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How to: Check that your PC is Windows Vista ready

Hoping to move your home PC to Microsoft's Vista when it finally comes out? We let you know how to find out if your computer is ready for the upgrade

For those of you that have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Windows Vista, that day is finally drawing close. Barring yet another delay, the new operating system, which features a new look and improved search and organisation capabilities, should be available in January 2007.

CNET.co.uk reader Andrew Fisher wrote to us this week asking how he could find out whether his PC is fast enough to run Vista. PC editor Rory Reid warns him that Vista is far more demanding than XP and needs an even higher spec if you want to navigate its stunning Aero user interface.

To read Rory's full answer go to our Ask the Editors section. Other questions on PCs that have recently been answered include how to upgrade your laptop, how to make your PC run faster using free tools and which colour printer is best for home use?

You can submit your question to CNET.co.uk by clicking on the link on the Ask the Editors page. -Ingrid Marson