Vista Hardware requirements

After a discussion in the office at lunchtime, my hypothesis is that Vista will require 512Mb memory and SATA-2 to function sensibly.

I also think that by the time it makes it out of the door virtualisation chips from both Intel and AMD will be shipping for the desktop and platform independant drivers will becoming up fast on the landscape.

Windows plan underscores Microsoft struggle
By Ina Fried
Staff Writer, CNET

Published: February 2, 2004, 4:00 AM PST

While many customers applauded the move, some analysts said that the decision may be more than an act of goodwill. According to recent surveys, about one-quarter of all PCs run Windows 98 or older versions of Windows. “Better to have people stay on Windows 98 than to start investigating things like Linux,” said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Jupiter Research.

Update March 19th 2006

Will 512 mb be enough memory? Some think not:

Come on Mr AB from Torquay, so just how many people will be able to upgrade to Vista without buying a whole new PC?

May 20th “The Times”

THE much-hyped next-generation of Microsoft software, Windows Vista, ran into controversy yesterday after analysts said that the system’s full range of tools would be available to less than 5 per cent of Britain’s PC market…,,9070-2188681,00.html 

Microsoft anounces new virtualization friendly licensing

New virtualization use rights for Windows Server™ 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server “Longhorn” Datacenter Edition enable cost-effective consolidation. Licenses for the upcoming Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition will allow customers to run up to four virtual instances on one physical server at no additional cost. Licenses for the Datacenter Edition of the version of Windows Server, code-named “Longhorn,” will give customers the right to run an unlimited number of virtual instances on one physical server.

Licensing by running instance improves the value and flexibility of Windows Server System products. Customers will no longer license every inactive or stored instance of a Windows Server System product. Customers can now create and store unlimited numbers of instances, including those for backup and recovery, and pay only for the maximum number of running instances at any given time.

Portable licensing for the dynamic enterprise allows customers to easily deploy and run Windows Server System products on any physical server licensed for the software. Customers can move active instances from one licensed server box to another without limitation, as long as the physical server is licensed for the Windows Server System product.

Per-processor licensing better aligns with resources used. With Windows Server System products that are licensed per processor, such as Microsoft SQL Server™, BizTalk® Server, and Internet Security & Acceleration Server, customers will have greater flexibility to stack multiple instances on a machine by licensing for the number of virtual processors being used.
For more details checkout:

You should note that these changes only apply to our server software. Licensing for desktop software remains unchanged at the moment.

from Ben’s blog