Much like its predecessor, Windows XP Starter Edition, this edition sells in 139 countries such as Russia, Brazil, People's Republic of China, Nepal, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, and Thailand. Microsoft does not make it available in developed technology markets such as the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan (although users can install a 30-day trial version from the 32-bit DVD). Vista Starter has significant limitations, such as allowing a maximum of three applications with a user interface at once, not accepting incoming network connections, a watermark in the corner of the screen, and a physical memory limit of 1 GB. Unlike other editions, a 64-bit version of Starter Edition has not been released. It supports AMD's Athlon XP, Duron, Sempron and Geode processors, and Intel's Celeron, Pentium III processors and certain models of Pentium 4. The usable portion of the hard disk has a limit of 250 GB. Starter Edition comes with some locale-specific desktop wallpapers not found in other editions of Vista.
|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|