Checking the Capabilities of the Computer
To run the Visual Basic.NET Express 2005 program, it is necessary to have a computer that meets the following minimum criteria. It must
* be of the type operating under Windows NT, 2000 or XP (Home or Pro)
* have a Pentium III or 600MHz processor or better.
* have 192 MB or more of random access memory (RAM) available (256 MG recommended)
* have 1.3 GB of free hard drive space available to store the program if it is not already installed.
* have 100 MB of student storage area for projects.
Note: If you are going to use Visual Basic.NET Express 2008 you must have the latest version of XP or VISTA operating system and addition memory.
To find this information about a computer follow the following steps.
1. Turn on the computer and wait for the desktop to appear. If in the startup process you see the Windows 3.1, 95 or 98 logo then your machine is inadequate for the task.
At school, you will have to have an account set up for you. If you are reading this, it has probably already happened unless you are using someone else's account. (You need a special kind of account. See your network administrator about getting an account with "Debugger" rights to your network space.
2. With your mouse pointer <right click> on the MyComputer icon and select the properties option.
NOTE: If you don't have the, MyComputer, icon on the desktop you may find it by clicking the left mouse button on the green start button on the bottom left corner of your screen. MyComputer may appear in the list on the right side of the window that opens there. Again, some school computers may not allow you access to the resources on the local hard drive. In that case, you'll need to ask your network manager or computer science teacher which computers have the necessary resources installed.