Do Microsofts Vista Hardware Guidelines Meet the Mark?
Microsoft released to testers
Microsoft did offer some general guidelines, saying that Vista beta 1 should run on "a majority of modern computers that can run Windows XP, carry the Designed for Windows XP logo, have a mainstream processor from Intel or AMD, and have 512 MB of RAM," a Microsoft spokeswoman reiterated this week.
(Comparatively, Microsoft suggests that users have a 300-MHz CPU and 128 MB of RAM to run Windows XP.)
So do Microsofts guidelines meet the mark?
"Beta 1 seems to be working well enough, although Im extremely disappointed in both Microsoft and NVIDIA for not delivering drivers that would enable me to experience [Vistas Aero] Glass [user interface] in its full glory," said Chris Pirillo, founder of Lockergnome.com and a frequent Microsoft beta tester. "Either 64MB aint enough video RAM, or NVIDIA is incapable of supporting this card with this beta [and possibly future releases]. Frustrating."
Pirillo said he is testing Beta 1 on a Toshiba Satellite 5105-S701 that originally shipped with XP Home Edition. The system sports an Intel Pentium 4 processor, 512 MB of RAM, and a 60GB hard drive. It also has a 15-inch display and an Nvidia GeForce4 440 Go graphics card with 64MB of video memory.
So far, Vista "doesnt seem to be any faster than XP," Pirillo said. "Maybe a little slower."
The bits released on July 27 have yet to be performance-tweaked. Microsoft officials warned the first beta would include little of the final user interface.
But Pirillo said that the "Classic Mode interface is beyond unusable," and called it a "Frankenstein UI."
"Im going to reserve true judgments until one of the first RCs (final release candidate builds), he said. But "if certain details are still underfinished, Ill scream like a banshee."
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