My Compaq presario v2000 laptop is about 10 months old. It runs Windows XP SP2 comfortably. The specs are as below:
Pentium M 1.6 GHz
768 MB RAM
80 GB Harddrive
Intel 915 GMA 900 graphics
I tried 3 beta releases of Vista (5478, pre-RC and RC1) on it. Barring some issues like no aero support, huge memory usage and some multimedia glitches, it does run Vista in a OK sort of manner. But the performance is nowhere near as XP. I just did an estimate of how much it will cost me in case I want to upgrade XP on it to Vista ultimate. Vista itself takes about 10 to 12 GB for a plain Vanilla install and with the fact that there is only 3 GB of space left in my C drive, it becomes essential to upgrade my hard drive too. So here is the final result:
Kingston DDR2 1 GB RAM upgrade : Rs 7000
120 GB Hard drive 2.5" : Rs 6800
Windows Vista Ultimate : Rs 11396 ($259 for upgrade from XP Pro at exchange rate of $1= Rs 44)
Total : Rs 25196 (==$572)
That is the price of a new Celeron/Turion 64 based laptop in India!!
Now, here is another interesting calculation.
Cost of Vista Upgrade : Rs 25000
Sale price of my 10 month old laptop : Rs 25000 (Bought for about 49k)
Additional 12 k from my pocket : Rs 12000
Total : Rs 62000.
INR 62K is the price of a new 17″ Core 2 Duo iMac in India. 🙂