Here's a SolidWorks Vista FAQ
Q: What is Windows Vista?
A: Microsoft Windows Vista is a significant new version of Windows that
will be launched in November of 2006. The link to the Microsoft Windows
Vista site is:
Q: What are some of the more significant enhancements that SolidWorks
Vista version will bring over our XP version?
A: A new look and feel to the way the user works with many elements of
the desktop, including animation, transparencies, RSS feeds, integrated
search, high quality thumbnails and previews, widgets and a more
Q: Will SolidWorks run on Vista?
A: Yes, a native version of SolidWorks is being prepared for Vista.
Q: Will SolidWorks be holding a beta program for SolidWorks Vista
A: Yes, SolidWorks Vista Beta will run between November and December of
Q: When will the first released version of the SolidWorks Vista be
A: 1st Quarter of 2007 coinciding with the SP3 release of 2007 on DVD
Q: For the Beta, how do I get Windows Vista, I don't currently have
A: Microsoft is releasing Windows Vista in mid November for purchase by
their "Business Value customers." The consumer version will be
release in the first quarter of 2007. If you are a Windows Vista
Business Value Customer, Windows Vista is available from Microsoft. If
your are not an Business Value Customer and you don't currently have
Windows Vista, SolidWorks will ship a DVD of RC (Release Candidate
version) to the first 150 SolidWorks Vista Beta customers that sign up
for the program.
Q: Does Windows Vista require new hardware in order to run?
A: Not necessarily. Microsoft is recommending 1G of Ram and a modern
CPU. Refer to your hardware manufacturer; many of them have already
certified their latest models for Vista. Please refer to Microsoft's
site for more information:
Q: What GPU graphics cards will work with SolidWorks Vista Beta?
A: SolidWorks Vista Beta will run with Software OpenGL emulation only.
Q: Will COSMOS products be available with this beta version?
A: COSMOSWorks and COSMOSMotion products will be available for Beta
with the exception of COSMOSFloWorks which will NOT be available for
beta. (COSMOSFloWorks will be available for released product).
Q: What other products will not be available for SolidWorks Vista Beta?
A: Rhino import, MoldflowXpress, Electrical Harnessing portion of
Routing and PDMWorks Enterprise.