You’ll need the following hardware and software to build and run the code
samples for this book:
It is recommended that you use a development machine such as a laptop or desktop computer. The minimum requirements for this development machine are as follows:
Personal computer with 600 MHz Pentium III-compatible processor (1 GHz or more recommended)
512 MB of RAM (1GB or more recommended)
200 MB free hard disk space for the MSRS installation
Up to 1.3 GB free hard disk space may be required when installing the Visual Studio Express Edition
Super VGA (1024 X 768) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor
Internal graphics card capable of supporting vertex shader VS_2_0 or higher and pixel shader PS_2_0or higher (needed to run the simulations in Chapter 4)
Keyboard and Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device
You will need to install the full version of MSRS, which is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center site. As long as you use MSRS to follow along with the examples in this book and do not use it for commercial distribution purposes, you may download and install it for free. You will also need a copy of Visual Studio installed on your development machine. If you do not already have a copy installed, you can download an Express Edition from the Microsoft Web site for free.
Installing the Code Samples
After you download the code samples file to your computer, run the installer and
follow the instructions that appear.
Uninstalling the Code Samples
To remove the code samples from your computer, make the appropriate selection
from Add Or Remove Programs in the Control Panel.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the book and the companion
As corrections or changes are collected, they will be added to a Microsoft Knowledge
Base article. You can find Knowledge Base articles and other support options at
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