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Windows 7: Cannot install Windows 7 on PC with 256 MB RAM

10 Oct 2009   #1
raindrop

Windows 7
 
 
Cannot install Windows 7 on PC with 256 MB RAM

Hi
I followed the forum guide:
Install Windows 7 on Computer with Less than 512MB RAM

however the new ISO will not bypass the RAM limitation.

Can you please advise?

Did anyone upload a working ISO?

PM and help will be highly appreciated


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10 Oct 2009   #2
QuackPot

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Buy some more RAM?

Seriously, it's dirt cheap and 1GB is the respectable minimum these days.
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10 Oct 2009   #3
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by raindrop View Post
Hi
I followed the forum guide:
Install Windows 7 on Computer with Less than 512MB RAM

however the new ISO will not bypass the RAM limitation.

Can you please advise?

Did anyone upload a working ISO?

PM and help will be highly appreciated

With all due respect, did you seriously expect to get a fully functional windows 7 install running, much less any applications, on 256mb of RAM??
I would suggest that you do as QuackPot suggests and invest a few dollars/euros on at least 2GB of ram before proceeding...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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10 Oct 2009   #4
gforce23

Win7 RTM, XP Pro, Arch Linux, Puppy (Quad boot)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by QuackPot View Post
Buy some more RAM?

Seriously, it's dirt cheap and 1GB is the respectable minimum these days.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
With all due respect, did you seriously expect to get a fully functional windows 7 install running, much less any applications, on 256mb of RAM??
Maybe he's doing it for kicks? I have Win7 Starter running like a beaut on a P3 with 352MB RAM.

@raindrop: Pre-patched winsetup.dll files are available on the web. Unfortunately, linking to files that kind of violate MSFT's policy is strictly banned on these forums, so I cannot help you further.
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10 Oct 2009   #5
raindrop

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by raindrop View Post
Hi
I followed the forum guide:
Install Windows 7 on Computer with Less than 512MB RAM

however the new ISO will not bypass the RAM limitation.

Can you please advise?

Did anyone upload a working ISO?

PM and help will be highly appreciated

With all due respect, did you seriously expect to get a fully functional windows 7 install running, much less any applications, on 256mb of RAM??
I would suggest that you do as QuackPot suggests and invest a few dollars/euros on at least 2GB of ram before proceeding...
This is an old laptop that can handle maximum of 256 MB RAM
I have a working Windows 7 Starter Key (from technet)
and I received feedback that the performances on 256 MB are good
in some cases better than XP

due to the old hardware, I have no way to expand the RAM
Can anyone advise?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Oct 2009   #6
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

If you want to run Windows in 256MB of RAM or less, use Windows XP.

Windows 7 performance in 256MB of RAM will be horrific compared to Windows XP.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Oct 2009   #7
Ryan2320

Windows Seven x64
 
 

I know you can install Windows 7 below Minimum Specs but 256MB is low..

Here is Microsoft's System Requirements for Windows 7..LINK

Hope this Helps..
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10 Oct 2009   #8
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ryan2320 View Post
I know you can install Windows 7 below Minimum Specs but 256MB is low..
I agree.

It just isn't going to work good. Even when I disable most of the services, Windows 7 still uses more than 256MB of RAM.

If you look at my profile (pic at the top) you'll see I got Windows XP to run in 84MB of RAM. And that's even with a few unnecessary services running..
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10 Oct 2009   #9
raindrop

Windows 7
 
 

is there anyone that can help in bypass the 512 MB limitation?
is there any Windows 7 tweaker?
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10 Oct 2009   #10
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

raindrop

there is a user here that specializes in things like this. His name is DocBrown. If you search his user name you will find several computers with specs = to yours that worked. If anyone can he can. I PM'ed him the link to this thread.

hope this helps

Ken
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