For years, computer users heard of a mysterious new operating system from Microsoft, codenamed Longhorn. In 2005 Microsoft officially removed the Longhorn codename and announced the operating System under the official name of Windows Vista.
Boasting new features as compared to its previous predecessors, Windows Vista is an all-in-one technology driven operating system that provides extra security, cross-platform compatibility (support for UNIX environment), encryption technology and secure browsing experience.
Of course, this comes with a little bit setback though.
Due to its sheer massive enhancement to the Windows experience, its minimum hardware requirements is far higher than a normal Windows desktop usage.
And if you’re still using older Windows operating systems, you’re likely to feel the pinch as Microsoft prepares to launch Vista, its latest operating system. While the Vista OS may prove too much for older computers, Microsoft has announced that it will no longer support the Windows 9x code base.
Those who want to stick with Windows 98/SE/ME will be cut off from any further public and technical support for the aging operating systems after July 11, 2006, including all security updates.
The lack of Internet security may force some people to upgrade, and guess which software company benefits in that scenario?
The main concern of Vista is memory. Vista will require at least 1GB of RAM to run Vista properly, plus an additional 512MB if companies plan to use PC virtualization, which allows for running Vista and an legacy OS’s simultaneously. The final specs have not been disclosed, although Microsoft did say that Vista-capable PCs need to pass the current certification requirements for the Designed for Windows XP logo, which means a newer CPU, at least 512MB of memory and a DirectX 9 class graphics processor.
As such, most likely Vista will find its way into the enterprise through new computers being installed, rather than upgrading all of the existing systems. My advice is if your PC is more than halfway through its useful life, or has less than two years of useful life left by the time you are ready to install Vista, you shouldn’t install it.
PS: Useful life is defined as three years for a notebook and four-to-five years for a desktop.