Following our discussion of the free Vista beta ( http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-06-15.htm#2 ):
Fred, Along with Microsoft’s Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, PC Pitstop also has a "readiness" test that some may want to try before taking the plunge.
It’s located here: http://www.pcpitstop.com/vistaready/
Thanks, Bob. And for those who may not have seen it, the official Microsoft "Vista Upgrade Advisor" is available at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/upgradeadvisor/default.mspx . It "will scan your computer and generate an easy-to-understand report of any known system and device compatibility issues, along with recommendations on how you can get your PC ready for Windows Vista." The MS Advisor is in beta, but it’s a benign one with low risks. It does, however, require the .Net framework.
The PC Pitstop tool also isn’t quite finished yet (remember that Vista is at least half a year out…); but it runs without requiring the .Net framework.
Either or both can give you a preliminary idea of whether or not your present system will meet the anticipated minimum and/or recommended requirements for Vista. And when both tools are finished, some time from now, you’ll be able to get an accurate answer. Worth a bookmark!