The Vista minimum specs are optimistic.
reader Julian Martin writes in to let us know that Microsoft has released the official minimum specifications for Windows Vista.
Microsoft divides PCs into two categories, 'Vista-Capable' and 'Premium-Ready'. Capable machines will run the OS, but won't get eh fancy new graphics features that Premium users will have access to.
The minimum specs for Vista Capable machines are:
- 800 MHz Intel-compatible processor
- 512MB of RAM
- DirectX 9.0-Capable Graphics Processor
- 20GB HD
For machines that want more than a slide-show on their rig, the Premium-Ready specs are:
- 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"
Of course, anyone attempting to run Windows Vista on a 1GHz machine will be duly laughed at. That kind of minimum spec will barely run XP, let alone Vista - we'd suggest that you look a lot higher if you want a usable experience.
Interestingly, it looks like Vista is going to want 15GB of space to install. That's pretty insane.
Microsoft has launched a new 'Get Ready' website to educate users about the specs - check that out here
Thoughts on the specs? Let us know over in the forums.