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16-10-06, 21:08
Windows Vista :: The Ultimate Information Resource!


DISCLAMER: This is a combined article from various sources, including external websites, posts on these forums and my own writing. Any material used in this artical is copyrighted to their respective owners. This article is for information purposes only, any problems that arise from any tips in this text is of your own doing. I, nor anyone else shall take responsibility for any actions taken place. This thread will also be updated from time to time with more information and updates. It is currently not finished so it will be updated soon. Thanks, and enjoy.


Section 1 - What is Windows Vista?

Windows Vista is the newest operating system created my Microsoft, previously codenamed 'Longhorn'. It is the newest in the generation of Microsoft systems and is due to be released next year, 2007.

More info here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/experiences/default.mspx

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Section 2 - How much will Windows Vista cost?

Windows Vista Home Basic
Suggested retail price for full package product, $199.00 USD. Suggested upgrade retail price, $99.95 USD.
Windows Vista Home Basic is the operating system for homes with basic computing needs. It is easy to set up, it helps you use your PC more securely and reliably, and like all of the editions of Windows Vista, it is compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that you use and trust. If you simply want to use your PC for tasks such as surfing the Internet, corresponding with friends and family using e-mail, or performing basic document creation and editing tasks, then Windows Vista Home Basic will deliver a safer, more reliable, and more productive computing environment.

Windows Vista Home Premium
Suggested retail price for full package product, $239.00 USD.
Suggested upgrade retail price, $159.00 USD.
Windows Vista Home Premium is the operating system for homes with advanced computer needs. It will help you use your laptop or desktop PC more effectively as well as enable you to enjoy new, exciting digital entertainment experiences—all with the benefit of added security and reliability.

Windows Vista Ultimate
Suggested retail price for full package product, $399.00 USD. Suggested upgrade retail price, $259.00 USD.
Windows Vista Ultimate is the most comprehensive edition of Windows Vista. It is the first operating system that combines all of the advanced infrastructure features of a business-focused operating system, all of the management and efficiency features of a mobility-focused operating system, and all of the digital entertainment features of a consumer-focused operating system. For the person who wants one operating system that is great for working from home, working on the road, and for entertainment, Windows Vista Ultimate is the operating system that lets you have it all.

Windows Vista Business
Suggested retail price for full package product, $299.00 USD. Suggested upgrade retail price, $199.00 USD.
The Windows Vista Business operating system is designed to meet the needs of business organizations of all sizes. For small businesses, Windows Vista Business will help keep PCs running smoothly and more securely so you will be less reliant on dedicated IT support. For larger organizations, Windows Vista Business provides dramatic new infrastructure improvements, enabling your IT staff to spend less time focused on the day-to-day maintenance of PCs and more time adding strategic value to your organization. Windows Vista Business also offers powerful new ways to organize, find, and share information while staying better connected whether you are in the office or on the road. This helps your business to run more efficiently than ever before.

Windows Vista Enterprise
To better address the needs of large, global organizations and those with highly complex IT infrastructures, Microsoft will introduce a new version of Windows—Windows Vista Enterprise—designed to significantly lower IT costs and risk. In addition to all of the features available in Windows Vista Business (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/editions/business.mspx), Windows Vista Enterprise is designed to provide higher levels of data protection using hardware-based encryption technology. It also includes tools to improve application compatibility and enables organizations to standardize by using a single worldwide deployment image. Windows Vista Enterprise will only be available to customers who have PCs covered by Microsoft Software Assurance or a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.
The Windows Vista Enterprise edition is only available to Microsoft Volume License customers, it is not available for retail purchase.

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Secion 3 - Can my computer run Windows Vista?

You can test to see if you computer meets the needs of Vista by running this test: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/upgradeadvisor/default.mspx
Alternatively, read the below information and see if your computer is compatible.

The Windows Vista compable logo

What is a Windows Vista Capable PC?

A new PC that carries the Windows Vista Capable PC logo can run Windows Vista. All editions of Windows Vista will deliver core experiences such as innovations in organizing and finding information, security, and reliability. All Windows Vista Capable PCs will run these core experiences at a minimum. Some features available in the premium editions of Windows Vista—like the new Windows Aero (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/features/default.mspx) user experience—may require advanced or additional hardware.

A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:
A modern processor (at least 800MHz).
512 MB of system memory.
A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs
To get an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience, ask for a Windows Vista Capable PC that is designated Premium Ready, or choose a PC that meets or exceeds the Premium Ready requirements described below. Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/hardwarereqs.mspx).

A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:
1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
1 GB of system memory.
Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum), Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
DVD-ROM Drive.
Audio output capability.
Internet access capability.Footnotes
Processor speed is specified as the nominal operational processor frequency for the device. Some processors have power management which allows the processor to run at lower rate to save power.
If the GPU uses shared memory, then no additional graphics memory is required beyond the 1 GB system memory requirement; If the GPU uses dedicated memory then 128MB is required.
A DVD-ROM may be external (not integral, not built into the system).__________________________________________ ___________________________________

Section 4 - My computer can run Vista, can I try it out before I buy it?

Yes. You can try out the beta (test) version of Vista and can download it from the Microsoft website. You will have to sign up to the beta program and then you will recieve a CD-key and download link for you to try it out (or order a DVD if you are on a slow connection).

See here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview.mspx

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Section 5 - Setting up your computer for Vista and preparing the installation

Before you install Vista, you need to make sure that you have enough drive space for it. You can either install Vista on to a newly formatted hard drive, or on a new partition of an existing drive. Either way, it is still recommended to keep your old XP installation and run a dual boot.


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Links and Information

Offical Vista website: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/
Wikipedia info about Vista: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista
Info and tips about vista: http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=75898
How well games run on Vista: http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=76616

Special thanks to Joseph and all the members of the forums. Also, thanks to the Microsoft website and other online resources.

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No update coming. The information has already been posted in two other threads and this one is no longer relevent.

Thanks all,


18-10-06, 12:43
Thanks for your nice informations ! :wve: :)
Unfortunately , Vista Needs a lot of memory ! :(