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    Running here on an Intel 845G chipset 2.8GHz Pentium 4 with 1GB RAM, and is perfectly acceptable on that.

    The only problem is that the Intel chipset can't run my desired widescreen resolution, but that's not a W7 issue.

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    It works--barely on a pretty old machine

    Took me weeks, but I finally got Windows 7 running, albeit slowly, on a machine I built back in 2000 or 2001, a PIII 866 MHz, with 512K RAM. Running it on 2nd HDD with dual boot setup (Have XP Pro on C drive, WIN 7 on D Drive. Had no DVD drive, but was able to use a free virtual clone drive program on win 7 forum post to install--although I had to first delete all partitions, reinstall both XP and then reformat and install win7 on D drive. Installation was about an hour. Video card, and older ATI Radeon with 64 MB of old video ram seems not able to handle the finer aspects of the display, but still looks pretty good on a 19 inch flat panel monitor--I am running it at 1024-768 instead of what would be 1280X1040 or something, cause it's just too slow otherwise. I cannot run a screen saver, tells me my video card won't support it, which is surprising to me with the default screen savers included. Sound card, SB live value did not work or even be detected, but finally with help of the win 7 forum I found universal wdm drivers that work, ta da! I'm connecting via wired powerline ethernet bridge and this works seamlessly, not using wireless, no internal wireless card. Not connected as of yet to a printer. This is just a spare machine for experimenting. I think it needs more ram and upgraded video to really be all that useable for anything but emergency internet browsing, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midiexpert View Post
    512K RAM.
    Phwooaaarrrr!.

    Only messing, good effort. We've not taken the plunge or experimented or even talked about experimenting here with 7. Likely we'll stick with XP for the long haul, or maybe run it out to one of the more capable rooms... Hmmm...

    ...Dammit, got me thinking now...

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    Runs fine on my spare Athlon 3500+ PC at home (2GB RAM) and also smooth as on a Pentium D machine we built up in the office to play around with 7 and store all our installers and ISO images on

    We've got a minimum hardware spec here I've just notched up to 2GB RAM on all machines so should be running 7 nicely when we get there... just need new servers to run 2008 first (SuperMicro driver support grrrr)

    The one thing that really marks it out is the lack of HDD thrashing that drives me crackers with Vista on my gaming PC at home... what Vista was trying to do in the background I'll never know... but I do know it still hasn't finished it 6 months on
    Last edited by gshaw; 24th July 2009 at 12:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    just need new servers to run 2008 first
    Does it need 2008? Obviously 2008 would support it better, but I thought it could run on 2003...

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    It'll run but generally I hear people saying 2008 servers manage Vista \ 7 clients better than 2003 does?

    7 definitely does work on a 2003 domain as it's running in our office at the mo

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    Got Windows 7 RC running on my system at home atm

    Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, 8Gb of RAM DDR2, 500GB SATA HDD, ATi Radeon HD 2600XT, Blu Ray Drive, DVD-RW Drive, Sound Blaster X-Fi PCI, Dual 22" Screens.

    Runs really well

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    It'll run but generally I hear people saying 2008 servers manage Vista \ 7 clients better than 2003 does?

    7 definitely does work on a 2003 domain as it's running in our office at the mo
    Win7 connects to a Win2K domain too. Is it just that it can connect to pre-2008 domains, but can only be managed by 2008?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midiexpert View Post
    Took me weeks, but I finally got Windows 7 running, albeit slowly, on a machine I built back in 2000 or 2001, a PIII 866 MHz, with 512K RAM. Running it on 2nd HDD with dual boot setup (Have XP Pro on C drive, WIN 7 on D Drive. Had no DVD drive, but was able to use a free virtual clone drive program on win 7 forum post to install--although I had to first delete all partitions, reinstall both XP and then reformat and install win7 on D drive. Installation was about an hour. Video card, and older ATI Radeon with 64 MB of old video ram seems not able to handle the finer aspects of the display, but still looks pretty good on a 19 inch flat panel monitor--I am running it at 1024-768 instead of what would be 1280X1040 or something, cause it's just too slow otherwise. I cannot run a screen saver, tells me my video card won't support it, which is surprising to me with the default screen savers included. Sound card, SB live value did not work or even be detected, but finally with help of the win 7 forum I found universal wdm drivers that work, ta da! I'm connecting via wired powerline ethernet bridge and this works seamlessly, not using wireless, no internal wireless card. Not connected as of yet to a printer. This is just a spare machine for experimenting. I think it needs more ram and upgraded video to really be all that useable for anything but emergency internet browsing, etc.



    That's nothing, check this out

    Windows 7 Successfully Installed on a Pentium II - Tom's Hardware

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    scale

    7's scaleability for older products is much needed. Running on all of my Netbooks with no problems.

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    did have it on my aspire one, but blue screened a bit - think it took exception to the atheros wireless.

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    another for the list

    Dell Latitude D620: 80GB HDD 2Gb Ram - Runs very well no speed issues
    Dell Optiplex GX620 - 80GB HDD 1GB Ram- Runs about the same speed as XP

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    Dell Latitude D520 - no issues - runs very well indeed - faster than vista! - use it everyday!

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    To be honest I think it's pointless asking the question "What does Windows 7 run on?". Microsoft have done a good job optimising W7 to run on older hardware as well as new hardware. What I'm interested in is how many machines can you install it on with all devices already installed, without the need to hunt for drivers? And if you needed drivers, what devices were they for? That's a real test for Windows 7

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    Ok Samsung NC10 no extras drivers required.

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