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Windows 7: Dell Dimension 4300

24 Jul 2015   #11
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

It depends on what you want to be able use the machine for. I ran Win 7 Pro on an Acer Aspire One netbook with a N270 Atom Processor and 1.5G of RAM for about 4 years. The performance was more than adequate for what I was using it for such as spreadsheets, word processing, email, surfing the web, etc... I could even multitask all of these functions at once. What I couldn't do was run CPU or Graphics intensive software such as games.


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24 Jul 2015   #12
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
It depends on what you want to be able use the machine for. I ran Win 7 Pro on an Acer Aspire One netbook with a N270 Atom Processor and 1.5G of RAM for about 4 years. The performance was more than adequate for what I was using it for such as spreadsheets, word processing, email, surfing the web, etc... I could even multitask all of these functions at once. What I couldn't do was run CPU or Graphics intensive software such as games.
I have an Asus E PC Atom 1.7ghz 2 gb ram and it has an SSD which makes it very usable with long battery life. But these are "modern" machines compared to those old Dell PC's so it is easier to do basic stuff on. No you don't game on them either.
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24 Jul 2015   #13
MarcSayer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & x32
 
 

Well for me, I am working on someone's computer for them, so the choice is theirs. The upgraded machine does all they need now, so spending twice as much would not have made any sense for them. May as well ask, why spend $100k to remodel your home when you can spend $200k to buy a new one? The answer seems obvious to some and obscure to others. But the key to making any decision is access to information. Which is why I posted. Of course a newer computer is a better option in terms of tech. And mostly I build newer stuff. Not current stuff, but much newer than this. There is a sweet spot between bleeding edge tech and low cost older stuff. Obviously this machine is outside that sweet spot. But it is a workable option for some, and I found so much confusing info out there (or downright wrong info) that I thought I'd offer some reliable, tested info for folks to be able to make a choice. I was unsure if Win 7 would be functional on this machine, but I tested it and it actually works pretty well. The other alternative in this case was to reinstall XP, which I felt was a much worse option for an internet facing machine.
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