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AERO minimum requirements.

  1. #1


    Retired Guest

    AERO minimum requirements.

    What are the minimum hardware requirements for Aero? My system has 512 MB of
    RAM, is running at 950 MHZ, and has 65 MB of onboard memory on my graphics
    card. Thank you.



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  2. #2


    Iuvenalis Guest

    Re: AERO minimum requirements.

    "Retired" <retired@my.hom> wrote in message
    news:egBPTePiHHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > What are the minimum hardware requirements for Aero? My system has 512 MB
    > of RAM, is running at 950 MHZ, and has 65 MB of onboard memory on my
    > graphics card. Thank you.
    >



    I enabled it on an old laptop with 512mb ram & it ran dog slow.
    That was with 128mb of video memory.



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  3. #3


    Mike Brannigan Guest

    Re: AERO minimum requirements.

    "Retired" <retired@my.hom> wrote in message
    news:egBPTePiHHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > What are the minimum hardware requirements for Aero? My system has 512 MB
    > of RAM, is running at 950 MHZ, and has 65 MB of onboard memory on my
    > graphics card. Thank you.
    >


    Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs
    Some Windows Vista Capable PCs have been designated Premium Ready. These PCs
    will provide an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows
    Aero user experience.

    see Premium spec at
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...e/capable.mspx
    You do not meet it.

    --

    Mike Brannigan


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  4. #4


    Top Poster Guest

    Re: AERO minimum requirements.


    "Mike Brannigan" <Mike.Brannigan@localhost> wrote in message
    news:BB7F88B1-14D0-43DB-9E23-08A61D1FC36F@microsoft.com...
    > "Retired" <retired@my.hom> wrote in message
    > news:egBPTePiHHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> What are the minimum hardware requirements for Aero? My system has 512 MB
    >> of RAM, is running at 950 MHZ, and has 65 MB of onboard memory on my
    >> graphics card. Thank you.
    >>

    >
    > Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs
    > Some Windows Vista Capable PCs have been designated Premium Ready. These
    > PCs will provide an even better Windows Vista experience, including the
    > Windows Aero user experience.
    >
    > see Premium spec at
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...e/capable.mspx
    > You do not meet it.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Mike Brannigan


    He asked for the minimum spec?

    A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:


    a.. A modern processor (at least 800MHz¹).

    b.. 512 MB of system memory.

    c.. A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.



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  5. #5


    Robert Firth Guest

    Re: AERO minimum requirements.

    You need 64mb dedicated graphics memory or more (128+ mb recommended),
    DirectX9
    Pixel Shader 2.0 support

    I think that is about it for the graphics card.

    Robert Firth
    http://www.winvistainfo.org

    "Top Poster" <thatsme!> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Mike Brannigan" <Mike.Brannigan@localhost> wrote in message
    > news:BB7F88B1-14D0-43DB-9E23-08A61D1FC36F@microsoft.com...
    >> "Retired" <retired@my.hom> wrote in message
    >> news:egBPTePiHHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> What are the minimum hardware requirements for Aero? My system has 512
    >>> MB of RAM, is running at 950 MHZ, and has 65 MB of onboard memory on my
    >>> graphics card. Thank you.
    >>>

    >>
    >> Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs
    >> Some Windows Vista Capable PCs have been designated Premium Ready. These
    >> PCs will provide an even better Windows Vista experience, including the
    >> Windows Aero user experience.
    >>
    >> see Premium spec at
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...e/capable.mspx
    >> You do not meet it.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Mike Brannigan

    >
    > He asked for the minimum spec?
    >
    > A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:
    >
    >
    > a.. A modern processor (at least 800MHz¹).
    >
    > b.. 512 MB of system memory.
    >
    > c.. A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.
    >
    >



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  6. #6


    Retired Guest

    Re: AERO minimum requirements.

    Thanks Everyone. The reason I asked is because all of the features of Vista
    (I installed Vista Home Premium) work except for AERO.

    "Retired" <retired@my.hom> wrote in message
    news:egBPTePiHHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > What are the minimum hardware requirements for Aero? My system has 512 MB
    > of RAM, is running at 950 MHZ, and has 65 MB of onboard memory on my
    > graphics card. Thank you.
    >




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  7. #7


    Lang Murphy Guest

    Re: AERO minimum requirements.

    "Retired" <retired@my.hom> wrote in message
    news:egBPTePiHHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > What are the minimum hardware requirements for Aero? My system has 512 MB
    > of RAM, is running at 950 MHZ, and has 65 MB of onboard memory on my
    > graphics card. Thank you.
    >



    I see others have posted links to Aero minimum reqs.. so...

    Assuming you have a WDDM video driver...

    I had one of the Vista betas installed on a laptop with 512MB RAM and 64MB
    Video RAM (I think it was 32MB dedicated and 32MB shared system RAM) and I
    got Aero working with a combo of reg hacks and cmd line commands...

    (I'd make note of the current settings before changing them in case
    something blows up. You could export the DWM reg key as a backup. And maybe
    create a system restore point before trying this... just in case...)

    1) Ensure that you have the following registry values set to:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
    "Composition"=dword:00000001
    "CompositionPolicy"=dword:00000002
    "ColorizationOpaqueBlend"=dword:00000001

    2) Restart DWM by opening a command prompt with administrative privileges:
    Type 'net stop uxsms'
    Then 'net start uxsms'

    To be honest, though... that's a borderline config for Vista. Especially the
    512MB's RAM. And is the "onboard" video memory "dedicated" or "system
    shared?" If the latter, that's taking away from your 512MB of system RAM.

    Good luck!

