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Windows 7: Windows 7 on Pentium 4 2.80GHz Laptop

09 Apr 2010   #1

Windows XP
Windows 7 on Pentium 4 2.80GHz Laptop

I have a HP Pavilion ze5200 laptop wit a Pentium 4 2.80GHZ processor and was wondering if I can install Windows 7 on it. Right now it has only 512MB of memory and the highest I can go is 1GB on this machine.

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09 Apr 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

You'll need the following to run Windows 7

1ghz processor (Either x86 or x64)
1GB of ram (2GB 64-BIT)
DirectX 9 Compatible Video Card
16GB HD Space

Keep in mind, that's the bare minimum. If you want to have access to all features you may need more resources... I.E.

Aero and GFX Intensive APPS >> Decent GFX Card (256MB Ram, DX9, PCIe at the minimum)
XP Mode >> Extra 1GB Ram, Extra 15GB HD Space, Processor that supports hardware virtulization w/ Intel VTor AMD-V turned on.

In other words, according to MS, you're not capable of running W7 at the moment. You'd need an extra 512MB of ram and possibly a new video card and/or hard drive. If you have the cash, Id suggest building yourself a new computer. You can build a rig that'll play almost any game out there for about $500. (That's not including monitor, keyboard, mouse,speakers, headphones, etc)
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09 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64


Be sure to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor before you buy.
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03 Jul 2014   #4

Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.2
Re: Windows 7 on Pentium 4 2.8ghz

You actually have a good setup

Windows 7 x86 requirements:
1.20ghz processing speed
8mbs Video Memory

Your computer will work fine on Windows 7.

(Will be a little slow)
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03 Jul 2014   #5

Windows 10 Pro X64

(Will be a little slow)
That is what is known as an understatement :)
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03 Jul 2014   #6

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

I once installed Win 7 on a 1 Ghz Pentium 3 with 512M RAM. It ran fine but of course was limited as to how much multi-tasking it could do. It could handle "normal" stuff like email, web surfing, word processing, etc...
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03 Jul 2014   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Max out the memory, Windows 7 will run better then anything else, well maybe not windows 98
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03 Jul 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP


1gb max RAM will be a little slow even with the lightest weight AV MSE.

It will not hang as long as this four year old thread, though.
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04 Jul 2014   #9

Windows 10 Pro X64

Urk!!! I missed the age of the thread, sorry.
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