Vista Capable versus Vista Competent

A recent article at TechRepublic reports Dell web site qualifications of a PCs running Windows Vista. It appears a new branding category is emerging as a method to sell legacy hardware for use with Vista.

Dell’s interpretation of “Windows Vista Capable” definition adds the following description for such hardware:

“… the ability to boot the operating system, without running applications or games.”

Isn’t this ludicrous? Sure you can boot the operating system but can’t do anything once you get there! This is a stretch of the official classifications published by Microsoft, Vista Capable and Vista Premium Ready.

The official Microsoft Windows Vista classifications are as follows:

A Vista Capable or equivalent PC needs to have at minimum an 800 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM and a DirectX 9 class graphics card. A computer that meets these requirements will be capable of running all editions of Windows Vista although some of the special features and high end graphics options may require additional or more advanced hardware.

A Vista Premium Ready PC will take advantage of Vista’s “high-end” features but will need at least a 1.0 GHz processor, 1 GB main memory, and an Aero-compatible graphics card with at least 128 MB graphics memory and supporting the new Windows Display Driver Model.

If you wish to check the capability of your current machine to run Vista, Microsoft has a Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor available at their website to see which mode you can run without upgrading!


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