Windows 7 with 133 MHz: What are the minimum hardware requirements?
What are the real hardware requirements of Windows 7? Logout.hu made a test and started Windows 7 with a 256 MiByte RAM AMD K6 III underclocked to 133 MHz.
• 1 GHz processor (32 or 64 Bit)
• 1 GiByte RAM (32 Bit) and 2 GiByte (64 Bit)
• 16 GiByte hard disk storage (32 Bit) and 20 GiByte (64 Bit)
• DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM 1.0 or higher
Our colleagues of logout.hu wanted to put the rule to the test and run Windows 7 on the following system:
• EPOX motherboard MVP3G5
• AMD K6-III+ 500 MHz CPU
• 512 MB SD RAM 512 MB SD RAM
• Asus V7700 Deluxe (Geforce 2 GTS) VGA
• 20GB Quantum HDD Quantum 20GB HDD
They chose this system in order to test the absolute minimum requirements for Windows 7. So logout.hu did not only use the standard settings but even underclocked the system.
The first test was done with 384 MiByte RAM only and a CPU clock rate of 600 MHz. The installer could not cope with that and the system recommended to use 512 MiByte RAM. With 512 MiByte the successful installation took one hour.
After the installation the RAM was reduced to 384 MiByte again and unnecessary applications were turned off: sidebar, Windows Defender and the firewall were deactivated.
After the installation different clock speeds and RAM amounts were tested. The absolute minimum requirements were the AMD K6 III with 256 MiByte RAM - everything lower caused a bluescreen. Needless to say that such a configuration is not recommended but logout.hu only wanted to test the minimum system requirements.
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