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  • Question




    I am trying to find out about the HCL for Vista and what the meaning of it is exactly.


    I understand that if my hardware is not on the list, there is 'no guarantee' that Vista will work correctly. If my hardware is on the list, is there any guarantee that Vista will work correctly?


    What exactly is Microsoft guaranteeing with the HCL?


    Does the HCL imply some kind of certification that a certain level of performance will be delivered? Or is it more of a techincal support service - just a list, which does not affect my rights as a customer?


    Any explanation of what the HCL really means, in terms of what it guarantees me, would be very useful.




    Thursday, June 12, 2008 9:14 PM


  • Hi,


    Before moving on, please allow me explain background information regarding the HCL.


    What is HCL


    The hardware compatibility list (HCL) of Windows Vista provides a representative list of hardware peripherals that are compatible with the Microsoft Windows Vista. Microsoft has validated the compatibility of the hardware peripherals on an Windows hardware reference platform. In fact, list is a database of hardware models and their compatibility with Windows Vista.


    Before you install Windows on a computer, check the HCL to determine whether the computer is certified by Microsoft as Windows-compliant. 


    NOTE: Microsoft has not tested every computer and/or device in all possible configurations, please contact your hardware manufacturer for details on products if it not listed there.


    In addition, Microsoft cannot certify for the hardware can work well in Windows Vista, since there may be a hardware incompatibility problem between some devices (such as RAM and motherboard, harddisk and motherboard). For this situation, it is recommended that contacting the manufacturer.


    Regarding the hardware performance, please understand that Microsoft is not manufacturer and do not have much resource on thardware. Microsoft cannot give a certification level of performance. I suggest contacting the manufacturer to get related information.


    If you have any question, please feel free to let me know.


    Tuesday, June 17, 2008 8:33 AM