Microsoft has finally anounced a date for the release of Windows Vista: Nov. 30.
The beast has also unveiled Windows Vista Enterprise Hardware Planning Guidance, a lovely blather of corporate-speak. Don’t worry, the page includes actual minimum hardware requirements:
800 MHz CPU, 512 MB memory, 20 GB HDD w/15 GB free, CD-ROM
But they really would prefer that you opt for:
1 GHz CPU, 1 GB memory, 40 GB HDD w/15 GB free, DVD-ROM
Now, if you dig up the venerable requirements for Windows XP, you’ll see the baseline is:
233 MHz CPU, 64 MB memory, HDD w/1.5 GB free, CD-ROM
Ahem. Ever tried running XP on a machine thusly equipped? No way. Heck, you need 64MB just for SVCHOST.EXE whatever that is. Unless you have LOTS of free time, the real minima for XP are about the same as those Redmond suggests for Vista, above.
Simple extrapolation suggests a more accurate minimum config for Vista:
2.7 GHz CPU, 4GB memory