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Windows 7 and 256MB of RAM


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#1 patbox

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 06:32 PM

How much sense does it make to put Windows 7 on a PC with 256 MB of RAM?

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The reason I want to do it, is because I want to give that PC to my parents, and my parents will NOT be able to work in LINUX, so I need install there are free Windows 7 for the time being.

Alternatively: Any OS that are free and would be userfriendly for older people?
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Posted 04 May 2009 - 07:43 PM

Hi patbox,

you can join the questions and answers box here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 12:14 AM

Installing Windows 7 on a computer with 256MB or RAM really isn’t ideal. Here are the specs for the RC:
• 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
• 1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
• 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
• DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 01:30 AM

Idle, immediately after boot, Windows 7 will use much more than 256MB memory. Even a system with 512MB wouldn't be worth running.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 01:58 AM

256MB of RAM? I paid the same price for that on my first Dell back in 2002, and i got my new one in 2008, but with 2 GB.
RAM prices have come down alot, if you need just a "basic" computer, you can find one for probably less than $400 nowadays.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 02:15 AM

I would consider to upgrade the ram or the choose a windows-like linux distro (in the linux/unix section of the forum you can find some excellent information and a link to a test of what distro is fit for you).

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 10:17 AM

id get a cheap copy of XP and another 256Mb of RAM wont cost much at all.....

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:30 PM

Thanks for the valuable advice to all of you.

Here is the deal. XP is probably more expensive than an extra 1 GB RAM. So the I rather get 1 GB RAM and free Windows 7 for 1 year.

But I am worried about the other requirements: not sure the processor on the old notebook, or the graphic card could cope with windows 7.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 03:07 AM

Post the full spec and im sure someone will tell you, but as you mentioned the word notebook i dont see it being able to deal with 7 myself as notebooks are genually just for light weight use.

Im sure if you looked around enough you could find windows XP for a reasonable amount.

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 12:13 PM

Thanks for the valuable advice to all of you.

Here is the deal. XP is probably more expensive than an extra 1 GB RAM. So the I rather get 1 GB RAM and free Windows 7 for 1 year.

But I am worried about the other requirements: not sure the processor on the old notebook, or the graphic card could cope with windows 7.


You're correct here. The RAM isn't going to cost you much at all - quite honestly RAM is incredibly cheap these days and can be replaced fairly easily. The two sticking points for you, with a laptop especially would be the proc and graphics processing power.

I posted the full requirements above, which are directly from the Microsoft Windows 7 site.

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