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Microsoft way overdid the minimum requirements for 7. As of now I have been able to get windows 7 to run decently with nothing installed except the os on a computer with a PIII slot 1 550mhz, 256mb of ram and a piece of trash video card w/ only 4mb of video ram. At idle the cpu runs at 2% and the ram at 56%. Of course you can't run Aero and all of its glory in that, but the fact that windows 7 still functions decently is rather interesting.
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I dont find it that amazing TBH. It will work just slower.
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I'm not too suprised either, you won't realise how slow it really is until you try it on a real PC though.
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Yea, I had it on a 1.1 ghz Socket 370 Celeron with 384mb RAM and 1 meg shared Video.
It worked, but it was horribly slow, even just surfing the internet.

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Edited by blupupher - 1/16/10 at 1:53pm
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Real tested absolute minimum system requirements for Win7 are:

- Pentium II 233Mhz Klamath
- 128MB RAM (512MB during installation)




http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/9...x63233ax63.jpg
http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/1482/w7ax63233b.jpg
http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/1937/w7ax63233a.jpg

Of course CPU is busy 100% all the time. Without any idle performance is really bad , but i did this test to estimate how low platform can carry W7 core for embedded implementation.

On old industrial motherboard Advantech PCA-6178 with CPU P3 850Mhz + 512MB RAM it worked acceptable for some simple application.

Cya.
Edited by Tomasz.Malewski - 5/31/10 at 1:04pm
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Originally Posted by spartan2012197 View Post
Microsoft way overdid the minimum requirements for 7. As of now I have been able to get windows 7 to run decently with nothing installed except the os on a computer with a PIII slot 1 550mhz, 256mb of ram and a piece of trash video card w/ only 4mb of video ram. At idle the cpu runs at 2% and the ram at 56%. Of course you can't run Aero and all of its glory in that, but the fact that windows 7 still functions decently is rather interesting.
You have to understand that Microsoft's intention for operating system requirements also has to factor in user experience. They might have overdid it on what is necessary to run the OS, but user experience is a very subjective topic. I think their minimum system requirements are reasonable in order to provide a minimally-accepted user-experience level for the general public.
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