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Windows 7: Oldest "Dinosaur" Running Win7

13 May 2010   #131


my sister old pc

windows me
4gb hdd ( we have 32gb flash drive now)
intel pentium (4got what number)
floppy drive ( 1 floppy for like 100kb)
classic theme ( no custom theme can be applied LOL)
only workable prog (microsoft word 03)

shes angry when i say my flash drive is better

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13 May 2010   #132

Quad Boot Tablet PC

I got Win7 installed:

P3 450MHz, 384MB RAM (64+64+128+128), 15GB Hard Drive, 4MB AGP Card, but the video looked worse than 4 bit.

I will not place a better video card in this machine. In fact I have about 10 similarly spec'd machines that I would have loved to put Win7 on, but since I do not have good video cards, I'll have to keep them with XP.

Its too bad, the install time was just about 1 hour (could clone the HD after), startup time is acceptable, and the OS itself runs smoother than XP.
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15 May 2011   #133

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Windows 7 Ultimate is running quite well on my mom's PC.

It is an old Dell Dimension 4500S, shipped as:

Dell i845G motherboard
Celeron (Northwood) 1.7GHz
128MB PC2100
Intel Extreme Graphics

Following the addition of a 1GB stick of PC3200, Windows 7 was installed and functional on it with all eye candy disabled.

The system has been largely overhauled now.

Dell i845G motherboard
Pentium 4 (Northwood) 3.06GHz
2GB PC2100
nVidia Geforce FX5200

The FX5200 is, for all practical purposes, the best GPU this system can ever support. The motherboard or BIOS has some strange issue with cards that use a PCI-E to AGP/PCI bridge, so I can't just dump a cheap PCI card into it. nVidia's Geforce FX cards were always quite terrible at DX9 performance, and Aero is no exception. At 1920x1080, transparency must be disabled for the OS to perform smoothly. At lower resolutions, the FX5200 would be fine; 1080p is just a bit too much for an ancient low-end card, though.
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27 Aug 2012   #134

Windows 7 Professional x32
Win7 Dinosaur

I ve got Win 7 Pro running on my compaq Deskpro EN SFF 350mhz processor 6GB hard drive 512mb Ram ATI Rage Pro GPU beat that!!
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27 Aug 2012   #135

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1

What have you got for a display? An etch-a-sketch?
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28 Aug 2012   #136

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bradley981 View Post
I ve got Win 7 Pro running on my compaq Deskpro EN SFF 350mhz processor 6GB hard drive 512mb Ram ATI Rage Pro GPU beat that!!
How's that possible?
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28 Aug 2012   #137

Windows 7 Professional x32

I have know idea I got my friend to do it, he is real awesome with things like that. There is a downside, it won't run aero
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28 Aug 2012   #138

Windows 7 Professional x32

He also completely modified my Toshiba satellite Pro L500 it is completely modified with new HardDrive, Ram and 4GB dedi graphics, running Windows 7 Pro x32
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04 Oct 2012   #139
Big Monstro

Windows 7


For testing purpose, I installed Windows 7 on that computer :

  • Celeron processor clocked at 700 MHz, socket 370
  • 512 MB of RAM (SDRAM 100 MHz)
  • integrated graphic chipset (32 MB from the RAM)
  • 8 GB Hard Disk (PATA Seagate 5400 rpm)
  • CD driver (not compatible with DVD)
  • gigabyte motherboard with Intel 810 chipset

Not the oldest PC with Windows 7 of course, but it's still well below the official system requirements.

Due to the limitations of graphic card (limited to DirectX 6), I obviously cannot enjoy Aero Glass, but it's not compulsory to use Windows 7.

The hardware compatibility is pretty good : only the graphic card and sound card weren't natively recognized (resolution limited at 640x480 and no sound) but the problem was quickly resolved : I just installed old graphic driver from Intel website and sound driver from Windows Update to make everything work.

To make a real test, I often used this computer during the last three months (opera and office are installed too). It's really slow but usable for browsing if you are patient (just make sure that flash player is disabled).

Finally, here more details about WEI (The HD WEI is surprisingly high, but the rest is virtually at the minimum level)

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04 Oct 2012   #140

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

lol dam you.. is it a panasonic toughbook cf28? those are the only comps i know with p3 600mhz
i have like 3 of those and another 28 with 1ghz and 1gb ram

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Here is my Oldasaurus An Intel Pentium III 600mhz processor, I had 512mb ram, but I found another 256mb chip to add to it. Installed Build 7127 on a 40gb IDE Hard Drive. It runs, I have email, & SevenForums ! I got till March 2010 to see if it keeps running. Plus I only gave $ 9.99 for it at a Thrift Store.
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