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Combining the Worlds Best Engineered PC’s with Windows Vista® gives you an incredibly powerful tool! Refer to the following information to ensure your new Lenovo PC will give you the best Windows Vista experience possible, including advanced features like Windows Aero™. You can also try out the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor Beta to check your current system to see if it is Windows Vista capable.

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Requirements to support premium Windows Vista features
For an even better Windows Vista experience including the Windows Aero user interface, a PC should meet or exceed these requirements:
  •  1 GHz x86 or x64 processor2
  •  1 GB system memory
  •  A graphics processor that runs Windows Aero1
  •  A 40 GB hard drive with 15 GB of free space
  •  A DVD-ROM drive3
  •  Audio output capability
  •  Internet access capability


(1) Windows Aero™ requires:
  a.  Direct X 9 class graphics processor that:
  •  supports a WDDM Driver
  •  supports Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
  •  supports 32 bits per pixel
  b.  Adequate graphics memory:
  •  64 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at 1,310,720 pixels or less
  •  128 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions 2,304,000 pixels or less
  •  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

(2) 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.

(3) A DVD-ROM may be external (not integral, not built into the system)


Requirements to support basic Windows Vista features

PCs that meet the following specifications will run the core Windows Vista experiences at a minimum:
  •  800MHz x86 or x64 central processor
  •  512MB of system memory
  •  DirectX 9-Capable graphics processor with 32MB of video RAM

Microsoft maintains a Windows Vista Web site with detailed information on system requirements and other information about Windows Vista.
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1.  Windows Aero, Windows Flip 3D navigation, Scheduled and Network Backup, Windows Meeting Space, and Tablet Technology are available in Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, and Windows Vista Ultimate.
2.  Windows Media Center is available in Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate. TV playback and recording features require an integrated or external USB TV tuner. Supports up to two TV tuners in all supported regions subject to Windows Vista compatibility with local TV standards; additional DTV/HDTV tuner support is available in the United States and South Korea with compatible hardware. To enjoy all the benefits of Windows Media Center, Internet access is recommended; for some features, such as the Microsoft Electronic Programming Guide, it is required. Internet service provider subscription or other service fees may apply. Microsoft Electronic Programming Guide is not available in all regions or countries. DVD burning, TV features, and remote control support may vary by manufacturer and/or require additional purchases. Support for the Media Center Extender or Xbox 360 will require a wired or wireless home network and additional compatible networking equipment.
3.  Windows DVD Maker, HD support for Windows Movie Maker, Chess Titans, and Mahjong Titans are available in Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate.
4.  Additional compatible networking equipment may be required to set up or access a wired or wireless home network.
5.  Internet service provider subscription or other service fees may apply.
6.  Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption and Complete PC Backup and Restore are available in Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate.