Running Windows Vista on older hardware
A little over four months ago we took a look at Windows Vista Beta 2. At the time, we received a number of comments about the lack of performance some readers were experiencing with Vista in comparison to what we were reflecting in our review. Admittedly, we tested Vista Beta 2 on young, fresh hardware in comparison to what many people out in the real world could be using. Now we want to find out how well older hardware handles Vista.
To round out the picture, we've spent some time with Vista RC2 on three different PCs. Our methodology can be briefly summarized as this: we found a mix of old hardware, subjected it to build 5600 and then 5744, and observed. No computers were harmed in our testing process, but a couple were almost thrown out the window.