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Windows 7: Minimum hardware reality check

Windows 7 has suspiciously low minimum hardware requirements - a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Would such a lowly PC would be usable? To find out if Microsoft is quoting a realistic minimum for a Windows 7 machine, Dvice installed the latest beta onto a nine-year-old 1GHz PC with 512MB of RAM. Let's see what happens.

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Bladestar3458d ago

and that's how good Windows 7 is...

xlx-russ_923458d ago

its just like "Vista Compatible" sticker.

Kushan3458d ago

You didn't actually read the article, did you? It runs surprisingly well on their machine.

Xi3457d ago

It wasn't actually microsofts fault, there was high demand from manufactures like asus and bell for their computers to be vista compatable, micrsoft said no. They then threatened to sue microsoft which lead them to develop a very poor oem version of windows where almost all the bugs and problems stem from.

Kushan3458d ago

"So what did it feel like to run Windows 7 on a machine that was even lowlier then the bare minimum? Surprisingly, the battered box browsed web pages in Firefox and Internet Explorer admirably. Even though our RAM was a half-gig below Microsoft's minimum requirement, it could still run a browser without using up all its RAM."

And this was with HALF of the "minimum" RAM required to run the OS, according to Microsoft at least.

reaferfore203457d ago

Yeah I'm guessing the minimum specs are for kinda slow performance...

CrayzeeCarl3457d ago

Exactly what I was thinking. Running ANYTHING on 1/2 the recommended RAM is going to be practically unusable. Swap thrashing, anyone?

Proxy3457d ago (Edited 3457d ago )

The only thing worse than a swap thrashing is an automated Windows update.

"Man, this game has been slow for the last few minutes.... WTF? Why is my computer shutting down!?!"

jay23457d ago

Good to read that, but Who in their right minds would do this with a retail copy.

militant073457d ago

im using it on good laptop the only problem i got is lack of of main memory
only 512

Elven63457d ago

Readyboost should give you a boost (excuse the pun)

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