Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Martin Brinkmann
May 19, 2006
Updated • Nov 5, 2017

Do you know if your system is capable of running the upcoming Microsoft operating system Windows Vista?

The minimum requirements are a CPU with at least 800 MHz, 512 MB of Ram and a DirectX 9 capable graphics processor.

The requirements for the full Vista experience are higher than that though: at least a 1Ghz CPU, 1Gb of Ram, 128 Mb graphics adapter with Pixel Shader 2.0 support and a 40Gb hard drive with 15 GB free space.

Keep in mind that those are the minimum requirements, and that it is recommended to have more RAM, a faster CPU and additional disk space for better performance

The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor test helps XP users who are not sure if their system is compatible with Windows Vista to determine that. You can download the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor application from the official Vista website at Make sure you plugin all external or optional hardware before you run the test as hardware is tested as well by the application.

Update: It appears that Microsoft has removed the program from their website, and placed a simple release notes for Windows Vista download on the page instead. This may be related to the release of Windows 7, Microsoft's current operating system, and the companies desire to drive customers towards that operating system instead.

You can download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from the Microsoft Windows website. Keep in mind that you need to plug-in all of your devices before you run the program. Microsoft notes that a PC that is capable of running Windows Vista, is likely to be compatible with Windows 7 as well.

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The program runs several checks, include whether upgrade options are available from the current operating system, whether features are used that no longer exist in the new system, and whether the PC meets all the required system requirements.The Upgrade Advisor application can be run on XP and Vista systems.

The release of Windows 8 brought forth the Upgrade Assistant for Windows 8. You can run it on Windows XP to Windows 7 systems to find out if the software and hardware is compatible with Microsoft's newest operating system.

Microsoft released the Windows 10 operating system in 2015. The company published the Windows 10 Update Assistant to help customers find out whether their PCs can run the operating system.

If you prefer to check the system requirements manually, consult the following information:

XP System Requirements:

  • Processor: Pentium 233 MHz or faster, recommended 300 MHz or faster.
  • Memory: min 64 MB of RAM, recommended 128 MB of RAM
  • Hard drive space: min 1.5 GB of free space
  • Video Card: support for SVGA (800x600) resolution

Vista System Requirements:

  • Processor: min 800 MHz, recommended 1 GHz
  • Memory: min 512 MB of RAM, recommended 1 GB of RAM
  • Hard drive space: min 15 GB of free space
  • Video Card: min DirectX 9 compatible, recommended 128 MB with Pixel Shader 2.0 support.

Windows 7 System Requirements:

  • Processor: min 1 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit versions, 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit versions.
  • Hard drive space: 16 GB of free space for 32-bit versions, 20 GB for 64-bit versions.
  • Video Card: DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Windows 8 System Requirements:

  • Processor: min 1 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit versions, 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit versions.
  • Hard drive space: 16 GB of free space for 32-bit versions, 20 GB for 64-bit versions.
  • Video Card: DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Windows 10 System Requirements:

  • Processor: minimum of 1 GHz
  • Memory: at least 1 Gigabyte of RAM for 32-bit and 2 Gigabytes of RAM for 64-bit editions.
  • Hard Drive space: 16 Gigabytes for 32-bit systems, and 20 Gigabytes for 64-bit systems.
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
  • Display: at least 800x600
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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

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