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16 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64bit sp1 OEM, ubuntu 11.04, windows xp home edition sp3 32bit
 
 
Can a pentium d run windows 7

Hello,
I bought windows 7 32 bit to run on my pentium 4.the microsoft page said it could run it. when i put it in, it took 4 hours to install. the rate was 2.4 GHz. I now dont trust that page. I'm upgrading to a pentium d running at 3GHz. I would like to hear from people running or have used a pentium d. Please help


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16 Aug 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The 4 hours installation time sounds excessive. There must have been another problem (maybe updates?). The pentium should be very capable to run Windows 7. I have seen it run on lesser CPUs (take all the netbooks with their single core 1.6GHz Atom processors as an example).

The upgrade may help a little, but the key is the speed of the disk. If you can afford it, add a 60GB SSD to the box - just for the OS. That will speed thing up significantly. You are looking at around $100 for the SSD.
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16 Aug 2011   #3

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How much RAM do you have?
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16 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 sp1
 
 

At work I managed to get win 7 enterprise x86 working with Pentium D with 512mb ram. It was just experiment but the surprise was that Windows 7 worked better than win XP pro almost in every aspect. So I leave it with Windows 7.
With one of my colleagues tried that trick to one AMD based machine with 1GB ram but with one core processor at 1.6Ghz - it was fail. I meant, it wasn`t fast as that pentium pc.
Apparently win 7 work well with fast cpu/small ram but is not so good with weak cpu/ more ram.
At least for us
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16 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 home premium 64bit sp1 OEM, ubuntu 11.04, windows xp home edition sp3 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wilywombat View Post
How much RAM do you have?
I had a .5 gigs of ram in there when i installed
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16 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I agree with WHS--It might have been the updates. Windows 7 Pro took about 15-20 minutes to install on this machine then the updates started. About an hour or so later it was smokin' fast. 22 second boots and 8 second shut downs.
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16 Aug 2011   #7

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dodge2461 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wilywombat View Post
How much RAM do you have?
I had a .5 gigs of ram in there when i installed
.5GBs of RAM is below Windows specs. The minimum specs are:

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1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
I would imagine that this is a factor. You might scan over the rest of the specs to see how they stack up:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...m-requirements
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16 Aug 2011   #8

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

I installed Win 7 on a 1Ghz P3 with 512M RAM and have installed it on several 3Ghz P4's with 1G of RAM. None of them took 4 hours to install.
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16 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

I installed windows 7 32 on a Dimension 9150, Pentium D, 2GB RAM, works fine but rather slow.
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17 Aug 2011   #10

win7
 
 

It also depends on what other devices such as graphics or sound cards you have fitted as they all use system RAM to some degree. Also depends if you are doing an upgrade or clean install. Seekmeister has got it right with the minimum specs, you would be better getting a RAM upgrade to at least minimum spec and your system should be fine. One of my machines is running windows 7 32 bit pro using an old Athlon 2300 processor with 2 gigs RAM.
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