Windows Vista™ System Requirements RRS feed

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  • While Microsoft have not officially published requirements for Longhorn this is what we would reccomend as the minimum for a smooth running Windows Vista™ Install, these guidelines will allow you to run DWM (Glass).

    • 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor or higher; 1.6 GHz AMD Athlon/Opteron/Athon 64 /Pentium M
    • Nvidia GeForce FX5200 or higher/ATI Radeon 9500 or higher
    • 512+MB of RAM
    • 8 GB of free hard disk space

    Explorer Performance Tweaks

    Click Start, Run. Type "control folders". Press OK.
    Click the View tab. Modify the settings as shown below.


    • Always show icons, never thumbnails
    • Display the contents of system folders
    • Show hidden files and folders


    • Automatically search for network folders and printers
    • Hide extensions for known file types
    • Use Domain Folder Sharing Wizard

    Click Start, right click on "Computer", and click Properties.
    Click on the Advanced tab. Under Performance, click Settings.
    Uncheck these options:
    Note: None of these options affect DWM functionality.

    • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
    • Fade or slide menus into view
    • Fade or slide tooltips into view
    • Fade out menu items after clicking
    • Show shadows under menus
    • Slide open combo boxes
    • Slide taskbar buttons
    • Use a background image for each folder type

    Close the Performance Options & System Properties dialogs.

    Friday, February 16, 2007 11:18 AM