Yes yes I really mean it, I do love a few things about Windows vista (it would have been too easy to do some more Vista bashing). Take a look at the specs for Vista below taken from the microsoft site:
Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, and Windows Vista Ultimate
|•||1-gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 1-GHz 64-bit (x64) processor|
|•||1 GB of system memory|
|•||Windows Aero-capable graphics card
Note This includes a DirectX 9-class graphics card that supports the following:
|•||128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)|
|•||40-GB hard disk that has 15 GB of free hard disk space (the 15GB of free space provides room for temporary file storage during the install or upgrade.)|
|•||Internal or external DVD drive|
|•||Internet access capability|
|•||Audio output capability|
If you’ve paid attention to the above, you will notice that compared to previous versions of Windows, this time a decent graphics card is required (arguably it angered many users who thought that they could easily move to Vista without investing a cent) since the numerous fading effects need resources; moreover, 1 GB of RAM is required as well. Intentionally or not, Microsoft has given a big boost to the graphics industry which used to be powered only by greedy games – now we also have a greedy OS :).
Given that I’m passionate about good graphics, no wonder I’ll love this. However, with Vista eating 1GB of RAM, we’ll now need a huge amount or memory to quench the thirst of Vista + the ever more realistic 3D games.