Microsoft is now conducting a public beta of its Windows Vista Hardware Assessment utility. This tool is designed to allow you to remotely and agent-lessly evaluate your hardware to see if it meets the Windows Vista minimum requirements. If you have been struggling with how to evaluate the PC's in your environment this is the utility for you!
Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Solution Accelerator is a centralized and agent-less tool designed to assess the readiness of client computers for Windows Vista. It quickly inventories computers, identifies the supported Windows Vista experience, and recommends specific hardware upgrades as appropriate. This network-wide assessment tool is designed to run from a single networked PC to assess all PCs within the network with proper network credentials.
Specifically, this tool will provide detailed reporting that clearly shows the 3 different levels of Vista readiness of existing PCs:
- Clients that are incompatible with Windows Vista
- Clients ready for the Windows Vista Capable Experience
- Clients ready for the Windows Vista Premium Ready Experience
Windows Vista Hardware Assessment will recommend specific actions that are needed to get a client computer ready for Windows Vista or to improve the Windows Vista experience. For example:
- Upgrade to 512MB of system memory to get the Windows Vista Capable experience
- Upgrade to 256MB of graphics memory to get the Windows Vista Premium experience for a single PC monitor at resolution higher than 2,304,000 pixels
- Upgrade from a CD-ROM drive to a DVD-ROM drive to get the Windows Vista Premium experience
- Upgrade the graphics card if required