Saturday, January 6, 2007

The Vista Experiences

Experience Windows Vista
Windows AeroWindows Aero

The basic user experience

Unlike prior versions of Windows, Windows Vista provides two distinct user interface experiences: a "basic" experience for entry-level systems, and a more visually dynamic experience called Windows Aero. Both offer a new and intuitive navigation experience that helps you more easily find and organize your applications and files, but Aero goes further by delivering a truly next-generation desktop experience.

Computers running Windows Vista Home Basic or those without the hardware needed to run Windows Aero will use the basic user interface. The basic experience has been updated and streamlined so you can work with your programs and files more easily than in previous versions of Windows. For example:

  • The refined Start menu helps you instantly find and start any program on your PC.
  • New Explorers and supporting features, such as integrated desktop search and Live Icons, help you work with your data in clear and effective ways.
  • The new Details and Preview Panes let you see what your files contain without having to open them.

The Windows Aero experience

Windows Aero builds on the basic Windows Vista user experience and offers Microsoft’s best-designed, highest-performing desktop experience. Using Aero requires a PC with a compatible graphics adapter and running a Premium or Business edition of Windows Vista.

A noticeably new element of the Aero experience is the translucent effect of Aero Glass, featuring dynamic reflections and smooth animations. The glass windows create an open, lightweight environment―and more importantly, help you to better focus on your content, rather than on the surrounding interface.

Two exciting new Aero features, Windows Flip and Windows Flip 3D, provide a new way to confidently manage the windows on your desktop, so you can see them in a new visually striking, yet convenient way. Beyond the new graphics and visual polish, the Windows Aero desktop experience performs as elegantly and professionally as it looks, with smoother window handling, increased graphics stability, and glitch-free visuals. All of which give you a simple, comfortable, and high-quality experience.

Aero features windows that are truly translucent. In addition to giving the desktop a more polished look and feel, the effect of glass allows you to more easily focus on the contents contained within a window, and also provides better context for the surrounding elements on your desktop while you’re working.

Aero Glass

Aero Glass creates a truly translucent window, keeping the focus on your content and helping you to keep track of other windows on your desktop.

Dynamic windows

In Windows Vista, windows are dynamic. When minimized, a window will subtly animate to a specific location on the taskbar, making it easier to locate when you need it later.

Taskbar thumbnails

With Windows Aero, live taskbar thumbnails show you the contents of the windows that are currently open, in the background, or minimized in the taskbar. When you pause your mouse over a window tile on the taskbar, you see the thumbnail of the "live" contents of that window without having to bring it to the forefront of your screen.

Taskbar thumbnails

Thumbnails show you the content contained in minimized windows in your taskbar.

Windows Flip

Windows Flip is an update of the feature known as ALT+TAB in previous versions of Windows. With Aero, Windows Flip shows you live thumbnails of your open windows instead of generic icons, making it easier to identify the window you’re looking for. It even lets you instantly minimize all the windows on your desktop.

Windows Flip

Windows Flip is an update to ALT+TAB that displays open windows as live thumbnails.

Windows Flip 3D

With Aero, Windows Flip 3D creates a view of your open windows in a three-dimensional stack on your desktop. Using the Windows logo+TAB keys, you can flip through the open windows to quickly locate and select the window you want.

Windows Flip 3D

Windows Flip 3D provides the same functionality as ALT+TAB, with the added ability to see all open windows simultaneously, as well as a much larger representation of what is in each window.

Smoother window performance

When using Windows Aero, open windows glide smoothly on your screen when you move or resize them. There are no redraw artifacts, latency, or "tearing" effects that you sometimes see, particularly in windows that display dynamic content such as video. Using Aero will even reduce legacy graphics driver-related problems on your system, giving you an even more confident and stable Windows desktop experience.

