Windstream Changes Minimum System Requirements for DSL Internet Service

  • Comments: 3
  • Written on: January 30th, 2007

Windstream has announced that they will be updating the minimum system requirements for a PC to connect to DSL or DSL lite. Now you must meet the following minimum system requirements to receive support on connection problems from Windstream:

  • Windows 2000, XP, or Vista
  • 300 MHz or Faster Processor
  • 128 MB of RAM Memory
  • 100 MB of Available Hard Disk Space

These requirements are still considered VERY low, especially when new PCs are coming with multiple processors and Gigabytes of memory these days. The more important thing to know about through this transition at Windstream is that they are releasing new connection management software that will be compatible with Windows Vista.

The current version of the Windstream connection software is not compatible with Vista, and the company will not have an updated version of the software available until March 2007. This is a prime example of why we recommend users wait at least one month before upgrading to Vista from XP. This will allow companies like Windstream to catch back up with software that has been properly tested and patched for Vista.

Windstream has said that they will be including paper instructions with the outdated CDs that will be shipped throughout February. These instructions will help Vista users connect without the assistance of the connection management software.

  1. J.T.
    J.T. said on February 2nd, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Another reason people may want to wait to upgrade to Vista is that it often takes Microsoft quite a bit of testing through the public before they get their OS. Right. They didn’t get Win 98 right until Second Edition, and it took them all the way till Service Pack 2 to get XP right.

  2. Vicki Penrod
    Vicki Penrod said on March 28th, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    I bought a new lap top and it has vista on it and the disk for the internet that I have won’t work on it as it is for the Windows XP. How do I make this work?

  3. thorschrock said on March 29th, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Is Windstream your Internet Service Provider? If so, you can call their toll-free number and they will step you through manually setting up your high-speed internet for you.

    Here is their contact information:

    Windstream DSL HELP Desk
    1.888.292.3827

    Windstream Dial-up HELP Desk
    1.800.990.4449

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