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Upgrading a Cheap PC to Microsoft Windows Vista

I've been running various beta and release candidate versions of Microsoft Windows Vista for since 2005. So, I thought upgrading my cheap home PC from Media Center Edition to Vista Ultimate Edition was going to be a footnote blog item. I was wrong.

So, I'm planning to blog about upgrading a cheap ($500 after rebates) eMachines T6420 desktop over the next week or two. I think some people might be surprised by some of the things I found. And, remember, I've been using Vista for 18 months or so on other PCs.

So, let's start with the system configuration for this T6420 desktop. It is pretty simple and unimpressive.

  • AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (~2.2GHz)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 200GB C: drive
  • 160BG D: drive (added after purchase)
  • No graphics card. Uses shared video RAM
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