Intuitive DesignIntuitive Design

Whether you're using Windows Aero or the basic user interface, the Windows Vista desktop experience provides fast access to the applications and information you want to use. The design of Windows Vista also helps you efficiently navigate across your PC, so you can stay focused on what you want to accomplish.

The Start menu

Often, you know exactly what you're looking for—an application, document, e-mail message, or other type of file—but you can't remember where it is. Using the newly-designed Windows Vista Start menu, you can simply open the Start menu and begin typing in the new Instant Search field found in the lower-left corner. As you type a word or phrase associated with what you're looking for, Windows Vista searches the file names, the file properties (called metadata), and even the information within your files themselves, instantly and dynamically displaying the matching results. The Start menu can search for applications, documents, music, movies, e-mail messages, calendar events, and even your contacts. If it's on your PC, the Windows Vista Start menu can find it!

Start menu Instant Search

To find the Calculator application, you need only start typing within the integrated Instant Search box and you instantly see an organized view of all the matching files and applications. The system automatically selects the closest match, so all you need to do is press the ENTER key to launch the application or file.

The Start menu also makes it fast and easy to view and navigate all of the applications installed on your PC. The All Programs view eliminates the cascading menus from Windows XP. This new view instantly populates, and features a nested folder view that takes up less screen space, making it easier to navigate to the application that you want to use.

Windows XP Start menu with cascading menus

The Windows XP Start menu requires you to go through cascading menus to start an application.

Windows Vista Start menu

The Windows Vista Start menu provides a nested view that enables you to quickly find and start the application you're looking for.

Windows Vista Explorers

In Windows Vista, Explorers are the main tool for finding, viewing, and managing information and resources, including documents, photos, devices, Internet content, and even system settings in the Control Panel. By providing a consistent visual and functional experience, the Windows Vista Explorers are designed to empower you to better manage your information, with optimal flexibility and control. This is accomplished by streamlining the menus, toolbars, navigation, and task and Details Panes into a single interface that is consistent across all of Windows Vista.

Windows Vista Explorer

In Windows Vista, Explorers include a navigation pane that contains both traditional folders and the new Search Folders; a command bar that displays contextually relevant tasks; an always-available Instant Search box; live icons of each file; and a Details Pane, which provides detailed information about your files.

Navigation Pane and Search Folders
The Navigation Pane in each Explorer has been redesigned to make it simpler to navigate across your PC and quickly find what you're looking for. The default view of the Navigation Pane is a series of quick links that take you to your Documents Explorer, Pictures Explorer, or Music Explorer. There is also a Searches link that lets you see all of the Search Folders on your PC.

A traditional folder and its contents have specific addresses on your hard drive. In contrast, a Search Folder is really a saved search that runs instantly the moment you click it. Search Folders can automatically organize your files logically, without moving the files on your computer. This makes it easy for you to view your files in many different ways without actually having to worry about where your files are stored on your PC. If you prefer the traditional, folder/tree-based view in the Navigation Pane, you can simply select the folder control found at the bottom of the pane.

Navigation Pane and folders

The Navigation Pane contains both traditional folders and the new Search Folders unique to Windows Vista.

Command bar
The new command bar displays tasks that are relevant to the files displayed in a given Explorer. For example, the Documents Explorer contains command bar tasks that are relevant to documents, while the Music Explorer contains command bar tasks relevant to music files. Unlike Windows Explorer in Windows XP, both the command bar and the navigation pane are available simultaneously—eliminating the need to switch between the two.

Explorer window and command bar tasks

The command bar shows tasks relevant to the files being displayed.

Live Icons
New, scalable Live Icons in Windows Vista greatly improve on the generic system icons found in earlier versions of Windows. For applications that have this feature enabled, Live Icons provide you with a preview of the actual contents in a specific file—including documents, photos, graphics, and videos—without actually opening the file. This added visualization of your files will help you work more efficiently, confidently, and productively, since you'll know what's in a file before you open it.

Live Icons

Live Icons display thumbnails of the contents of each file.

