Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Microsoft Vista 101

Currently the latest Microsoft Operating System sold in shelves is Microsoft Vista. There are different editions available depending on use. Namely they are
  • Home Basic
  • Home Premium
  • Business
  • Ultimate
You could view their differences in detail here. However for a normal home or student use the Home Premium edition is sufficient.

If you are using Windows XP, there are reasons why you should get Vista but there are also other reasons why you shouldn't. This site explains it best. Bottomline however , most likely the compelling reason for you to want to upgrade to Windows Vista from XP would be to get that new Aero interface which looks so cool on screen. :)

Before you go about buying Vista, you must take note of the computer specifications. There are minimum system requirements to meet. According to Microsoft for Windows Home Premium they are:
  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:
- WDDM Driver
- 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
- Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
- 32 bits per pixel
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Audio Output
  • Internet access

When you have decided to upgrade and start using Microsoft Vista. Buy the DVD first. My suggestion is the Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 Upgrade, then proceed to the next article on how to install Microsoft Vista.

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