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Q. What is Windows Vista® ? A. Windows Vista® is Microsoft's next-generation operating system (OS). Microsoft touts this
new OS as its most secure, highest quality Windows release to date. Depending on the version
of the OS that you select to run and your system's hardware, it offers many new and enhanced
features such as advanced security and a new intuitive and lifelike interface.
Q. What is Windows Vista® Premium Ready*? A. To take Windows Vista® to the next level - look for Premium Ready PCs. These special PCs -
when paired with the appropriate version of Windows Vista® - can enable premium experiences
like the Windows Aero® user interface. Windows Aero is designed to improve on virtual
perfection with spectacular visuals, fast responsiveness, and graphical tools to efficiently
manage information and applications on your desktop.
A Windows Vista® Premium Ready1 PC includes at least:
To enjoy Windows Aero you must install one of the premium versions of Windows Vista® -
Windows Vista® Home Premium, Windows Vista® Business, or Windows Vista® Ultimate.
A system with less than 1GB of system memory will not support many of the advanced
features of premium versions of Windows Vista® , including the Windows AeroTM user interface.
To make sure you get the most out of Windows Vista® , use the following guidelines:
To access Aero and other premium benefits, Microsoft recommends a system designated
as Premium Ready*
For an improved experience, Dell additionally recommends configuring your Premium
Ready* system with 1GB dual-channel (2-DIMMS)
RAM* and a premium 128MB graphics card from
ATI or nVidia.
To further enhance your Windows Vista® experience, Dell recommends 2GB dual-channel
(2 DIMMS) RAM* and a premium 256MB graphics
card from ATI or nVidia.
Q. Will Dell printers support Windows Vista® ? A. All currently shipping Dell printers can support Windows Vista® . Drivers are available at http://support.dell.com .For a comprehensive list of printers supported by Windows Vista® , click here.
Q. What is the Windows Vista® Aero Experience? A. Windows Vista® will come with 2 user experiences. Windows Vista® Basic, Windows Vista® Aero. The new Aero experience is designed to show translucent windows, 3-dimnesional perspective, rich textures, advanced color mixes and animations."
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Q. Why does Dell recommend an advanced graphics card? A. In general, the more graphics and system memory on a computer, the richer the potential
experience. Systems without enough graphics and memory power to run Windows AeroTM , the new
graphic user interface available in premium editions of Windows Vista® , will offer a Basic
graphics interface, which is similar in look and feel to that of Windows XP.
Q. What hardware is recommended for running Windows Vista® ? A. To be designated as Windows Vista® Capable*, Microsoft
requires that the PC must include at least:
A modern processor (at least 800MHz)
512MB of system memory (RAM)
A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable
A CD-ROM drive (Dell recommends a DVD-ROM drive)
20GB HDD with a minimum of 15GB free space
NOTE: Not all Windows Vista® features are available for use on all Windows
Vista® Capable* PCs. All Windows Vista® Capable PCs will
run the core experiences of Windows Vista® , such as innovations in organizing and finding
information, security, and reliability. Some advanced features - like the new Windows®
Aero® user interface - are available only in premium editions of Windows Vista® and require
advanced or additional hardware.
1GB of system memory (note: Dell recommends dual channel memory*)
Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128MB of graphics memory
(minimum)*, Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32bits per pixel
40GB of hard drive capacity with 15GB free space
DVD Readable Drive
Audio output capability
Internet access capability
To provide the advanced features of Windows Vista® including the Aero user
interface, Premium Ready* systems must also be running
one of the premium versions of Windows Vista® , including: Windows Vista® Home Premium,
Windows Vista® Business, or Windows Vista® Ultimate.
For an enhanced experience of Aero and other key Windows Vista® features, Dell
also recommends configuring your Premium Ready* system with 1GB dual-channel
(2-DIMMS) RAM* and a premium 128MB graphics card from ATI or nVidia.
To further enhance your Windows Vista® experience, Dell recommends 2GB dual-channel
(2-DIMMS) RAM* and a premium 256MB graphics card from ATI or nVidia.
Q. Will Microsoft or Dell offer an upgrade to Windows Vista® ? A. Buy select DellTM Windows Vista® Capable* PCs
between October 26, 2006 and March 15, 2007, and you can qualify for an Express
Upgrade to Windows Vista® on select system configurations. Limited Time Offer.