Details Pane
For any selected file, Windows Vista displays a rich set of the file's properties in the Details Pane. With the Details Pane, you no longer need to right-click on a file to open the Properties dialog box. Instead, the basic file properties are always visible in the Details Pane found in each Explorer.

Details Pane

The Details Pane contains basic information about a selected file. The information related to your file can also be easily edited in the Details Pane itself.

Preview Pane
Some Explorers, such as the Documents, Music, or Pictures Explorer, provide an even richer way to preview the contents of documents and media files without opening them. For applications and supporting file formats that have this feature enabled, the rich Details Pane can provide a quick way to "preview" your file without opening it in its associated application. For example, when Microsoft Office 2007 is installed on a PC, using the Documents Explorer you can read the contents of a document, spreadsheet, or presentation without actually opening it.

Preview Pane in Documents Explorer

The Preview Pane in Documents Explorer provides you with a clear preview of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations without having to open them when you have Microsoft Office 2007 installed.

Improved productivityImproved productivity

With both the Windows Vista basic interface and Windows Aero, you can quickly find and organize the information on your desktop, helping to keep you on track and raising your level of productivity. With the innovative storage system of Windows Vista, you can now "tag" your files with properties that are relevant to how you think about those files. You can then run more targeted searches and create personalized views of the search results without worrying about where the files are stored on your PC.

Search Folders

New to Windows Vista are Search Folders, which are searches that run instantly when you click them. Windows Vista comes with several preconfigured Search Folders, like Recent Documents―which instantly shows you all the recently used documents on your computer―and All Attachments, which shows you all the files on your computer that are e-mail attachments.

Search Folders

New to Windows Vista, Search Folders collect all your related files into preconfigured folders or custom folders that you create.

You can also create and save your own Search Folders. For example, you could design a search for all documents authored by "John" that contain the word "project" somewhere within them. You can then save this search, titled "John Project," directly to the Document Explorer as a Search Folder. Now, any time you click this saved Search Folder, the search runs and the view is populated with the results in a split second. As you add files to your computer that are authored by "John" and contain the word "project," they will automatically show up in the saved Search Folder, regardless of where those files are located on your PC.

Instant Search

With a new tool in Windows Vista called Instant Search, you're never more than a few keystrokes away from whatever you're looking for. Instant Search is integrated throughout Windows Vista, so all you have to do is type a file name, a keyword, or even text contained within a file into an Instant Search field to see fast, pinpointed, organized results. Instant Search is also contextual-it optimizes its results based on your current activity, whether it's searching for applets in the Control Panel, for music files in Windows Media Player, or searching all your files and applications in the Start menu.

The Instant Search field with a search term in it and the Instant Search results

Instant Search boxes help you find what you need when you need it.

From the Start menu
Instant Search is located on the Windows Vista Start menu, so you can find practically anything on your PC with as-fast-as-you-can-type performance. To find a specific file, e-mail message, contact, event, application, or Internet Favorite, simply open the Start menu and begin typing in the Instant Search field. As you type, Windows Vista instantly finds and displays matching items, whether they are applications, Internet Favorites, documents, media, contacts, calendar events, or e-mail messages.

Instant Search on the Start menu

Search your entire computer with Instant Search found in the new Start menu.

From within Explorers and the Control Panel
Instant Search is featured prominently in the upper-right corner of every Explorer, including Documents Explorer, Music Explorer, Pictures Explorer, and the new Search Explorer. Just as on the Start menu, you just have to type a few letters before the most relevant results are quickly displayed. If the results aren't what you're looking for, Instant Search also provides easy access to tools that can help you design more specific searches, or you can search the Internet using your search provider of choice.

Instant Search also appears in the upper-right corner of the Control Panel in Windows Vista. Type a word or phrase associated with the task you want to accomplish, and the Control Panel will filter down to the most relevant choices available to complete the task. For example, typing "change screen resolution" into the Instant Search field will quickly display all controls related to changing the resolution of your monitor.

