Tinkerer Squeezes Windows 7 Onto Pentium II System
June 23, 2009 11:50 AM
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One screenshot is worth a thousand words, in this case.
(Source: The Windows Club forums)
Hacker is eager to push the new OS onto a Pentium system next
released a tool
that suggests to users whether or not to upgrade to Windows 7, Microsoft's hot new OS. However, it appears that the actual hardware requirements may be much lower than Microsoft's suggestions if you have enough determination.
A user on
The Windows Club
's forum has cooked up the
ultimate low-end Windows 7 setup
. The user who goes by "hackerman1" has managed to squeeze a working, bootable Windows 7 install onto a machine with a blazing fast 266 MHz Pentium II processor, a whopping 96 MB of SDRAM memory, and a high-tech 4 MB video card.
The enthusiast first used 128 MB of RAM, then pushed the total down to 96 MB. A subsequent push for 64 MB proved too much -- Windows 7 needs at least 96 MB to function properly.
Not to be content, the user is now working on a new setup, trying to install Windows 7 on a Pentium I machine featuring a 166 MHz CPU paired with a 1 MB graphics card. He's also considered trying to make the new fancy graphics wrapping -- Aero -- work on the Pentium II setup.
Don't expect a quick install, though -- a Pentium III-based system install took 17 continuous hours, and the Pentium II install likely took much, much more. The Pentium III based system boots in a mere 17 minutes.
While perhaps not very practical, hackerman1's quest/obsession with putting Microsoft's newest on some rather outdated hardware provides a nice illustration of the new OS's smaller footprint. The new OS is reported to have consolidated processes, lowered memory requirements, and reduced install size from Windows Vista, allowing it to be
installed on netbooks
and other non-Vista-ready machines.
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RE: Article has a misleading title
6/24/2009 12:42:43 PM
In my case, our old family computer that was bought in 1994 had the following:
AST Advantage (I wonder what ever happened to that company?)
486 DX/2 50 MHz
4 MB RAM (fast-page, if I remember correctly)
480 MB hard drive
In the end, it was upgraded to:
486 DX/4 100 MHz
32 MB RAM
56 K v90 modem
6.4 GB hard drive (my first lesson in FAT32)
Windows 98 and...
...a 2x2x16 Memorex CD burner!!!! Woot!!! w. NTI CD burning software!!!
So yes, a board/BIOS capable of running a 486 can use larger hard drives (I'm sure it wouldn't know what to do with the 32 GB cap, though...).
Retired it in 1999 (too long, of course) and built a machine with a Celeron 333 MHz w. 128 MB of RAM (everything else above the same).
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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