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Windows 7: can i run win 7 on this hardware?

03 Oct 2010   #1
wakawakamush

Win7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
can i run win 7 on this hardware?

hi,

this is my hardware:

ati radeon 8500 32 mb, 512 ram and pentium 4 1.8 ghz

can i run win 7 on that and will it be fast with disabled aero?


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03 Oct 2010   #2
yowanvista

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

It will run but will be very slow and unresponsive
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03 Oct 2010   #3
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
It will run but will be very slow and unresponsive
And there will be little to no drivers for any of it. That old Raedon 8500 at best will have to use the last XP driver, and if it is an AGP card, then you better hope either the native Windows AGP driver or the last XP one will install and work, or you can forget about the video card driver ever installing.

All things considering, you would be better off waiting on Windows 7 until you have a computer that isn't almost a decade old.
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03 Oct 2010   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wakawakamush View Post
hi,
this is my hardware:
ati radeon 8500 32 mb, 512 ram and pentium 4 1.8 ghz
can i run win 7 on that and will it be fast with disabled aero?
Hello wakawakamush and welcome to SevenForums.
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

If the upgrade advisor, gives you a clean bill of health, then install and then we can worry about performance.

1 GB of ram is the minimum practical amount of ram and 2 GB is much better.
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03 Oct 2010   #5
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

If you already have a windows 7 DVD and just want to test the waters. I think you can install without entering a product code or activating. You should then be able to play around with it for 30 days. You don't want to get your OEM product code tied to it and find out its not usable.
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03 Oct 2010   #6
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

alpha...,
True. In fact, if the computer can't run Win 7 he will get rejected quite early in the game.
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03 Oct 2010   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I suggest doing what karlsnooks has posted. It will save you a lot of time, 512 mgs won't get the job done for sure. I don't think you system will pass in several ways.
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03 Oct 2010   #8
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Yes, I would run the upgrade adviser first. I was assuming he or she would. It'll tell you what drivers you need to hunt up. The minimum system specs listed on this page >
Windows 7 Enterprise | Trial, Evaluation, Test, Download are

Minimum System Requirements*:
  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • DVD-compatible drive
I don't know if it will actually refuse to install on lower specs than that though. Oh and the download on that page is good for 90 days and is from Microsoft so you won't get any bonus extras that you don't want.
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03 Oct 2010   #9
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

alpha.
I don't know if it is still true with the RTM but back in the RC days you could actually run with less than stated minimums.

I would never recommend less that 1 GB and, as previously stated, I consider 2 GB to be a practical minimum, but the Upgrade Advisor will advise him of any and all shortcomings of his computer.
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04 Oct 2010   #10
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

Actually, you can run some OSes at below min requirements, just the performance hit is so bad, that you would pretty much go 'geh' and give up. The minimum specs are generally what is recommended to be functional, and even then, it is not 'ideal' versus the recommended, which tends to be about 2x the memory and sometimes 1.5 to 2x the processor speed.
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