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May 18, 2006 at 12:48 PM

Is that PC really Vista ready?

Now that PC makers have sold off most of their old Celeron PCs, Microsoft released detailed specs on what you’ll need to run Vista.

Be warned that the term “Vista capable” means only that a PC can run a bare-bones version of the software, a version without snazzy new graphics features.

If you’re shopping for a PC and planning to upgrade to Vista, look for one marked “Vista Premium Ready.” Those systems should be powerful enough to run the complete system.

For a PC to be “Vista Premium Ready,” it needs at least a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 128 MB video card that’s Vista compliant. The company launched a “get ready” Web site with more specifics, but you have to click footnotes for details. You can also get the specs in this press release.

One PC that’s not powerful enough to run complete versions of Vista: the Samsung Ultra-Mobile PC that went on sale this month.

Comments | Topics: Gadgets & products, Microsoft

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