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Old 08-29-2010, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Augusta, Maine
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You are suggesting that he put WINDOWS 7 on a computer originaly built for 98!?

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Old 08-29-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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You are suggesting that he put WINDOWS 7 on a computer originaly built for 98!?

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Your response tells me that you haven't used Windows 7 very much. I've seen Windows 7 run amazing on machines built for Windows 95. It's WAY lighter than you think it is.

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YouTube is awash with videos of Windows 7 running on DIRT old hardware. If his machine can run Windows 2000 with nary a problem, XP will work at first...but it will get progressively worse, whereas 7 will run solid for quite some time.

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Old 08-29-2010, 10:47 AM
 
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Ok, I knew 7 was light, but I didn't know it was that light. I have not had much experience with 7, because XP serves me fine. I guess I will take your word for it...................
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:53 AM
 
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Ok, I knew 7 was light, but I didn't know it was that light. I have not had much experience with 7, because XP serves me fine. I guess I will take your word for it...................
Put it this way. I work in IT, MCSA, MCTS, and I've yet to see a machine that can't run Windows 7. It's insane. If some hacker ever got down to the bones of the iPad, I'm convinced it could run 7 natively.

Coming from years of OS's where hardware upgrades were absolutely necessary, it was a shock for me to see an OS where it just didn't matter.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Augusta, Maine
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Cool...................so a machine with a 500mhz p2 and 124mb of RAM could run windows 7????
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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Cool...................so a machine with a 500mhz p2 and 124mb of RAM could run windows 7????
It can...it's been done. But it's not an ideal experience. slow boot times and such. But it IS possible. And it does take some finagling. Like "Tricking" Windows into thinking it's got more RAM installed than it does or hex editing certain files to bypass the RAM detector in the installer.

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There are extreme limits, but the point is that Windows 7 is quite adaptive.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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166 MHz & 128 MB of ram? What a power hog! XP has been shown to run at 8MHz and 20 MB ram ...

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Old 08-30-2010, 10:40 AM
 
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I love these backwards techno projects, it's like making a Corvette run with a Pinto engine...genius.
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:14 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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The OP wants to know if his copy of XP will run on his hardware. If he said he wanted to buy a copy of Windows 7, I missed it. Until we hear back from him with the processor speed, amount of RAM, hard disk size/free space, and available CD drive, it will not be possible to answer his question. In my opinion, a processor would need to run at least 1.8 GHz and the computers would need AT LEAST 1 GB on RAM to run Windows XP decently. Obviously, a CD drive is needed to do the installation and a few gigs of hard disk space is required both for the installation and the operation of the system after it is installed.
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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I love these backwards techno projects, it's like making a Corvette run with a Pinto engine...genius.
It is mostly silly. But it's also enlightening. Some are just obscene (running Windows 7 on a machine that was state of the art 20 years ago), but some are pretty good, like running on a machine with 512MB of max RAM and a fairly slow processor and getting decent performance out of it. It highlights Microsoft's attempt to defray the need to upgrade to newer hardware for the most basic of users which can never be a bad thing.
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