Q. What are the benefits of Windows Vista® ? A. Microsoft has identified several key benefits:
A new, visually exciting user interface Windows Vista® is the first
Windows operating system that can gracefully scale to the hardware capabilities
of the computer it is installed on. Depending on the user's hardware as well as
the version of Windows Vista® installed, this new operating system can enable either
the Basic user experience or the advanced 3-D like Windows AeroTM user
Increased confidence Windows Vista® features a new system architecture
designed to include advanced security features.
Enhanced security features can help protect against the latest generation of
threats, such as worms, viruses, and spyware.
System alerts inform users about security and privacy choices so they can feel
confident their privacy is protected.
Ease-of-use Windows Vista® is designed to streamline productivity and organization.
It introduces an intuitive way of organizing data like movies, music, photos and other
important files, so that you can store, manage, and find it when you need to. Highly
intuitive, Windows Vista® can help you:
See what files contain without opening them
Find applications and files quickly
Navigate efficiently among open windows
Use wizards and dialog boxes confidently
Enhanced connectivity Windows Vista® can enable users to synchronize across multiple
PCs, network servers and other devices, including cell phones and PDAs. Windows Vista®
includes enhancements for portable computers; compared to Windows XP, it offers advanced
power management, and easy wireless networking functionality.
Q. Which Dell systems will run Windows Vista® in the new Windows Aero interface? A. Dell provides both Windows Vista® Capable* and Windows Vista® Premium Ready* PCs (designed to run Aero) across its product
lines. Please refer to this chart for details on specific systems.
Aero enabled as a default, but performance may be compromised as more
windows, applications and games are opened.
Can enhance Aero experience and system performance
Booting the Operating System, without running applications or games
Multitasking (e-mail, basic photo editing, basic video editing, music,
spreadsheets, browsing, and other applications) The experience is only
assured in single monitor mode. Dual monitor is supported, but may affect
the aero premium experience.
Multi-tasking with power-hungry applications (large spreadsheets, advanced
video and photo editing, HD viewing and recording) Dual Monitor Usage
Q. What are the Windows Vista® versions and which ones will Dell ship? A. The Windows Vista® product lineup consists of five versions. When available, Dell plans to offer four of them:
Windows Vista® Business
Windows Vista® Home Basic
Windows Vista® Home Premium
Windows Vista® Ultimate
Windows Vista® Enterprise will be available ONLY directly from Microsoft. Dell will not
factory install this version of Windows Vista® . Visit www.microsoft.com for additional
information on Microsoft Vista® Enterprise.
Dell plans to make the Business version of Windows Vista® available on all Dell relationship
platforms. Dell plans to ship appropriate 32-bit and/or 64-bit versions of all other
Windows Vista® products as determined by the best customer experience results out of
Q. What differentiates the Windows Vista® logos? A. To help ensure that you have a great experience with Windows Vista® , be sure to look for
products featuring the "Certified for Windows Vista® " logo or the "Works with Windows Vista® "
logo. Dell products that display one of these logos have passed both Dell and Microsoft
specifications and standards, so you can be confident that they have been tested for quality
and compatibility with Windows Vista® .
Here's what the logos mean:
Certified for Windows Vista® Products that carry the "Certified for Windows Vista® " logo have met explicit standards
of reliability and quality, and have been tested and proven to deliver a superb experience
with a Dell PC running Windows Vista® . Using software and devices bearing this logo with
Windows Vista® Home Premium, Windows Vista® Business, or Windows Vista® Ultimate edition
provide the richest Dell PC experience.
Works with Windows Vista® You can have confidence that a hardware peripheral or software product from Dell displaying
the "Works with Windows Vista® " logo is designed to easily work with Windows Vista® and
can deliver a reliable experience. These products meet baseline standards of functionality
on all PCs running Windows Vista® .
All prices, specifications and promotional offers are subject to error, change and/or substitution at Dell's discretion at any time without notice. Dell cannot be responsible for errors in typography or photography. Unless otherwise specifically advertised, promotional offers are not combinable with any other offer or volume based or other discounts to which you may be entitled. Advertised configurations and limited time offers only available to business customers in Canada with 99 employees or less. All purchases subject to your Customer Agreement or Dell's standard terms of sale, Dell's limited warranty terms and the applicable Dell or third party service agreement. Copies available on request or at www.dell.ca. Remember to back-up your data. Dell is not responsible for lost or corrupt data or software. Limit one (1) offer per eligible system. Dell reserves the right to limit quantities to five (5) systems per customer.
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