Video card requirements for 64-bit Windows 7?

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  1. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    I’d like to upgrade my laptop from 32-bit Windows 7 to 64-bit. Judging from what I see on the Windows website, it looks like my computer has ample RAM and processing power for 64-bit, but I am concerned about the video card requirement. They say I need a “DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.” I looked up my video card and it’s a “Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation WDDM 1.1).”
    Am I correct in assuming that what really matters here is the “WMMD” spec, and my video card will support Windows 7 64-bit?
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    Yes, it will run fine. You can run it on less, you just won't get aero. But you'll be fine with an intel 4x series.
     
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    Pardon my cluelessness, but what’s an aero? If I understand, that would only be a problem with a video card less than 1.0?
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    No, you can't be less then a 1.0. a 1.0 means you can't run Aero.

    Aero just means transparencies, dragable video boxes, opaque windows and the ability to move in-function video and directX streams.

    If you have a 1.0, Windows is still usable, just without the features of the Aero interface.

    But an Intel 4X series (like 41G/43G/45G) chipset will do it.
     
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    Got it – thanks for your help, Matt!
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