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What is Windows Vista?

Windows Vista is the next major version of the Windows platform, and the successor to Windows XP.

What are the MINIMUM requirements for Windows Vista?

Microsoft currently suggests the following minimum requirements to run Windows Vista:
800 MHz CPU or Above.
512 MB of RAM
20GB Hard Drive with at least 15GB free space.
DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive.

What are the RECOMMENDED requirements for Windows Vista?

1 GHz Intel Compatible processor
DirectX 9.0 or better Compatible Graphics Processor with at least 128 MB of graphics memory
40GB HD with at least 15GB Free space.

What are the most important new features in Vista for home users?

The new interface, Aero Glass, is the one that users will notice the most. It uses transparent windows, a 3-D task switcher, and animated windows, boosting Windows' visual appeal. The Sidebar, with its Gadgets -- small applets that can automatically grab and display information -- will be a crowd-pleaser as well. The new Network Center, which makes it easier for home users to manage their small wired and wireless networks, is another new addition. New security features that protect against spyware, such as Windows Defender, and new tools built into Internet Explorer are important as well because they will lead to fewer spyware-infested PCs.

Will Windows Vista be more secure than Windows XP?

Windows Vista builds on the security features in Windows XP with Service Pack 2 and Windows 2003 Server with Service Pack 1. It also adds some security improvements that will finally make the Windows platform competitive with Linux and Mac OS X from a security standpoint. Vista will inform users about security and privacy choices so they feel more confident that they are as secure as possible, and that their privacy is protected.

Can I upgrade to Windows Vista from a previous version of Windows?

You must have Windows 2000 or better to install Windows Vista from an upgrade (not a full install) disk. If you have a different OS, or an older version of Windows, you will need to purchase the full install disk for Vista. Windows XP is the only version that can perform an "In-place upgrade", keeping all of your files, programs, and documents. Windows 2000 will require a "Clean install", which means you will have to back-up all of your documents, programs, and files, and reinstall them after you install Vista using the Vista upgrade disk. Microsoft recommends using the "Windows Easy Transfer" to back-up your files.

I'm having trouble running the Vista Readiness Test. Is there anything I can do?

Go to following page before running the Vista Readiness Test:
Enable the checkbox titled "Skip I/O Chipset detection", then rerun the scan. If that does not work, try checking other options in the settings page titled "Skip the hardware PCI bus scan", then "Skip WMI detection (for laptop model and serial number)". These checkboxes disable parts of the scan that can cause issues with certain computers.

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