Instant Search in the Control Panel

By using Instant Search in the Control Panel, you can search for information related to a task that you need to accomplish, such as "changing screen resolution," "adding a printer," or "connecting to the Internet."

You'll also find Instant Search in the new Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Media Player. Anywhere you see the search field, just start typing, and you'll easily find what you're looking for quickly, consistently, and within the context of where you're searching.

Instant Search in Windows Media Player

Using Instant Search in Windows Media Player will return organized results related to your music and video files.

Advanced Search Pane

For more detailed searches within an Explorer, you can use the advanced filter pane to design a search with multiple search criteria.

Advanced filter pane

With the advanced Search Pane, you can add multiple criteria to your searches.

For example, you can choose to search a specific location or for a particular content type, such as documents, e-mail messages, or media. You can also add additional filters, including keywords and date ranges. When you've designed a particularly useful search, it's easy to save it as a new Search Folder so later you can instantly repeat that search just by clicking on it.

If you connect external, stand-alone hard drives to your Windows Vista-based PC for storage, backup, or archival purposes, the contents of these drives can also be displayed in your search results. Simply add the hard drives to your search index, and when you create a new Search Folder, the contents of the drives will be included in your results.

External hard drives and a monitor

You can add external hard drives to your search index so that all of your searches include results from the content stored on these drives.

Personalized views of your files

The powerful Explorers in Windows Vista extend the benefits of desktop searches to the next level by combining instant searches and the ability to automatically organize content based on file properties like file names, file types, author, or descriptive keywords (or "tags") that you can associate with your files.

For example, if you want to see all of your documents organized by author, the Documents Explorer can help you search your PC and automatically arrange all documents according to who authored them. Or, if you prefer to see files arranged by type—documents, spreadsheets, or presentations—the Documents Explorer can instantly sort and display the results this way as well.

Document Explorer displaying files alphabetically and by group

This Document Explorer view shows files sorted alphabetically by file name and grouped by who created them.

Music Explorer displaying albums by type and showing album art

This Music Explorer view shows the album art as well as the name of the album.

The real power of these new features is that they allow you to organize and view your files in countless, flexible ways. For example, you may have a photo from your vacation, taken at a zoo, with a tiger in it. With Windows XP, you store that photo in a specific place on your PC-maybe a folder titled "Vacation." With Windows Vista, you can tag that photo with three keywords: Vacation, Zoo, and Tiger. Later, you can easily locate this photo by using any of those tags. More importantly, typing a keyword like "Tiger" in the search field will not only yield that one photo, but will generate a dynamic view of all the photos that have been tagged with the Tiger keyword-no matter where they are on your PC. Typing "Zoo" in the search field gives you a view of that same picture, this time alongside all the other Zoo-tagged pictures you may have previously taken.

Photo Explorer displaying images

Using the Photos Explorer in Windows Vista, you can search for specific photos using keywords (tags) that you add to your images describing the scene.

Enhanced column header controls

Enhanced column header controls take advantage of the extensive use of file properties in Windows Vista. With the enhanced column header controls, you can more easily manage the large numbers of files that may be shown in an Explorer or within your Search Results. The new column header controls have drop-down menus, which can display all of the values across any of the columns of information associated with your files.

Enhanced column header controls

Enhanced column header controls enable you to customize the view of your content in Windows Vista Explorers.

For example, choosing the Type column header control will display a list of all the different types of files in your folder. Using simple check boxes, you can choose only files of the specific type you want to see. Selecting HTML Document and XLS File types will filter out all of the other file types on the screen leaving only those files that are HTML Documents or spreadsheets.

Stack and Group By views

The new column header controls also feature two new views that you can use to browse your content. The Stack view displays your content stacked by the values in a specific column. For example, if you select the Authors column header and choose to stack by author, all of your files currently in view will automatically be rearranged into stacks organized by the author's name.

