So I finally got around to installing the Microsoft Windows 7 Release Candidate that I downloaded last week.
I know that Microsoft has worked hard to overcome one of Vista’s main challenges: running on relatively low hardware specifications.
Clearly, they’ve achieved that goal based on the screen capture below from my netbook. In fact, they’ve accomplished something that not even Apple has done with Mac OS X, nor has Canonical done with Ubuntu: They have the operating system running without any RAM
! If Microsoft can do that, just think of what’s next: computers without displays that project images right in your mind or entering text using a pen instead of keyboard. Oh wait… OK, I’m joking about the RAM issue
, although I was
surprised to see that Windows 7 didn’t show any RAM in the System section of the Control Panel. Hey, it’s a release candidate, so there are
still going to be bugs, issues and challenges to fix. Besides, so maybe this was Microsoft’s way of trying to make me smile.
You can also see that my MSI Wind with no RAM 2GB of RAM scored a Windows Experience Index of 2.1. That number represents the lowest subscore, which was the Graphics component. Next lowest was the Processor subscore at 2.2. Gaming Graphics was a 3.0 while the Primary Hard Disk score was 4.9. Ironically, the Memory (RAM) score was a respectable 4.5; not bad since I was expecting a big, fat zero!