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Comment by tonyhughes, on 4-Nov-2006 00:07
vista runs happily on my athlon 2800+ with buiilt in shARED video (64mb of main system memory). Its just that you dont get to run the aero UI, which isnt that big a deal.
Whats your hardware specs...?
Comment by freitasm, on 4-Nov-2006 09:26
I have Windows Vista running on my Tablet PC, a Pentium Centrino 1.5GHz machine with 1GB RAM. The machine is almost 3 years old.
I'd say for a desktop, 512MB RAM will be a start, but make sure you have 1GB. You don't need a flashy video card, as Tony says. Only if you want the Aero Glass UI, with transparency, etc, which is not what you need there.
Comment by wirelessluva, on 4-Nov-2006 12:49
Have a look at PC Chaperone - best money I ever spent on software. Kids haven't found a way to break it yet - and I know they try.
Comment by wirelessluva, on 6-Nov-2006 20:57
I run it on XP - the Net Guardian type content filtering is fine but I needed a way to let them have net access for homework etc but not sit on MSN , Hotmail , Bebo , Habbo etc when they are supposed to be studying. You can set timeslots for each domain or a daily max time they can use eg 30min / day for Bebo.
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