These days when considering an OS upgrade, the main question that will be asked would be: “Can my PC hardware run on this OS properly and efficiently?”. I too, think the same as I do not want to see performance degradation on my PC thus affecting my work. If it does, why don’t I just stick back to the previous OS which worked really well for me all these years? This was why I stuck through with XP even though Vista was around. 😀
Unlike previous installments of Windows, I can safely say that Windows 7 is the only OS which does not require any major hardware upgrade in order for it to run. These days, everyone is talking about installing Linux OSes into their older PC to keep them running. Of course, please don’t expect a 256 MB PC running on Pentium 3 to run Windows 7 because the functions on Win7 takes up a lot more RAM and processing power. 512MB is the minimum target you should set. However, if you wish to try installing Windows 7 on a 256MB RAM PC, here is a guide: Install Windows 7 with 256MB of RAM (Any attempts will be welcomed!)
Below are the minimum specifications required to run Windows 7:
|Processor speed||1 GHz 32-bit processor|
|Memory (RAM)||1 GB of RAM|
|Graphics card||DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver model 1.0|
|HDD free space||16 GB of available disk space|
So, will Windows 7 run smoothly on my aging PC? The test PC that I will be using would be a 6 year old PC, running on the following spec:
|Processor speed||2.4 GHz 32-bit Intel P4processor|
|Memory (RAM)||2GB of RAM|
|Graphics card||NVidia 7900GS DirectX 9 graphics processor|
|HDD free space||200 GB of available disk space|
|Optical drive||DVD drive (only to install from DVD/CD Media)|
If you all did follow my previous post on HTPC, you would have known that I did install Windows 7 Beta into it. So are there any improvements in performance as compared to Windows 7 Beta and Windows XP?
So after trying it out, in terms of performance, it is ALMOST as good or even better than XP at times. If comparing to Windows 7 Beta, there also seems to be a slight improvement in terms of overall response time. Take note that i have even turned on Aero effects, and the slowing down was still almost minimal. Even the startup and shutdown times were faster than Windows XP. Timing comparisons will be added soon!
Conclusion: If you are a Windows XP user with a PC that matches the minimum requirements as mentioned above, do consider upgrading to check out what you have been missing out especially with the new start menu bar, taskbar and search functions which all available in Windows 7. If you are running Windows Vista now, I cannot see any better reason as to why not to UPGRADE your PC to Windows 7 once it launches.
This post is part of the Windows 7 Rock Star Initiative