Stack view

The Stack view displays your files stacked by a specific value associated with your files, such as author name, date, application, or keyword.

These stacks behave like traditional folders, so you can click to open them and see all of the items located in that stack. Unlike traditional folders, however, stacks have no physical location on your computer. In a sense, they are virtual views of your content. More importantly, if a file has two authors (for example, a document was authored by Tim and Paul), that file is included the stacks for both Tim and Paul, providing you with the ultimate flexibility in how you find and organize your files.

The Group By view is similar to the Stack view, but it takes the content files and places them into groups according to the values of a particular column header. Grouping your files by author will give you a more granular view of which documents belong to which author.

Group By view

The Group By view displays your files in groups according to the values of a particular column header.

Tagging your files

The powerful new search and organization features in Windows Vista make extensive use of the properties (called metadata or keywords) associated with the files you store on your PC to provide you with dynamic ways to view your content. These properties can include things like the date a file was created, the author of a file, names of people who appear in a photo, or the application that was used to create the file.

For example, Microsoft Office automatically saves certain information on documents that you create, such as your name and the date the document was created. When you add music to your PC, information such as song name, album, and artist are added to the actual music file. With Windows Vista, some of the most useful pieces of information are the keywords that you apply to your saved files. Tagging your files with keywords is fast and easy, and can be applied to a single file or to a group of files all at once.

Adding tags using the Details Pane

To easily add a property to a file, select the file and click the Edit link in the Details Pane. This opens the Properties dialog box, where you can easily add or edit file properties. Many of the entry fields in this box support auto-completion, making it even easier to add properties. You can also tag an entire group of files at once―just select multiple files and add a property to the Properties dialog box. And if you want to make sure that no one sees your personalized properties and keywords when you e-mail a file or post a file to a website, Windows Vista includes a cleaning tool that helps you erase those properties from the file quickly and easily.

Details Pane Edit link

By clicking the Edit link in the Details Pane, you can use the Properties dialog box to easily add or edit the file properties.

Adding tags when opening or saving a file

Windows Vista features a new, common file dialog box for opening and saving files. With applications that use this control, like Office 2007, you can use all of the innovative new searching and tagging features when you open and save files. To add properties when saving a file, simply enter the properties directly into the Details Pane and they are automatically added to the file as you save it.

Common file dialog box

With applications that use the common file dialog box, you can tag your files when you open or save them.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

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Salient of the Media Briefing

Addressing the Media Briefing today (02), Defence Spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the SLMM has closed down 07 offices in conflict areas and have returned to Colombo. Subsequently, the Peace Secretariat had called for an explanation from them. The Defence Spokesman dealt with the following.

SLMM Action
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) suddenly closed down 07 of their offices in the conflict areas and returned to Colombo, without any intimation to the government.

The Defence Spokesman emphasized that the SLMM's act contravenes the provision of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA). He expressed surprise that the SLMM did not have the common courtesy to inform the government of their decision. The provisions in the CFA are laid down the procedure of how a party could deviate from the MOU. The provisions of the CFA clearly indicate that both parties are responsible for the safety of SLMM members. They explained that their duty was to inquire into minor incidents like cattle-lifting and not inquire into major incidents. On the contrary, the SLMM rushed to Sencholai scene which was highlighted as a major incident. SLMM act has to be condemned in terms of the provisions of the CFA and in terms of natural justice and common courtesy. Further, they admitted that they did not follow the normal procedure. The SLMM has said that claymore mine and landmine explosions are a threat to their lives. It is the LTTE that specializes in those weapons. So the implication is that they left because of the escalation of violence by the LTTE. The unfortunate result is that the SLMM created a conducive and advantageous environment for child recruitment. The intelligence sources say mass scale child recruitment has begun. The government will apprise the Co-Chairs of this development and its repercussions.

