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Should I buy a new computer with Windows XP or wait until Vista arrives next year ? The answer depends on the hardware that you plan to purchase.

To make sure that PC owners are ready for Vista, Microsoft is making an official announcement of the final Vista Tech specs today at EWeek has the details of MSFT announcement beforehand:

Microsoft is expected to label a PC as Vista Capable if it has an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and a DirectX9 capable graphics processor.

Most recent PCs meet Vista Capable requirements. But in order for Vista to display its most advanced features, namely its three-dimensional Aero interface, a PC must meet Microsoft's Premium Ready guidelines - a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 128MB of dedicated graphics memory, along with a graphics processor that meets numerous requirements.

Microsoft to Offer Vista Specs, Hardware Guidelines