to run vista and have a bunch of apps open at the same time you need:
2GB minimum and 4GB of ram to run it with a lot of intensive apps open (photoshop, movie creation software)
$100+ video card (not onboard)
dual core 2.0GHZ+ processor or 3.0GHZ+ single core
10,000 RPM SATA Hard Drive (reccomended for faster bootup times)
When I get my 10,000 RPM hard drive and upgrade my ram to 4GB I will consider downloading it again. I cant stand
over a 30 second total bootup time from the time I turn on my PC.
With 4GB, 10k drive, and a fast proc vista is GREAT. anything else it sucks for people that click really fast and like instant everything.
- on that laptop, I'd make sure it has a 7200RPM hard drive and 2GB of ram at the minimum to run vista smoothly. Both of those are critical. Hard drives and ram are supercheap anyway.
My company refuses to load vista on the company systems until every system has 4GB of ram and a processor less than 2 years old. Also waiting for Server 2008 to come out.