Vista is a hefty, hefty beast

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How to Set Up Your New Windows Computer

A brand-new Windows PC, fully updated and unsullied by crapware, is a wonderful thing. Sadly, very few people ever get to experience it—but you can!

A friend called me this morning because he was going computer shopping, so I was looking up the minimum system requirements for Vista. And quite frankly, they are pretty hefty. My laptop is two years old (I’m big on efficiency, not the cutting edge), and I felt like I was going overboard getting 1 GB of RAM. But 1 GB is the minimum required to run Vista Home Premium. You need half that for Home Basic, but Home Basic doesn’t have any of the sexy Aero features which is the main reason to upgrade.

So I don’t plan to upgrade any time soon. Like most people seem to be recommending, I will wait until I need a new computer. Although as things stand now, I would probably get a Mac, anyway, and run Windows through Parallels if I really needed any of my old software.

Update: You can now pre-order your upgrade to Windows 7.

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