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[softpedia] Windows 7 in Danger of Being as (In)Capable as Windows Vista

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Windows 7, the next iteration of the Windows operating system, is in danger of being just as (in)capable as its predecessor, Windows Vista. This scenario was put forward by the plaintiffs in the Vista Capable lawsuit against Microsoft. The legal action, debuted in 2006, alleges that Microsoft misled consumers with the Windows Vista Capable logo program in order to help sell inferior machines, with hardware that was incapable of running the high-end editions of the operating system. The lawsuit has recently been given green light in terms of its class-action status by U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman. Microsoft appealed the decision on March 7 with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and asked the U.S. District Court in Seattle to freeze the trial until the appeal was dealt with.
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There are plenty of older machines that could run Vista okay, without Aero of course. However, there are also plenty of machines with a PIII and 256MB RAM, which the average consumer will try to run Vista on.

This is a tricky situation for MS. I will admit that the Vista Capable/Ready marketing was just that. Marketing.
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My dads Laptop is "Vista Capable". It came with Vista Home Basic and 512mb of shared video memory. Did it run, yes, was it slow, yes. I added 1 gig of memory and it is respectable.
I think this lawsuit is crap. Upgrade your machines and run what it says. If your going to sue anybody, sue the computer makers who sell this garbage.

I had Vista Premium on my old Socket A @ 2 ghz with 1 gig ram and some half decent AGP card, Vista score was not too bad except memory (2.9) and CPU (2.8?). Everything else was 5 or higher.
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The title of this thread is silly really.

Tell me what is SO incapable about Windows Vista ?..It works doesnt it with the exception of a few bugs which IMO are pretty much gone now with the release of SP1.
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Even if you can only run Vista Basic, and it runs like crap, your still running Vista. As long as the computer can boot to Vista technicly M$ didn't lie. I don't remember any of the ads claiming Vista would run awesome.
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can my machine run vista??? and how does this explain how windows 7 will be just as incapable of running on machines?? either way, computer companys should just recycle old computers and make on giant super computer
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=382

Predictable is all I can say
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The adds also didn't say a word about you maybe having to disable Aero and visual themes. I think Vista Compatable would of been a much safer marketing term, but hey, It's not as assertive.

"Hey, Bill!"
"Hey, Ted!"
"I heard that you were pretty good at the game of horse shoes."
"Well, I'd say I'm compatable with it."
"....Like, you are able to function within said game anywhere from mediocre to impressive?"
"Yeah."
"So...you wouldn't call your self capable?"
"No, no I wouldn't go that far."
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..."Hey, Bill!"
"Hey, Ted!"
"I heard that you were pretty good at the game of horse shoes."
"Well, I'd say I'm compatable with it."
"....Like, you are able to function within said game anywhere from mediocre to impressive?"
"Yeah."
"So...you wouldn't call your self capable?"
"No, no I wouldn't go that far."
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I ran Vista, WITH aero, just fine, on a 2 year old, bottom of the line laptop, with nothing but a slight ram upgrade. (1GB from 512mb)


If you're trying to install Vista on a machine old enough that it can't run it, you're kidding yourself.
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