Jordan Ship
The government will facilitate the rescue of the ship. A terrorist organization, for that matter, any organization has no authority to negotiate with a foreign government. It is a clear case of sea piracy. We are awaiting the response from insurance companies and the moment we receive it we will take appropriate action.

Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe
Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said today (02 January) morning tiger terrorists attacked Army camp at 5.45 a.m. and 6.45 a.m. The Army retaliated but no casualties have been reported at 9.30 a.m. in Vavuniya, a claymore mine exploded, injuring two Policemen. He said about 30,000 displaced persons have escaped from un-cleared areas to Valaichchennai. Between 8000-9000 refugees are yet to enter the cleared areas but the LTTE cadres are preventing them. In Thoppigala, the LTTE has increased their strength. On January 01, LTTE fired mortars and artillery from Thoppigala. The Security Forces have consolidated their positions in Trincomalee South. In Jaffna, the use of mobile telephones is allowed: From today, 24 hour electricity supply is provided. Civilian aircraft are flying to Jaffna.

Very soon the Security Forces will facilitate resettlement of displaced families who opt to return home.

Court Martial
One Military Officer out of the three arrested is being court martialled and if found guilty will be given the maximum punishment. The CID and military authorities are investigating the cases of other two officers.

Group Captain Ajantha de Silva
Group Captain Ajantha de Silva, said Sri Lanka Air Force made two air strikes, one on a sea tiger base off Mannar at 9.30 a.m. causing heavy damages. The LTTE communication channels reveal they have requested medical supplies and vehicles. The other air strike was on a tiger camp in Panichchankerni at 10.20 a.m. Both were targets identified accurately.

Mr. Laxman Hulugalla, Director General, MCNS also participated.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Disney's Chicken Little : Official Game of the movie

this Game is for player Under 14 years of old this game has more advanced gaming detailed grafix and much more.

These are the Characters

Chicken Little

Chicken Little’s life hasn’t been the same since that unfortunate "sky falling incident." He’s plucky, determined and pretty inventive at dealing with the challenges the world hands you when you’re particularly small. Chicken Little seems obsessed with finding an opportunity - a great moment - to prove to everyone that he’s something more than that silly little hysterical chicken who thought that the sky was falling.

Buck Cluck

Chicken Little’s father, Buck Cluck is a loving parent trying his very best to help his only son find his way. He will provide words of wisdom to guide him on his adventure.


Fish-out-of-Water has an amazing knack for being there at the right time with just the right thing. His friends seem to have no problems understanding his glubs, but there's no knowing how much he understands about what’s really going on. Somehow he always comes through, even if it’s only to offer a hug


Runt is a loveable and insecure giant pig with some fairly serious body image problems. Even though he’s huge, he thinks of himself as a “wee little pig.” Runt experiences large emotional swings and seems to be a classic nervous eater.

Abby Mallard

Abby Mallard is Chicken Little’s best friend. She’s obsessed with Teen Duck magazine and has some pretty good advice for Chicken Little based on all the quizzes she’s taken and articles she’s read. She doesn’t always agree with Chicken Little's big plans, but stays positive, supportive. and is always ready to put up a fight in support of her friends.

Foxy Loxy

Foxy is a sports star and the town darling. She’s also Chicken Little’s main nemesis and delights in tormenting him about that fateful day when he mistakenly thought the sky was falling. She loves the image of being just the sweetest person around, while assigning her bullying tasks to her not so bright sidekick, Goosey Loosey.

Goosey Loosey

Goosey is well…not too bright. Her status in life seems completely dependent on hanging around with Foxy. She doesn’t speak, but rather communicates in flailing motions and a variety of crazy honks. Left on her own, she’s not a bad goose, she’s just hanging out with the wrong crowd.

Mayor Turkey Lurkey

Mayor Lurkey is your typical politician...he likes to be on the winning side at all times. He flip flops from thinking Chicken Little is the worst thing to ever hit the town, to the best hope for the future of Oakey Oaks, and then back again to the absolute worst thing. In the end, he might have a thing or two to learn about what a very small chicken is capable of doing.

