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Windows 7: Installing Win7 Enterprise 32-bit on a 384 MB machine w/ 8.4 GB limit

16 Jul 2014   #1
VictorVictor5

Win7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 
Installing Win7 Enterprise 32-bit on a 384 MB machine w/ 8.4 GB limit

Greetings all,

Yes I know the title is nuts, but according to here I know the RAM part can be covered:
Install Windows 7 on Computer with Less than 512MB RAM

Now, here's my question - have an old Gateway Solo 9100 with a PII @ 400 MHz with 384 MB of RAM (max) and a 160 GB HDD. Problem is it suffers from an 8.4 GB limit, i.e., the C:\ will only be 8.4 GB or so, but the rest of the drive will be under E:\.

So, any suggestions on installing this? Can it be done? I know I'm nuts but hey I like a challenge!

I do have a Win7 Enterprise SP1 32-bit disc if that helps.

Thanks!
VV5


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16 Jul 2014   #2
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Nope
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16 Jul 2014   #3
VictorVictor5

Win7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply, but I'm just curious on something. Other users were able to install it with lower RAM than mine, and probably a machine just as old. But didn't they suffer from at 8.4 GB (or other HD) limit as well? How did they overcome it then?

VV5
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16 Jul 2014   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Almost certainly NO. And for multiple reasons.

1. 8.4 GB disk space is only half the specified minimum of 16 GB. Most likely the installer would refuse to run.

2. Lack of compatible device drivers. Nobody is going to go to the considerable trouble of writing Windows 7 device drivers for hardware that does not mean the minimum requirements.

3. I doubt the PII CPU would be compatible. Windows 7 specifies a minimum 1 GHZ CPU and the PII never went that high. Almost certainly a more modern CPU would be required.

This is not a complete list.

Edit: When the PII was released 384 MB was a huge amount of RAM. Many P4 systems were sold new with considerably less. I have a 256 MB Pentium 4 system that came with Windows 2000 installed.

From what I remember most PII systems did not have the 8.4 GB disk size limit.
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16 Jul 2014   #5
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VictorVictor5 View Post
Thanks for the reply, but I'm just curious on something. Other users were able to install it with lower RAM than mine, and probably a machine just as old. But didn't they suffer from at 8.4 GB (or other HD) limit as well? How did they overcome it then?

VV5
The 8.4 GB limit was the maximum hard drive size that could be addressed by NT4. You may think this is fun but frankly asking for advice on the forum is wasting everyone's time. Operating systems have minimum specifications for a good reason.
Have a look at this thread for answers to your question:

Oldest "Dinosaur" Running Win7
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16 Jul 2014   #6
VictorVictor5

Win7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 

I was just trying to get my questions answered. I didn't think I was wasting anyone's time.
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16 Jul 2014   #7
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VictorVictor5 View Post
I was just trying to get my questions answered. I didn't think I was wasting anyone's time.
We have answered it for you. It can be done but is a royal pain. Look through the oldest dinosaur thread.
Basically the short answer to your question is no, the long answer is yes if you are prepared to spend a bunch of time messing around and jumping through hoops. There is also the usability factor. The system would take say 5 mins to open a PDF or JPEG file. Really it is a waste of time.
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20 Aug 2014   #8
VictorVictor5

Win7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 

Is anyone out there still monitoring this thread? I'm trying to install Win7 on a machine with 384 MB of RAM and a BIOS limit of 8.4 GB (but it does have a 160 GB drive, and can see the entire volume, but C: is only 8.4 GB).

Currently I have WinXP and Puppy Linux installed on this machine, and I'm up for the challenge of getting Win7 on here.

I have a legal copy of Win7 Enterprise.

First barrier:
When I tried the DVD out (at least the old system recognizes it), I receive a 0xc0000225 not ACPI compatible error.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
VV5
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20 Aug 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

Boot the installer and see. THere's a certain minimum processor power below which it will error out that it can't be installed. I think you're below it. If not then I wouldn't bother with that little RAM. 500mb maybe, 1gb yes, 2gb a surer thing.
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21 Aug 2014   #10
VictorVictor5

Win7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 

Hey Greg,

First - thanks for the response.

Some quick questions since I'm a noob at this.

1.) I think I found a document that says this old chipset (Intel 440BX) is ACPI compliant. Is there any way to check for sure or anyway around it?
2.) When you say "boot the installer" - I was booting from the DVD. Are you meaning to try something else?
3.) How do others on here like DocBrown et.al. get Win7 on less specs than I do?
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