According to Microsoft corp, computers capable of running Windows Vista are classified as Vista Capable and Vista Premium Ready.
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 requirementswill 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. The company also offers Windows Vista Upgrade
Advisor from its website to determine the ability of a PC to run Vista in its various guises. The utility runs on Windows XP (with Service Pack 2) and Windows Vista.
Microsoft lists some Vista capable hardware on their website. The “Windows Vista Premium Ready” laptops
they specify have Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 or above CPUs and 1 GB memory.
Windows Vista’s “Basic” and “Classic” interfaces will work with virtually any graphics hardware that supports Windows XP or 2000; accordingly, most discussion around Vista’s graphics requirements centers on those for the Windows Aero interface. As of Windows Vista Beta 2, the NVIDIA GeForce FX family and later, the ATI Radeon 9500 and later, Intel’s GMA 950 integrated graphics, and a handful of VIA chipsets and S3 Graphics discrete chips are supported.Though some XGI Technology Volari chips were DirectX 9 (including the Volari V3XT which was available in PCI cards), with XGI’s exit from the graphics card business it appears none of its chips are supported as of Vista Beta 2. A PCI Express (PCIe) video card is not a requirement for Windows Aero, but Microsoft recommends PCIe video over an AGP device due to the interface’s greater bandwidth. There are some PCI cards available that are compatible with Windows Vista as well.
Windows Vista system requirements
Memory 512 MB
Graphics card DirectX 9 capable
HDD capacity 20 GB
HDD free space 15 GB
Other drives DVD-ROM
Vista Premium Ready
Processor 1.0 GMHz
Memory 1 GB
Graphics card DirectX 9 capable GPU with Hardware Pixel Shader v2.0 and WDDM driver support
Graphics memory 28 MB RAM supports up to 2,756,000 total pixels (e.g. 1920 × 1200) or 512 MB+ for greater resolutions such as 560×1600
HDD capacity 40 GB
HDD free space 15 GB
Other drives DVD-RW
Have you ever felt bugged-up with the Start-up and Shutdown jingle of your Windows XP or Vista ? If yes, here is the solution, now you use any of your favorite voice or music or dialogue as your PC’s shutdown and start up.
It’s a simple 4 step process.
Choose the track which you want to play at start-up and shutdown jingles,
* It should be in .WAV format.
* The size of file should not be large, prefer keeping them within in 1 Mb, otherwise your startup will take a bit longer.
If the file you want to make your start-up or shutdown is not in .WAV format, you can easily convert them using Jet Audio 7, or any other converter.
Now rename these files as “Windows XP Startup.WAV” and “Windows XP Shutdown.WAV” respectively.
Now Go to “C:WINDOWSMEDIA”, here you will find files “Windows XP Startup.WAV” and “Windows XP Shutdown.WAV”, move them to some other locations, this step is required for, in case you need to revert back these sounds, else you can ignore this step.
Now the files you have chosen and renamed, just copy-paste or cut paste them in “C:WINDOWSMEDIA”, here you go, now you can enjoy the new Start-up and shutdown.
If you’re using Windows Explorer to work with your files and folders, you’ve probably already discovered the new Views menu. You just click the arrow next to the Views icon on the toolbar to bring up the Views menu, as shown in Figure , and then drag the slider up or down to change the size and appearance of the file and folder icons.
The slider on the Views menu has seven settings that range from Extra Large Icons to Tiles.
While clicking the icon and dragging the slider is simple enough there is an easier way. Simply hold down the [Ctrl] key and scroll your mouse wheel up and down to resize the icons from Tiles to Extra Large Icons.
Using the [Ctrl] key and the mouse wheel combination also works on the Desktop. While the Desktop is selected, just hold down the [Ctrl] key and scroll your mouse wheel up and down to resize the icons from a microscopic 16 x 16 all the way up to huge 256 x 256 renditions.
Heres the way to stop unneeded programs from startup.
Along with the core operating system and programs that Windows XP runs when it
starts, there is also a host of services involved. Many of these services are necessary
for Windows XP to operate correctly. However, many of them are for features in
Windows XP that you may not use at all. You can peruse the services and disable any
service that you do not want to run. The fewer services that run, the more quickly
Windows XP will boot.
To reduce the number of services that start on bootup, you can access two different
areas of Windows XP.
The first is the System Configuration Utility. You can do that by entering the
command “msconfig” in the run menu.
Start Run “msconfig” (without quotes) || Hit Enter
The Services tab shows you the services that start when the computer
boots. You can stop a service from starting by simply clearing the check box
next to the service and clicking OK.
However, before you do so, there is another way to disable services that you
may prefer because the interface gives you more information about the service
Open Control Panel Administrative Tools Services or
Start Run “services.msc” || Hit Enter
Take a quick look at common services you may want to live without.
Its very simple to make a backup or restore the registry files.
Just open run and type regedit and select “my computer” in registry editor and in file menu select option “export” now it will take about 2 to 5 minutes to create a backup for your windows registry.
Now make any change in windows and after that simple double click on the backup file where you have been stored it will restore all the option back to the original values.
Disable Error Reporting for Windows Vista
Open Control Panel
Open the Problem Reports & Solutions applet Under advanced options, disable error reporting
Disable Error Reporting for Windows XP
Right click on My Computer and select Properties
Click the advanced tab
Click the error reporting button down the bottom
Select Disable error reporting