Half of American Business PCs Can't Run Vista

Discussion in 'Technology News' started by saipothuri, Dec 6, 2006.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. saipothuri

    saipothuri New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2005
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    About half of the average business PCs in North America are unable to meet the minimum requirements for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, while 94 percent do not meet the system requirements for Vista Premium.
    Within these figures, 41 percent and 78 percent, respectively, require RAM upgrades to meet the minimum and premium system requirements of Vista, says a new study by Softchoice Research, which is expected to be released later this week.

    In comparison, when Windows XP was released, some 71 percent of the PCs met its system requirements, Softchoice services consultant Dean Williams said in an executive summary of the report.



    "At the time of release 71 percent of the PCs met the system requirements for Windows XP, whereas only 50 percent of the PCs included in this study meet the minimum requirements to run Windows Vista. This difference suggests that jump in system requirements to run Vista presents a significant barrier to adoption," he said.



    The inventory data used in the study represents a total of 112,113 desktops from 472 North American organizations in the financial, health care, technology, education and manufacturing sectors.

    Twelve percent of the PCs surveyed will require CPU replacements to run Vista in its minimum configuration, while 16 percent will require CPU replacements to run Vista in its premium configuration, William said.

    Vista's minimum CPU requirements have increased 243 percent from those of Windows XP, which in turn had a much smaller increase of 75 percent from Windows 2000's CPU requirements.


    "Ultimately, the rate at which the average business CPU's MHz rating is increasing has not kept pace with Vista: The CPU requirements for Vista have increased 243 percent from those of Windows XP, whereas the speed of the average business PC's CPU has only increased by 215 percent over roughly the same time period," Williams said.



    Williams attributes the poor state of hardware readiness among North American companies to the sharp increase in the hardware resources required to run Vista; the fact that many organizations are maintaining longer hardware refresh cycles where they support PCs for more than five years; and a lack of easy access to the PC inventory information needed to implement an effective life cycle management process.

    "Most organizations planning to deploy Vista within the next two years will have a PC life cycle that is affected by these factors, which, taken together, present a significant operational and financial stumbling block if not planned for well ahead of time," he said.

    Preliminary user surveys suggest that 27 percent of organizations are planning to wait one to two years before undertaking a Vista rollout, with some 33 percent planning to wait between six months and one year.

    .

    "While these findings suggest that many organizations are considering a longer-term deployment schedule, the hardware purchasing decisions made today will undoubtedly impact the viability of a Vista rollout in the coming years," Williams said.

    Microsoft estimates that 20 percent of PCs will be running Vista within the first year of its release, double the rate at which XP was adopted in the first year it was made available to the market, he said.

    Microsoft has said it expects 10 times more seats of Vista to be deployed at launch, with deployment within the first year being twice as fast as that for any other version. Click here to read more.

    But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who headlined the business launch of Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007 at an event at the NASDAQ stock exchange late last week, is upbeat about the products and said customers will buy them.

    In an interview with eWEEK after the event, Ballmer acknowledged that most people will upgrade when they replace their hardware, but he also predicted that some will accelerate their hardware upgrade cycle.




    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2068351,00.asp
     
  2. anandk

    anandk Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2005
    Messages:
    3,786
    Likes Received:
    106
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Pune
    So u can imagine the state in a country like India ! [​IMG] nice link.
     
  3. Tech Geek

    Tech Geek Wise Old Owl

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,602
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Cyber Hell
    ^ It will be like abt. 90% of the PC's won't be able to run Vista.
     
  4. QwertyManiac

    QwertyManiac Commander in Chief

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    Messages:
    6,656
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    0
    People with a decently old system wont really mind much upgrading to Vista but the one's who have purchased in a year or two may feel bad if it doesnt run Vista.

    Guess it's gonna take its time like XP's 6 years did.
     
  5. Ankur Gupta

    Ankur Gupta Wandering in time...

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2004
    Messages:
    1,293
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Delhi,India
    In india not even 5% PCs wud be able to run vista with minimum requirements....
    In india windows 98 is slowly making way for xp...vista seems a distant dream for many PC users in india....
     
  6. nishant_nms

    nishant_nms New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2005
    Messages:
    1,344
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Pune
    ya in India there would be much worse situation
     
  7. Choto Cheeta

    Choto Cheeta Rebooting

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2004
    Messages:
    6,202
    Likes Received:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    220.225.82.33
    well by the time Microsoft with draws its support for XP.. Indian PCs too will be able to run vista smoothly... :)

    also some where i read that with Volume license Microsoft may allow user to install XP if systems are unable to meet the Vista system requirement.... cant find that link right now... umm.. looking for it if found i will post it here... :)
     
  8. freedom

    freedom New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    window Vista is too much hyped out.....an't worth tryin
     
  9. gxsaurav

    gxsaurav Guest

    actully, its wrong

    U all are comparing Windows Vista in a corporate enviroment to Windows Vista running in your home

    Corporate users do not need aero, they just need an OS, with support for the software they use. Mostly, it's only one or 2 softwares, such as Avaya, however for this sceanrio, u don't need anything more then 1 GHz system & a high speed network connection. I littrally laugh at people who buy pentium d 3.2 GHz for offices, & run only Word & Excel on it

    America's corporate PC can't run vista, fine, try again with aero disabled, is it really required in a corporate enviroment, or better yet, don't upgrade, stik with XP. your work is not slowing anyway
     
  10. outlaw

    outlaw De@d

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2006
    Messages:
    355
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    kerala
    by the time people in india starts using vista microsoft would have launched the next version
     
  11. W i d e S c r e e N

    W i d e S c r e e N New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2006
    Messages:
    669
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    their plans are coming true now all have to upgrade just to get all the eye candy of vista..Bow to the marketing stratgies of Microsoft.
     
  12. gxsaurav

    gxsaurav Guest

    even vista starter edition is good enough for bussiness nodes
     
  13. tarey_g

    tarey_g Hanging, since 2004..

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2004
    Messages:
    3,360
    Likes Received:
    20
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    hanging..
    I think they already considered this in the survey. Running vista doesn't mean running vista with aero.


    I dont know why business should upgrade to vista so soon , as far as Ms is providing security patches for Xp, it will do fine for them. Eventually everyone is going to use vista, but it will take time like it happened with XP.
     
  14. lalam

    lalam New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2006
    Messages:
    365
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Guwahati
    No doubt about that.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page