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Windows 7: Will Windows 7 run smoothly on a non-powerful computer?


16 Apr 2009   #1

Windows XP Professional
 
 
Will Windows 7 run smoothly on a non-powerful computer?

Will Windows 7 run smoothly on a non-powerful computer?

what if a PC has this:

Intel Pentium 4, 3.00GHz
512mb DDR2 RAM
98mb Intel Extreme Graphics
80GB Hard Disk

I've tried Windows Vista Ultimate on this computer, and it runs fine but without it's Windows Aero Interface. I also experience problems running games and different programs on it.

I've heard that Windows 7 is lighter than Vista, so will Windows 7 run smoothly on this computer?


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16 Apr 2009   #2

 
 

Windows 7 will run smoother than Vista on this configuration. You will again lose the Aero effect but games sould run smoother as there are less resources being used.
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16 Apr 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I was running the x86 on a laptop with Celeron M (1.5GHz) CPU, 512MB RAM, & integrated GFX, and it wasnt great to be honest. I upped it to 2Gig RAM. and it is not bad at all now.

If you persevere with 512MB, as OS says you will lose the aero effect.

It works but you really need to be quite patient IMO.
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16 Apr 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by deathstriker View Post
Will Windows 7 run smoothly on a non-powerful computer?

what if a PC has this:

Intel Pentium 4, 3.00GHz
512mb DDR2 RAM
98mb Intel Extreme Graphics
80GB Hard Disk

I've tried Windows Vista Ultimate on this computer, and it runs fine but without it's Windows Aero Interface. I also experience problems running games and different programs on it.

I've heard that Windows 7 is lighter than Vista, so will Windows 7 run smoothly on this computer?
It's your gfx and ram that your going to have problems with. Is a laptop or desktop?
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16 Apr 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I'd say windows 7 is as lightweight as xp, I got old rig with 1.2ghz processor with only graphics chip integrated to mobo and 1gb ram, and xp ran pretty much as fast as windows 7 currently.
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16 Apr 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by deathstriker View Post
Will Windows 7 run smoothly on a non-powerful computer?

what if a PC has this:

Intel Pentium 4, 3.00GHz
512mb DDR2 RAM
98mb Intel Extreme Graphics
80GB Hard Disk

I've tried Windows Vista Ultimate on this computer, and it runs fine but without it's Windows Aero Interface. I also experience problems running games and different programs on it.

I've heard that Windows 7 is lighter than Vista, so will Windows 7 run smoothly on this computer?
I have run the 32 bit version of every build since 7022 and the 64 bit of two versions.

The specs on that box is: Pentium 4 3Ghz, 512 MB ram, ATI radeon 200 164MB (i think) so almost the same as yours. They have all been fine. I would get a 2 or 4 GB flash drive and run readyboost and it's even better. Good luck! You'll be fine with that machine.
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16 Apr 2009   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I run Windows 7 on a virtual machine and it runs nice. So, it'll run just fine on your config.

VM :
Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (only one core - the second is for the host OS - here Vista)
768MB of RAM
VMware graphic card DirectX 9 with 3D acceleration.
28GB of (V)HD.

lol... don't even use it... it was just for the kick on using it on minimal resources.
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16 Apr 2009   #8

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
 
 

It should run decently on that machine. The only thing I would recommend is upgrading the ram to at least 1 GB if possible. In my experience 7 runs at least as well as XP on old computers if they have 1GB of ram or more
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16 Apr 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nikkeli View Post
I'd say windows 7 is as lightweight as xp, I got old rig with 1.2ghz processor with only graphics chip integrated to mobo and 1gb ram, and xp ran pretty much as fast as windows 7 currently.
Once it is up and running it is as fast but I would not say it is as light on resources. Don't get me wrong here mate I'm the biggest Windows 7 fan there is and yes it is as fast if not the fastest os out there but it does need more to actually get it up and running.
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16 Apr 2009   #10

Vista H.P. SP1 x32 Seven RC x64
 
 

Little off-topic

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lebon14 View Post
VM :
Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (only one core - the second is for the host OS - here Vista)

Why separate Core for guest and host ?
You have a Core 2 Duo E6600 with hardware acceleration of Virtualization (Intel V-T) You should have better perf with the both core running on both OS (host and guest). The CPU and the virtualisation software know better than you how to manage proccess over the core.
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