your computer system.