Will Your Vista PC Be Windows 7 Ready?

This week my wife and I are visiting family in Texas and last night my son-in-law asked a simple question. If you buy a Vista computer today will it run Windows 7 ? Hmm….. Interesting question and my answer was that it should. But than I gave it some thought this morning and my answer should of been I am not sure. Here’s why.

Anytime Microsoft releases a new operating system, they come out with the minimum specifications that the new OS needs to run properly. In my experience these specifications are, shall we say, a tad bit on the wishful thinking side. Most of us are aware that these specifications are so minimum that you are lucky if the computer even starts. We have learned that we usually need a lot more horsepower to have our systems run satisfactorily.

When Vista was first released Microsoft and the OEM’s played another wishful thinking game using stickers proclaiming a system was ‘Vista Capable’ or ‘Vista Ready’. Take a look at this site from Microsoft here. They list a Vista Capable PC with these specifications:

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.

A Vista Ready PC as:

A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor¹).
  • 1 GB of system memory.
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)², Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
  • 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
  • DVD-ROM Drive³.
  • Audio output capability.
  • Internet access capability.

I believe the thinking goes that the Capable specifications are meant for Windows Vista Basic only. Also a 1GHz processor with 1G of RAM may work for Vista Home Premium but would anyone want to use such a slow system?

Since we now know that Windows 7 will have touch screen abilities and the assumption could be made that it will need more horsepower than Vista, I don’t think anyone can answer the question if Windows 7 will run on a Vista computer. We really won’t know the answer until the first beta’s are released.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.