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Get Ready for Windows Vista!

There has never been a better time to buy a Windows based PC.

Getting ready for Windows Vista, available in early 2007, means choosing the edition that's right for you and ensuring that you have the right PC to enjoy the experiences you want.

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Best Ways to Express Upgrade to Windows Vista
Buy Upgrade Cost of Upgrade (Estimated)
Windows XP Professional Edition Windows Vista Business Edition* Nominal Cost,
including Shipping & Handling.
Windows XP Media Center Edition Windows Vista Home Premium Edition*
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Windows Vista Business x64 Edition*
Windows XP Home Upgrades to Windows Vista
Buy Upgrade Cost of Upgrade (Estimated)
Windows XP Home Edition Windows Vista Home Basic Edition* $49 + Nominal Cost,
including Shipping & Handling.
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition* $79 + Nominal Cost,
including Shipping & Handling.

Monarch Recommends These Systems for Use with Microsoft Windows Vista:*

Furia 2 (AMD Socket AM2)

Breva 2 (Intel Core 2)

All Desktops, Media Centers, Workstations and Gaming Systems are eligible for this promotion. Some Servers are also eligible for this promotion.*

What is a Windows Vista Capable PC?

A new PC that carries the Windows Vista Capable PC logo can run Windows Vista. All editions of Windows Vista will deliver core experiences such as innovations in organizing and finding information, security, and reliability. All Windows Vista Capable PCs will run these core experiences at a minimum. Some features available in the premium editions of Windows Vista¬ólike the new Windows Aero user experience¬ómay require advanced or additional hardware.

A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:
  • A modern processor (at least 800MHz1).
  • 512 MB of system memory.
  • A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.
  • Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs
  • To get an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience, ask for a Windows Vista Capable PC that is designated Premium Ready, or choose a PC that meets or exceeds the Premium Ready requirements described below. Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware.
A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:
  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor1.
  • 1 GB of system memory.
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)2, Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
  • 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
  • DVD-ROM Drive3.
  • Audio output capability.
  • Internet access capability.

* These upgrades may require a reinstallation that will not automatically carry over user settings, data, or applications. Monarch does not guarantee that Vista will be compatible with every configuration we sell.

1. Processor speed is specified as the nominal operational processor frequency for the device. Some processors have power management which allows the processor to run at lower rate to save power.

2. If the GPU uses shared memory, then no additional graphics memory is required beyond the 1 GB system memory requirement; If the GPU uses dedicated memory then 128MB is required.

3. A DVD-ROM may be external (not integral, not built into the system).

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