Getting Ready for Vista

Microsoft Vista is arriving in January… and the last time we checked that was after the holidays. So if you’re planning on buying a new computer or computer game this holiday season, you might want to pay close attention to the logos on the box. ZDnet has a good article about parsing these various Vista-related stickers. Some advice:

• Don’t buy a computer based on a sticker alone.

• “Certified for Windows Vista” means the product has been tested and will deliver a superior experience with a PC running Windows Vista.

• “Works with Windows Vista” means just that. It will work. Maybe not well, but it’ll work.

• The minimum performace for the “Windows Vista Premium Ready PC” is not that amazing. “Apart from the RAM and graphics card requirements, even the Premium Ready spec is pretty low. Don’t use either of these logos as a “performance” guide.” Amen.— MEGHANN MARCO

Windows Vista Logos – what do they all mean? [ZDnet.com]

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  1. Trai_Dep says:

    Minimum Reqs: …let’s not forget the cost of your eternal, DRM-hating soul.

  2. Friends don’t let friends buy Vista.

    The best advice you can give someone buying a new computer is to:

    A. Use Windows XP
    B. Buy a Mac
    C. Learn the wonders of Linux

  3. FLConsumer says:

    I think Nancy Regan said it best — “Just Say No.”

  4. I really have to hand it to Microsoft. They make this computer-operating-system-thingy-buying so simple.

    God forbid they just ship two versions (server and client) of Vista that work with all the computers built in the past several years. Maybe Vista marketing found that Vista customers want things to be more complicated. I dunno.

    It’s like they’re trying to make Apple look good. Why does it have to be so complicated, Microsoft?

  5. Chairman-Meow says:

    I remember when Windows XP first came out, the system requirements stated that it would run on 32mb RAM. While technically true, the wait time while the OS did anything was glacial.

    Unfortunately for us, my mo-ron boss at the time would not allow us to buy extra memory becuase of those system requirements on the side of the box.

  6. Frecklesb says:

    I have seen a Beta of Vista and am not impressed. REMEMBER: Microsoft still bench tests its products on the general public. DO NOT buy Vista for at least three months after its release. At that point, at least 25% of the bugs will be ironed out based on my computer selling experience.

  7. Plasmafire says:

    Thanks for the tip, when I am forced to buy vista three years after it’s released, I will certainly be looking for that label.

  8. Even if you are for some reason eager to hop on the Vista v1.0 bandwagon, is there actually anything different about Vista that requires special hardware?

    I mean, it’s got those fancy 3D interface extensions that you need a somewhat recent graphics card for – but if you don’t have a decent 3D adapter, you can just turn the fancy interface off.

    And that’s… about it. Vista wants a lot of RAM and CPU power, but both are cheap these days. Any current model CPU and a couple of gigabytes of RAM and you’ll have more than enough.

  9. TurgidDahlia says:

    And not to forget that you’re a fool if you buy this software, and a machine to run it on, before the technology is at least a year old.

    Windows XP does everything you need and will continue to do so for a few years yet. Once Vista is more mature it will be worth serious consideration – extensive support will be in place, service packs will have been released (quiet Mac fanboys – the last three iterations of OS-X have been nothing but service packs on top of service packs; the difference between PCs and Macs is that PC users don’t have to pay through the nose for their patches [and, not that it matters, yes i have used and continue to use Macs quite extensively]), games will be around that support DirectX 10 and dual-core, heaps of software, blah blah blah. DO NOT BUY VISTA WHEN IT IS RELEASED.

  10. elmyc says:

    All i have to say is: [www.cnet.com] and bump up the volume :)