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Windows 7: Does Windows 7 install and works perfectly with 512 MB RAM?


02 Dec 2012   #1

Windows XP SP3
 
 
Does Windows 7 install and works perfectly with 512 MB RAM?

I'd installed windows XP about 3 months ago because of a faulty RAM, and now would like to switch back to Windows 7. And now I have only 512 MB of RAM left. So, my question is that will windows 7 handle 512 MB perfectly or will it run slowly?


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02 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by basitr846 View Post
I'd installed windows XP about 3 months ago because of a faulty RAM, and now would like to switch back to Windows 7. And now I have only 512 MB of RAM left. So, my question is that will windows 7 handle 512 MB perfectly or will it run slowly?
You can run the update advisor for a baseline test, but 512 MB is below the recommended ram. Visit the following site for more details;

Windows 7 system requirements - Microsoft Windows

HTH
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02 Dec 2012   #3

7 x64
 
 

Yes it will run slowly if it installs and runs at all.
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02 Dec 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

I wouldn't even bother as experiments I did early on couldn't even run an A/V with that little RAM.

However the same machines when brought up to 1gb RAM could run smoothly after you Optimize Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums and Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

So spec your RAM precisely and at least double it first .
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02 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Most likely you'll have troubles and slowdowns when running anything more complex than notepad

The "official" minimum memory for Windows 7 is 1GB and for good real-life performance I would not go below 2GB really. 512MB is a long way from that. For that system, it's much better stay with XP.
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02 Dec 2012   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Personally I think what Greg said is probably on the money mate anymore than a boot is going to chew that RAM up.

I run an oldish tester witha Q9650 quad core ona board that only accepts 4GB and it is a slow boot and when everything is up and running I am always over 2GB RAM used.
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12 Dec 2012   #7

Windows XP SP3
 
 

Thanks to everyone for their helpful advices, now I have doubled the RAM and now I am running Windows 7 again.
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12 Dec 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Good to know. On the step in Optimize tutorial to edit visual effects, you can save a lot of RAM and have hardly any noticeable change by editing out fading, sliding, animation, dragging intact and selection rectangle.
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13 Dec 2012   #9

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Good stuff mate and as Greg says don't forget the Bible LOL!!

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