    Lang


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  8. #8


    Retired Guest

    Re: AERO minimum requirements.


    "Lang Murphy" <lang_murphy@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:8FB9335C-CAD7-4343-9E78-780220ECFC32@microsoft.com...
    > "Retired" <retired@my.hom> wrote in message
    > news:egBPTePiHHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> What are the minimum hardware requirements for Aero? My system has 512 MB
    >> of RAM, is running at 950 MHZ, and has 65 MB of onboard memory on my
    >> graphics card. Thank you.
    >>

    >
    >
    > I see others have posted links to Aero minimum reqs.. so...
    >
    > Assuming you have a WDDM video driver...
    >
    > I had one of the Vista betas installed on a laptop with 512MB RAM and 64MB
    > Video RAM (I think it was 32MB dedicated and 32MB shared system RAM) and I
    > got Aero working with a combo of reg hacks and cmd line commands...
    >
    > (I'd make note of the current settings before changing them in case
    > something blows up. You could export the DWM reg key as a backup. And
    > maybe create a system restore point before trying this... just in case...)
    >
    > 1) Ensure that you have the following registry values set to:
    > [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
    > "Composition"=dword:00000001
    > "CompositionPolicy"=dword:00000002
    > "ColorizationOpaqueBlend"=dword:00000001
    >
    > 2) Restart DWM by opening a command prompt with administrative privileges:
    > Type 'net stop uxsms'
    > Then 'net start uxsms'
    >
    > To be honest, though... that's a borderline config for Vista. Especially
    > the 512MB's RAM. And is the "onboard" video memory "dedicated" or "system
    > shared?" If the latter, that's taking away from your 512MB of system RAM.
    >
    > Good luck!
    >
    > Lang


    Thanks for the tips.

    By the way, as I said in my original post, my graphics card has onboard
    memory. This means that it is memory that is dedicated to graphics tasks and
    is not system shared memory. If the graphics card had no onboard memory,
    then the graphics tasks would need to borrow memory from the regular RAM
    chips, i.e., be system shared.



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  9. #9


    keepout@yahoo.com.invalid Guest

    Re: AERO minimum requirements.

    On Sat, 28 Apr 2007 11:00:38 -0400, "Retired" <retired@my.hom> wrote:

    >
    >"Lang Murphy" <lang_murphy@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >news:8FB9335C-CAD7-4343-9E78-780220ECFC32@microsoft.com...
    >> "Retired" <retired@my.hom> wrote in message
    >> news:egBPTePiHHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> What are the minimum hardware requirements for Aero? My system has 512 MB
    >>> of RAM, is running at 950 MHZ, and has 65 MB of onboard memory on my
    >>> graphics card. Thank you.


    There is a page at M$ That tells you all you need to know, assuming you worked
    for M$ in the design of Aero.


    Something that might help. I show aero in my personalized settings.
    right click the desktop -> personalize -> window color & appearance -> see if
    you have windows aero in the theme selector. select it. reboot.

    If you still don't have it, maybe you're using a TV on your machine ? Aero
    won't run with my TV on. But turn the TV off, it works.
    but it toggles back and forth between aero and basic if you select aero.
    --
    more pix @ http://members.toast.net/cbminfo/index.html

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  10. #10


    Bob Eyster Guest

    Re: AERO minimum requirements.

    Think the min for the Graphic card is 128MB and should have 1GB of RAM on
    the PC/Laptop. Not required but recommended

    --

    Bob Eyster
    MS Windows Vista Home Premium



    "Retired" <retired@my.hom> wrote in message
    news:eb47eXaiHHA.1624@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Lang Murphy" <lang_murphy@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:8FB9335C-CAD7-4343-9E78-780220ECFC32@microsoft.com...
    >> "Retired" <retired@my.hom> wrote in message
    >> news:egBPTePiHHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> What are the minimum hardware requirements for Aero? My system has 512
    >>> MB of RAM, is running at 950 MHZ, and has 65 MB of onboard memory on my
    >>> graphics card. Thank you.
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> I see others have posted links to Aero minimum reqs.. so...
    >>
    >> Assuming you have a WDDM video driver...
    >>
    >> I had one of the Vista betas installed on a laptop with 512MB RAM and
    >> 64MB Video RAM (I think it was 32MB dedicated and 32MB shared system RAM)
    >> and I got Aero working with a combo of reg hacks and cmd line commands...
    >>
    >> (I'd make note of the current settings before changing them in case
    >> something blows up. You could export the DWM reg key as a backup. And
    >> maybe create a system restore point before trying this... just in
    >> case...)
    >>
    >> 1) Ensure that you have the following registry values set to:
    >> [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
    >> "Composition"=dword:00000001
    >> "CompositionPolicy"=dword:00000002
    >> "ColorizationOpaqueBlend"=dword:00000001
    >>
    >> 2) Restart DWM by opening a command prompt with administrative
    >> privileges:
    >> Type 'net stop uxsms'
    >> Then 'net start uxsms'
    >>
    >> To be honest, though... that's a borderline config for Vista. Especially
    >> the 512MB's RAM. And is the "onboard" video memory "dedicated" or "system
    >> shared?" If the latter, that's taking away from your 512MB of system RAM.
    >>
    >> Good luck!
    >>
    >> Lang

    >
    > Thanks for the tips.
    >
    > By the way, as I said in my original post, my graphics card has onboard
    > memory. This means that it is memory that is dedicated to graphics tasks
    > and is not system shared memory. If the graphics card had no onboard
    > memory, then the graphics tasks would need to borrow memory from the
    > regular RAM chips, i.e., be system shared.
    >



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