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Windows 7: How Old is Too Old?

06 Nov 2009   #1
TJR357

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
How Old is Too Old?

On how old of a machine could a person install Windows 7 Pro?
I know there are minimum requirements, but that was also the case with Vista, XP, etc., and one could always tweak Windows to work on the legacy hardware (by removing the flash/pizazz, etc.)
We have a lot of legacy hardware in our office, varying in hard drive sizes, with anywhere between 256 to a gig of ram.
Everything is running XP Pro now.


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06 Nov 2009   #2
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I shudder slightly at the thought of running XP on a PC with 256MB of RAM. I've seen it on a couple of machines (new in 2002) lately, and both suffered delays which appeared to be due to excessive use of virtual memory. 512MB was better. 1GB was much better.

You may be able to get Win7 to run on machine with less than the stated requirements. Finding usable drivers may be the main concern.

I recommend that you stay with XP. It'd be much more useful to upgrade the RAM in each machine to 512M or more. I forget how long Microsoft will continue to support XP at the current level, but I believe that it's at least four years.
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06 Nov 2009   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Microsoft is supporting XP until 2014. If I were you, with the machines you stated....I'd stick with XP.
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06 Nov 2009   #4
TJR357

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Microsoft is supporting XP until 2014. If I were you, with the machines you stated....I'd stick with XP.
Ouch, they're really supporting XP 'till 2014. That's sooo long for that particular OS. No one will upgrade if it just stays around forever.
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06 Nov 2009   #5
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJR357 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Microsoft is supporting XP until 2014. If I were you, with the machines you stated....I'd stick with XP.
Ouch, they're really supporting XP 'till 2014. That's sooo long for that particular OS. No one will upgrade if it just stays around forever.
The reason for the long support cycle is the business that just bought XP in the last year or so, and the other companies that plan to wait until Windows 7 has a service pack out and is tested. This gives MS time to make some cash off the service agreements for XP since its been around awhile and Windows 7 proves its self to the business groups that like to drag their feet with all due respect.
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07 Nov 2009   #6
TJR357

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I shudder slightly at the thought of running XP on a PC with 256MB of RAM. I've seen it on a couple of machines (new in 2002) lately, and both suffered delays which appeared to be due to excessive use of virtual memory. 512MB was better. 1GB was much better.

You may be able to get Win7 to run on machine with less than the stated requirements. Finding usable drivers may be the main concern.

I recommend that you stay with XP. It'd be much more useful to upgrade the RAM in each machine to 512M or more. I forget how long Microsoft will continue to support XP at the current level, but I believe that it's at least four years.
So if you strip down the graphics, and have your theme as "Classic", there's no reason that Windows 7 shouldn't run on an older machine with 512 m of RAM then...
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07 Nov 2009   #7
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJR357 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I shudder slightly at the thought of running XP on a PC with 256MB of RAM. I've seen it on a couple of machines (new in 2002) lately, and both suffered delays which appeared to be due to excessive use of virtual memory. 512MB was better. 1GB was much better.

You may be able to get Win7 to run on machine with less than the stated requirements. Finding usable drivers may be the main concern.

I recommend that you stay with XP. It'd be much more useful to upgrade the RAM in each machine to 512M or more. I forget how long Microsoft will continue to support XP at the current level, but I believe that it's at least four years.
So if you strip down the graphics, and have your theme as "Classic", there's no reason that Windows 7 shouldn't run on an older machine with 512 m of RAM then...
If you really want to know...ask DocBrown

He ran Windows 7 on a dual core Pentium II and easily on Pentinum III and above
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07 Nov 2009   #8
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

The available XP support available until 2014 is security fixes only and paid support so this may well tempt some to upgrade
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