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A Windows Vista Capable logo in the wild
Lawsuit may have forced Microsoft to change what it means to be Vista Capable

Two weeks ago, Dianne Kelley started a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft alleging the software company is engaging in deceptive practices by branding new computers with a Windows Vista Capable logo even if they couldn't run the all the new operating system’s features.

Although Microsoft strongly refutes Kelley’s claims, the threat of a lawsuit may have triggered the company to change its language on what “Vista Capable” means. As clipped by a blog at the Seattle Times, Microsoft originally described its Windows Vista Capable program as the following (all bold emphasis added by Seattle Times author):

“Through the Windows Vista Capable program, Windows XP-based PCs that are powerful enough to run Windows Vista are now available from leading PC manufacturers worldwide, including Acer Inc., Dell Inc., Fujitsu Limited, Gateway Inc., HP, Lenovo, NEC Corp., Sony Corp., Toshiba and more. The Windows Vista Capable logo is designed to assure customers that the PCs they buy today will be ready for an upgrade to Windows Vista and can run the core experiences of Windows Vista.

Shortly following the news of the lawsuit, the explanation of the Windows Vista Capable program appeared to have changed to this:

“A new PC running Windows XP 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 — like the new Windows Aero user experience — may require advanced or additional hardware.”

While both the original and updated descriptions mention that Vista Capable means being able to run the “core experience,” the updated passage clearly states those experiences will run at a minimum.

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By DEVGRU on 4/9/2007 11:47:55 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, you'll never be able to cure stupidity. However, IMHO, Microsoft needs to be slapped for deciding to make 50 versions of an OS, with 50 variations on licensing. :P

(P.S. Its called 'exaggeration' kids!)

RE: Typical...
By rippleyaliens on 4/9/2007 8:18:41 PM , Rating: 2
Well, actually, i got win vista to install on a 512mb machine, and it ran perfectly fine. Even with some basic applications installed. Now when you start adding all the AD-WARE that most computer manufactures add, well,, guess what.

Now with regards to the Aero, SAME thing, i used a radion 9700 pro card, and YAH the aero worked, but no where near the same as the nvidia 7950gx2 i have.

This lawsuit reminds me of the stupid woman, who sued mcDonalds, because her coffee was hot?
Or the retard who looks on the back of a BF 2142 box, sees the graphics, and expects his $300 dell paperweight will play the game at MAX settings?

Does vista install and work on a 512mb machine, YAH.. Adding $80 of ram (1GB) will help, but most people are cheap sheep.
cheap meaning CHEAP, SHeep meening that they will go with the flow versus asking something simple like... Will my machine run this?

RE: Typical...
By noirsoft on 4/11/2007 10:14:11 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think 4 versions are all that much. There were 3 versions of XP.

XP Home -> Vista Home Basic
XP Media Center -> Vista Home Premium
XP Pro -> Vista Business

and they've added Ultimate, which fills a needed niche for those of us who want both Media Center and the advanced netowrking of the Pro series.

I don't count "Vista Starter" since that's not intended for use in the first world, so it's not really an option any consumer will see.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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