Windows Vista Capable, But Not Really

If you want a sub par Windows Vista experience, one that is slower than the much older Windows XP, then you can probably stick with Microsoft’s minimum requirements and be happy about it. Me, I’m glad I have a 2 gig machine already, and I actually have some more that I might be able to use, but probably about 1 gig more is all it will recognize, since I will be running the 32 bit version of Windows Vista, or, at least I will be by late next week, as I will be getting my “free” upgrade from Dell this week, according to DHL.

David Short, a consultant who works for IBM, says if you want an optimal setup, he recommends 4 gigs of memory, if you want the best Vista performance. The main reason being Vista’s SuperFetch, which preloads your data and applications according to your past use of the computer, and of course, more memory means more can Vista can use to load programs. If Windows Vista figures out that an application is run at a certain time everyday, it will have it preloaded and ready to run. Even Microsoft has been running demos with machines running 4gigs of Ram, and are actually getting some ooh’s and aah’s from the crowd.

Microsoft may be using PCs loaded with 4GB of RAM for some of its customer demos; At least that’s what Ann Westerheim, president of Ekaru LLC, reports. A Microsoft representative recently demonstrated Vista on a system with 4GB of system memory to some of its customers, and the performance was so impressive that it drew some “ohs and ahs” from the audience, said Westerheim. The Westford, Mass.-based company provides technology services for small and midsize business. Source: Buying a new PC? ‘Windows Vista Capable’ barely hits the mark

This guy isn’t the only one recommending more RAM, Dell says they recommend 2GB of memory, and are REALLY honest in this mention of a desktop they sell that runs Windows Vista.

For instance, Dell offers a Windows Vista Capable configuration that isn’t capable of much, according to what Dell says about it on its Web site: “Great for … Booting the Operating System, without running applications or games.”

Great for booting the OS. I remember the big uproar when Windows XP was first launched, I got a copy pretty early to test it out, and I will say, I didn’t use that for very long after that, it was time for a new computer at work anyway. But it was a lot slower than Windows 98 SE that I had configured. It flied in comparison at first, but after getting new hardware, XP was a little bit quicker, at least for what I was running, nothing heavy. So, I expect the same this time, but I am more prepared with a Dell XPS machine that still flies. I’ll back up all of my data and reload it and run it as my primary machine from now on. I expect a lot of griping about stuff changing, but that is to be expected. People hate change, I know I do.