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Setting up your computer

To make sure your computer is set up, finely-tuned, and optimized to run Microsoft® Expression Blend™, please read through the following items.

System requirements

Operating system: Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Windows Vista™
Processor: 1.0 GHz with MMX or equivalent
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Available hard disk space: 350 MB
Display: Capable of 1024 x 768 monitor resolution with 24-bit color
Video Card: Microsoft DirectX® 9-capable video card with 256 MB or more of memory—for example, ATI Radeon® X300 or NVIDIA® GeForce™ 5600 class equivalent or better.

Installation notes

To get hardware accelerated performance from .NET Framework 3.0 and Expression Blend, make sure you have a recent graphics driver installed. Check your display adapter for the following settings:


After installing Expression Blend, you will be presented with a dialog box containing 2 options:

Tip You can enter a product key at anytime during your trial period by clicking Enter Product Key on the Help menu.