Microsoft dishes out advice to wannabe Vista PCs

Before you get all excited about getting Vista’s 3D interface on your PC, you’d better check with Microsoft’s new Upgrade Advisor to see which compute

Before you get all excited about getting Vista’s 3D interface on your PC, you’d better check with Microsoft’s new Upgrade Advisor to see which computers will make the grade because some, poor dears, are going to end up on the Vista-less slag heap.

It turns out that computers will have to be pretty darn powerful to handle the demands of the new version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

So, if you’re not sure whether your computer is the sort of eligible bachelor to meet Lady Vista’s lofty demands, you can run the Advisor’s beta application to see if your humble PC could manage.

You’ll get a report on how compatible your computer is, advice outlining the basic specs you’ll need to run Vista, and tips on how to upgrade your PC for Vista’s arrival and get the most from her fancier offerings.

There are ‘minimum’ and ‘recommended’ specifications. With the former, the system will run, but not on all cylinders. For example, the 3D interface, Aero (pictured above), will only be available to those who have a memory-laden graphics card.

If your PC fails the test and you’re not a particularly loyal owner, there’ll be a flush of PCs on the market as Microsoft gears up to launch, which is currently set for January 2007.

You can take the test now by clicking here.

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