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Windows 7: How well does Windows 7 handle 512MB?

06 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How well does Windows 7 handle 512MB?

I’ve been spending most of my time lately conducting in-depth researching into how Windows 7 works, in preparation for my next book. In the process, I’m discovering stuff that simply doesn’t become apparent to a casual tester. Case in point: Back in 2007, I looked at Windows Vista Home Basic and determined that it could run well on an older machine with limited resources, including 512MB of RAM. I never tried it with Vista Ultimate, nor would I have bothered. And since I don’t have that 2002-vintage test machine set up, I haven’t repeated those tests with Windows 7.

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06 Feb 2009   #2

Windows Vista & Windows 7
 
 

Im running Windows 7 Home Premium on my 5 year old laptop:

HP ZV6000

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.4 GHz processor
512MB RAM
128MB ATI Xpress 200m video (dedicated memory)
8x Dual Layer DVD+/-RW drive
15.4" wide screen (no BrightView)
50 GB 4,200 RPM Hard Drive
12 cell battery


The speed is amazing and is faster than XP
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06 Feb 2009   #3

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

My old comp has 384 MB ram and it wouldn't install.

Gary
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06 Feb 2009   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I installed Windows 7 on an Intel pent III 600mhz w 512mb ram About 2 weeks ago. It works but real slow like a win98 on a 233mhz computer. I can access the internet & my other networked computers okay. But since I have it on 2 faster machines, 1 with 1gb ram (x32) & the x64 with 2gb ram, I am not inclined to send much time on the 600mhz machine.
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06 Feb 2009   #5

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
 
 

This is random, but I am lolling because I jsut remembered an old encarta article about microprocessors I once read that predicted that we might breach the 1ghz barrier by 2010. LOL.
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06 Feb 2009   #6

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by napilopez View Post
This is random, but I am lolling because I jsut remembered an old encarta article about microprocessors I once read that predicted that we might breach the 1ghz barrier by 2010. LOL.
I indeed remember reading that same article. Hilarity to the extreme!

Windows XP runs good under 256MB (oob), and it's possible to optimize it to run with 64MB of RAM (and it will boast speed close to that of a system with 256MB). If Windows 7 is faster than XP (and that's what I hear constantly), it will run on 256MB of RAM.

OS slowdowns are consistent with the amount of memory you waste... by default they try not to use all of your memory and if they do you will be greeted with a warning by Windows.

If things like Aero or the equivelent effects in Windows 7 are on, you will probably require greater than 256MB of RAM.
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06 Feb 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Rather than mess around with hardware -- yanking DIMMs from slots etc. you can just use msconfig to limit the amount of memory that Windows 7 is allowed to use. That way you can see for yourself how it would behave on less memory without much fuss. Open the start menu and type msconfig and press enter.

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This will simulate a computer with 256MB on the next reboot and will go back to normal on the one after that.


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07 Feb 2009   #8

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
Rather than mess around with hardware -- yanking DIMMs from slots etc. you can just use msconfig to limit the amount of memory that Windows 7 is allowed to use. That way you can see for yourself how it would behave on less memory without much fuss. Open the start menu and type msconfig and press enter.

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This will simulate a computer with 256MB on the next reboot and will go back to normal on the one after that.
Excellent find!! -hands a golden Rep cookie-
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07 Feb 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LuzTeTT View Post
Excellent find!! -hands a golden Rep cookie-
Yay! Munch, munch, munch...
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07 Mar 2009   #10

windows7
 
 

This old emachine m5312 has only 512MB. 7 works, but not enough to buy it. There are no video drivers. There are no touch pad drivers. When the beta expires I will load the Jaunty Jackelope, and hope like hell I can get the ?"#%$ Broadcom wireless to work. For some reason XP drops the touchpad function all the time. I AM using 7 on an $8000 homebuilt rig that just loves it. I wonder if my Vista disc that I got for beta testing it will qualify for the upgrade path? Nice website, with many fine contributors, and no tacky trashing. Dale.
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