Similar to Windows XP Home Edition, Home Basic targets budget-conscious users not requiring advanced media support for home use. This edition lacks the Windows Aero theme with its translucent effects. However, it does support Desktop Window Manager compositing, just without the glass effect. Home Basic supports one physical CPU, but with multiple cores. 64-bit Home Basic supports up to 8 GB of RAM.
This edition includes Windows Firewall, parental controls, Windows Photo Gallery, and more functions. Windows Movie Maker is included as well, but without support for working with high-definition video.
|Component of PC||Vista Capable||Vista Premium Ready|
|Processor||800 MHz||1 GHz|
|Memory||512 MB||1 GB|
|Graphics card||DirectX 9.0 capable||DirectX 9.0 capable and WDDM 1.0 driver support|
|Graphics memory||64 MB||128 MB|
|HDD capacity||40 GB||80 GB|
|HDD free space||15 GB|
|Optical drives||DVD-ROM drive (Only to install from DVD-ROM media)|
Physical memory limits
Maximum amount of RAM that Windows Vista can support varies, depending on the both its edition and its processor architecture, as shown in the table.
|x86 (32-bit)||x64 (64-bit)|
|Ultimate||4 GB||128 GB|
|Home Premium||16 GB|
|Home Basic||8 GB|