What is a Windows Vista Capable PC ?

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A new PC that carries the Windows Vista Capable PC logo can run Windows Vista. All editions of Windows Vista will deliver core experiences such as innovations in organizing and finding information, security, and reliability. All Windows Vista Capable PCs will run these core experiences at a minimum. Some features available in the premium editions of Windows Vista—like the new Windows Aero user experience—may require advanced or additional hardware.

A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:
A modern processor (at least 800MHz)
512 MB of system memory
A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable

Minimum supported system requirements
PCs that meet the minimum supported system requirements will be able to run the core features of Windows Vista with the basic user experience.
Windows Vista Minimum Supported System Requirements

Processor 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor1
System Memory 512 MB
GPU SVGA (800x600)
Graphics Memory  -
HDD  20 GB HDD Free Space 15 GB 
Optical Drive  CD-ROM drive2
Audio -
Internet -

1 Processor speed is specified as the nominal operational processor frequency for the device. Some processors have power management which allows the processor to run at a lower rate to save power.
2 The CD-ROM may be external (not integral, not built into the system).

Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs
To get an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience, ask for a Windows Vista Capable PC that is designated Premium Ready, or choose a PC that meets or exceeds the Premium Ready requirements described below. Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware.

A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:

Processor 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
System Memory 1 GB of system memory
GPU Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver,
Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
Graphics Memory  128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
HDD  40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space
Optical Drive  DVD-ROM Drive
Audio Audio output capability.
Internet  Internet access capability.

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