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The initial screen for Microsoft’s Upgrade Advisor, which helps people assess whether their PC can run Vista.
The Upgrade Advisor lists a number of Vista features and asks which interest the user. The tool then recommends a version of Vista that is likely to be appropriate.
After scanning the system, the tool determines whether a machine can run Vista and what upgrades are needed, if any, to run higher versions. In this case, the PC was sufficient to run Vista but needed a better graphics card to run Vista’s Aero Graphics.
On the other hand, the Upgrade Advisor thought little of CNET News.com’s relatively new low-end machine. It has 512MB of memory, but some of that is shared with its integrated graphics. Ironically, we have been testing beta versions of Vista on this machine.