Minimum Requirements

Microsoft® Windows® XP

Pentium™ 4 class processor 1.4 GHz


600 MB free hard disk space

8X speed DVD-ROM drive

16-bit DirectX™ 9-compatible sound card

64MB DirectX™ 9-compatible video card, 32-bit color (NVIDIA GeForce 3 or equivalent)

DirectX 9.0c (included)

Joystick or Gamepad (optional)

Recommended Requirements

Microsoft® Windows® XP

Pentium™ 4 class processor 2.2 GHz


1500 MB free hard disk space

16X speed DVD-ROM drive

24-bit DirectX™ 9-compatible sound card

256MB DirectX™ 9-compatible video card, 32-bit color (NVIDIA GeForce FX)

DirectX 9.0c (included)

Joystick or Gamepad (optional)

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Get Redy Microsoft Windows Vista

Windows Vista Capable and Premium Ready PCs

Choose a Windows Vista Capable or Premium Ready PC for the Windows Vista edition that's right for you.

Are you looking to buy a Windows XP-based computer today but want to make sure that it can run Windows Vista? There's no need to wait. When you buy a new PC that carries the Windows Vista Capable or Premium Ready PC designation, you’ll be able to upgrade to one of the editions of Windows Vista while taking advantage of all the opportunities offered by Windows XP today.
What is a Windows Vista Capable PC?

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 800MHz1).
* 512 MB of system memory.
* A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.

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:

* 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor1.
* 1 GB of system memory.
* A graphics processor that runs Windows Aero2.
* 128 MB of graphics memory.
* 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
* DVD-ROM Drive3.
* Audio output capability.
* Internet access capability.

Read all of the Windows Vista Capable footnotes.

Review the Windows Vista minimum supported system requirements.

Windows Marketplace has a selection of Windows Vista Capable and Premium Ready PCs that are available today.

Windows Vista enterprise hardware planning guidance is available on TechNet.
Can the Windows Vista experience vary on different PCs?

Yes. Windows Vista is the first Windows operating system with a user experience that adapts to take advantage of the capabilities of the hardware on which it is installed.

All Windows Vista Capable PCs will be able to run at least the core experiences of Windows Vista.

All Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs can deliver even better Windows Vista experiences, including the new Windows Aero user experience.
Does buying a Windows Vista Capable PC mean that I will receive a free upgrade to Windows Vista?

No. A PC that is Windows Vista Capable or Premium Ready means that the PC is ready for an upgrade from Windows XP. You would still need to purchase the edition of Windows Vista that you want to install on your Windows Vista Capable or Premium Ready PC.

Feature-specific requirements

Some of the features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista require additional hardware. Listed below are the feature-specific requirements that you will need to take into consideration when choosing to run these features.


Applicable Editions
TV Tuning

A TV tuner card and a remote control which complies with the Windows Vista Remote Control Specification are required for TV functionality and an optimal TV viewing experience. 1 GB of system memory is recommended for best Media Center performance.

Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate
BitLocker Drive Encryption

Requires an integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 chip or USB 2.0 key

Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Enterprise
Tablet PC Features

These features require a PC which meets the Tablet PC specification that includes an electromagnetic digitizer pen.

Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise

Windows Vista Capable and Premium Ready footnotes

* 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 lower rate to save power.
* Windows Aero requires:
o DirectX 9 class graphics processor that:
+ Supports a WDDM Driver.
+ Supports Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware.
+ Supports 32 bits per pixel.
o Adequate graphics memory.
+ 64 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor less than 1,310,720 pixels
+ 128 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions from 1,310,720 to 2,304,000 pixels
+ 256 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions higher than 2,304,000 pixels
+ Meets graphics memory bandwidth requirements, as assessed by Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor running on Windows XP
* A DVD-ROM may be external (not integral, not built into the system).