Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

The term vanilla is used to describe hardware or software which has only the default specifications and no add-ons or changes. For example, a stock nVidia video card might be described as "vanilla." In contrast, a "non-vanilla" video card might use a nVidia chipset with modifications or additions by a third-party manufacturer. When referring to software, vanilla could refer to a vanilla version of the Microsoft Windows operating system and not the version of Microsoft Windows packaged with an OEM computer.

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