Will Your Vista PC Be Windows 7 Ready?

This week my wife and I are visiting family in Texas and last night my son-in-law asked a simple question. If you buy a Vista computer today will it run Windows 7 ? Hmm….. Interesting question and my answer was that it should. But than I gave it some thought this morning and my answer should of been I am not sure. Here’s why.

Anytime Microsoft releases a new operating system, they come out with the minimum specifications that the new OS needs to run properly. In my experience these specifications are, shall we say, a tad bit on the wishful thinking side. Most of us are aware that these specifications are so minimum that you are lucky if the computer even starts. We have learned that we usually need a lot more horsepower to have our systems run satisfactorily.

When Vista was first released Microsoft and the OEM’s played another wishful thinking game using stickers proclaiming a system was ‘Vista Capable’ or ‘Vista Ready’. Take a look at this site from Microsoft here. They list a Vista Capable PC with these specifications:

A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:

  • A modern processor (at least 800MHz¹).
  • 512 MB of system memory.
  • A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.

A Vista Ready PC as:

A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor¹).
  • 1 GB of system memory.
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)², Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
  • 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
  • DVD-ROM Drive³.
  • Audio output capability.
  • Internet access capability.

I believe the thinking goes that the Capable specifications are meant for Windows Vista Basic only. Also a 1GHz processor with 1G of RAM may work for Vista Home Premium but would anyone want to use such a slow system?

Since we now know that Windows 7 will have touch screen abilities and the assumption could be made that it will need more horsepower than Vista, I don’t think anyone can answer the question if Windows 7 will run on a Vista computer. We really won’t know the answer until the first beta’s are released.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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  • http://peckham.hopto.org William Peckham

    I have only one laptop running VISTA at home, and one desktop PC at work. Everything else runs Win2K or Linux. My favorite version of Windows is XP. Vist has been a big fat DOG for me.

    If I upgrade any of my Windows platforms currently in use, it will be to Linux. (Suse Desktop, Ubuntu, Debian, or Fedora for the more powerful: Debian minimal, DSL, or freedos for the less powerful).

    If I could purchase a few boxes of Win98SE and WinXP and a reason

  • leftystrat

    “the assumption could be made that it will need more horsepower than Vista”

    When has MS ever put out a Latest and Greatest that didn’t require more horsepower? The Vista-capable nonsense resulted in a lawsuit, justifiably so imo.

    MS generally sets the bar. It was ironic to see that they failed with Vista. I wonder what the hardware mfgrs have to say. Probably nothing pleasant :)

    My answer to `7-ready’ would be to wait til MS puts out their specs, then double them, plus add whatever new hardware will be required to do touch screen and whatever else. Businesses won’t be happy, I’m guessing.

    We snuck a few linux boxes onto the floor. Maybe they’ll reproduce and populate the office before 7 comes out.

  • Horus Hinds

    I am still using XP Media. It came with a Vista disk {as a bonus!] Vista is still in the box. XP is working fine for me. I guess I don’t know I’m missing.

  • Ryan

    Ron, those were the Wintel fudged specs, Microsoft lowered the real requirements for Vista in order to help Intel sell off a backstock of wimpy equipment that couldn’t handle Vista.

    As is usual with all things Microsoft, the minimum specs may just get it to boot, but you won’t like dealing with it, so you have two choices to a way forward from XP.

    1. Throw away computer that can still do everything you really want it to, and buy a new one with at least double Microsoft’s stated specifications for any kind of user experience.

    2. Install a less resource demanding operating system, I believe Ubuntu, Sabayon, and Fedora even now have tools built into the installer to help you transfer all your documents and music and even Internet Explorer or Firefox bookmarks and settings so all your important stuff is there and you can just hit the ground running. (naturally, I recommend a backup of anything super important just to be safe)

    I don’t understand why you have to pitch a system that can still keep pace just to buy an even more incredibly expensive piece of hardware and another copy of Windows that will immediately negate any newfound performance the hardware offered. (Hey, at least when I do a hardware upgrade on Linux, it feels like I’ve done something, not just play the “hold the line” game of chucking good hardware at a bad operating system)

    My predictions to realistically run Windows 7:

    1.8 Ghz dual core processor
    2 GB of RAM
    20 GB of disk space just to install Windows
    DirectX 10 GPU with at least 256 MB of RAM

    and finally

    DVD writer support so that the Starforce/SecuROM DRM virus (which is now a Microsoft partner) can and will immediately disable and destroy the device without even mentioning it was on your computer in the first place.

  • Denny

    _____ I’m Guessin You’ll Need 5-GIGs of Ram
    to Run-It ! ! ! – :)

  • http://Sn0vv.vom Sn0vv

    As Much as I am awaiting yet another windows version with more goodies and improvements….and i am not really worried about bein uptodate in hardware since I update once a year…i just hope they take their time with windows 7 besides rushing it out….I wish the customer (meaning all of us) would just settledown with the early expectations and worries and gossip and give MS the time they need to bring out a good version of windows,,,,,even XP took time to perfect