The minimum system requirements for Shadowrun for Windows Vista

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This article describes the minimum system requirements for Microsoft Shadowrun for Windows Vista.

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Shadowrun requires a computer that meets the requirements that are listed in the following table.

To determine whether a computer meets the minimum system requirements, use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (Dxdiag.exe).

To start the DirectX Diagnostic Tool in Windows Vista, click Start
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Start button
, type dxdiag in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

If you want to find out whether a computer will run Shadowrun, visit the following Game Advisor Web site:
http://gameadvisor.futuremark.com
You can use the Game Advisor to download a small piece of software that scans the system. This software will help you determine whether a computer has the correct hardware for the game that you want to play. If you do not have the hardware that you need, the Windows Game advisor provides links to hardware providers that can help you upgrade the system.
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ComponentRecommended system requirementsMinimum system requirements
Operating systemWindows VistaWindows Vista
Computer processorIntel Core Duo CPU or AMD FX Dual Core CPU3.2 gigahertz (GHz)
Memory2 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM)1 GB of RAM
Hard disk space7 GB of available hard disk space, the dedicated server and the map editor require more hard disk space7 GB of available hard disk space, the dedicated server and the map editor require more hard disk space
Video cardATI X1800 or NVIDIA 7800 or higher, NVIDIA 7800 display adapter with 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM or more
Vertex Shader Model 2.a, 3.0, or higher
Pixel Shader Model 2.b, 3.0, or higher
ATI X800 or NVIDIA 6800 display adapter with 256 MB of RAM or more and the following features:
  • Vertex Shader Model 2.a
  • Pixel Shader Model 2.b
DVD drive32x speed32x speed
SoundSound card, speakers, or headsetSound card, speakers, or headset
Pointing deviceMicrosoft mouse or a compatible pointing deviceMicrosoft mouse or a compatible pointing device
Internet connection for online playNetwork adapter for LAN multiplayer gameplay
Broadband Internet access for Windows Live multiplayer gameplay
Network adapter for LAN multiplayer gameplay
Broadband Internet access for Windows Live multiplayer gameplay

Unsupported components

The hardware must pass a system check when you run the Setup program or when you run the game. If the hardware does not pass the system check, you receive one of the error messages that are listed in the following table.
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Error messagesResolution
Microsoft Shadowrun for Vista has one or more compatibility issues on this computer: The graphics hardware on this computer is not supported for use with Shadowrun.
The video card that is installed on the computer does not meet the game requirements. To upgrade the hardware components, contact the computer manufacturer. To do this, see the "References" section. For more information about how to upgrade the hardware components, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/Hardware/Pages/FeaturedHardware.aspx
Additionally, you can compare the features of different hardware and the prices of different hardware. For example, visit the following Microsoft Web site, type hardware video cards in the Search box, and then press ENTER:
http://products.live.com
Microsoft Shadowrun for Vista has one or more compatibility issues on this computer: The processor speed on this computer is too low to run Shadowrun.
The processor on the computer does not meet the game requirements.

Note If you are using a notebook as the computer that meets the system requirements for Shadowrun, use AC power. Or, adjust the power settings in Windows Vista to High Performance. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start
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    Start button
    , type powercfg.cpl in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Click High Performance.
Installation of this game is not supported on your operating system.
The game requires Windows Vista.

Windows Experience Index

Shadowrun for Windows Vista is designed for computers that run Windows Vista with an overall Windows Experience Index score of 4 or higher. We recommend a Windows Experience Index score of 5.

To start the Performance Information and Tools utility in Windows Vista, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start
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    Start button
    , type performance information and tools in the Start Search box, and then pres ENTER.
  2. Click Performance Information and Tools in the Programs list to view the Windows Experience Index score.
For more information about the Windows Experience Index, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start
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    Start button
    , and then click Help and Support.
  2. In the Search box, type Windows Experience, and then press ENTER.
  3. Click What is the Windows Experience Index.

References

For information about your hardware manufacturer, visit the following Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/vendors/en-us

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Article ID: 938630 - Last Review: December 27, 2012 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Shadowrun (PC)
  • Games for Windows - LIVE
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