Chapter 22: Installing and Running Windows Vista
Before you install Windows Vista, you should make sure that your computer meets
the minimum requirements of the edition you plan to use. Microsoft provides both
minimum requirements and recommended requirements. If your computer doesn’t
meet the minimum requirements, you will not be able to install Windows Vista. If
your computer doesn’t meet the recommended requirements, you will experience
Windows Vista Starter and Home Basic editions require a minimum of 512 MB of
RAM, an 800 MHz or higher processor, and a graphics processor that supports
DirectX 9. For Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate
editions, you’ll have a better experience and get better performance if the computer
has at least 1 GB of RAM, a 1.0 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, and a
graphics processor with 128 MB of graphics memory that supports DirectX 9.
Although Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate provide two-processor support, Home
Basic and Home Premium do not.
Windows Vista requires 4 GB or more of disk space. Additional features, such as
protection points that include previous versions of files and folders that have been
modified, can increase the size of the installation over time. You’ll also want at least
10 percent of free space on your disk at all times.
You can run Windows Vista on any computer that meets or exceeds these require-
ments. If you run into problems during installation, see the section, “Troubleshooting
Windows Vista Programs and Features,” in Chapter 21, for possible solutions. During
installation on the “Where do you want to install Windows?” page, you can display a
command prompt by pressing Shift-F10.
Performing a Clean Installation
To perform a clean installation of Windows Vista, complete the following steps:
1. Start the Setup program using one of the following techniques:
• For a new installation, turn on the computer and insert the Windows Vista
distribution media into the computer’s CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Press
a key to start Setup from your media when prompted.
• For a clean installation over an existing installation, start the computer and
log on using an account with administrator privileges. Insert the Windows
Vista distribution media into the computer’s CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
Setup should start automatically. If it doesn’t, use Windows Explorer to
access the distribution media and then double-click Setup.exe.
2. When prompted, choose your language, time and currency format, and key-
board layout. Click Next.
3. Start the installation by clicking Install Now. If you are starting the installation
from an existing operating system and are connected to a network or the Internet,