MANY People Will Not Be Able to See Windows Fancy Graphics

Thinking of upgrading to Windows Vista as soon as it comes out? You’ll definitely want to check your machine out to make sure it is capable of running the Aero display. You will need to have a legitimate copy of Vista, and not just any copy, Vista Basic will not show them at all. You’ll also need a Windows Vista specific video drivers. You’ll need a minimum of 1,800 MB per second of graphics memory bandwidth. Has anyone ever seen such a measurement before? I probably have, but it’s not something you see everyday or we would remember it. Microsoft said a tool would be available to measure it, to make sure your machine is capable of doing it. And you will need lots of graphics memory, a of 1280 by 1024 pixels or less will require 64MB, and for a larger screen, 256MB may be required.

Windows Vista plans to offer you spiffy new graphics, as long as you’re not a pirate.

With the new operating system, Microsoft is offering plenty of new graphics tricks, including translucent windows, animated flips between open programs and “live icons” that show a graphical representation of the file in question.

But before Vista will display its showiest side, known as Aero, it will run a check to make sure the software was properly purchased.

But it’s not just pirates who will be blocked from Windows’ fanciest graphics. The Aero display also won’t be available to those who buy Windows Vista Basic, the low-end consumer version of the operating system. And even those with higher-end versions won’t be able to see the fancy graphics if they don’t have enough memory, lack sufficient graphics horsepower or have a graphics chip that doesn’t support a new Vista driver.

Those Aero requirements are not easily understood by buyers or computer salespeople, said Michael Cherry, an analyst at market research firm Directions on Microsoft. He said, for example, that he has no idea how much memory bandwidth his computer has. “I wouldn’t even know how to begin to measure it.” Source:

Me either Michael. Microsoft did say this was not the final draft and it somehow got posted by mistake.

With the big graphics requirments, this will be limited to home users and gamers probably for awhile, most businesses will not upgrade their pc’s to make it work, they will just wait until it starts showing up on new pc’s and then start dealing with it, much like we did with XP. Although, Windows XP has been the best version of Windows by far for me. I never have any trouble with it.