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Gartner: Half Of Corporate PCs Can't Run Vista

If you want to get Windows Vista when it comes out, you probably should be thinking about new hardware, according to the research firm. It estimates that about half of corporate PCs aren't powerful enough to run the forthcoming operating system.

Gartner defines a large organization as any company with more than 1,000 PC users.

In terms of major upgrades, Vista is comparable to Windows 2000. Windows XP, which fell in between the two, was considered a far less radical change.

"Both 2000 and Vista are what we would call major upgrades, while XP was a minor release," Mike Silver, a Gartner analyst and co-author of the report, said Monday.

As to whether companies can expect a bigger, more costly hassle in moving to Vista than it was to 2000, Silver said it's too soon to tell, based on the test versions of Vista released by Microsoft.

"If the applications are more compatible with Vista than 2000, then it might be less costly," Silver said. "Migration techniques have gotten better, but most organizations have not automated their migration process."

While Vista is scheduled to ship early next year, another delay is always possible, so companies that have skipped XP and are still running 2000 should start planning now to move quickly when Vista is ready.

"Windows 2000 users really need to have a plan to get off of 2000 and on to Vista relatively soon after it ships," Silver said.

Experts have said that the Vista features most attractive to companies are the security enhancements to protect corporate networks from viruses, hackers and spyware.

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