Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Dec 2006 20:57 UTC
Windows A white paper published this morning by hardware analysis firm iSuppli, based on its studies of Microsoft Windows Vista running on multiple grades of computer hardware, has concluded that the software publisher's stated minimum requirements for the system - which include an 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and a 35 GB hard drive - may not be nearly enough. "Despite Microsoft's claims that Vista can run on such trailing-edge systems," writes Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms research, "iSuppli believes the reality is quite different."
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Vista on 40GB
by mbpark on Fri 8th Dec 2006 22:36 UTC
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I had Vista RC1 running on a 40GB laptop hard drive. It ran extremely well, actually. This was on a 2Ghz Centrino with 1.5GB DDR2 RAM. It was the quickest install of a Microsoft OS I have ever used. It used about 8GB after install.

Windows XP Pro, on the other hand, I have had SP1 running on a P2-233 with 220MB RAM. It ran decently if everything was turned off on it. However, SP2 has performance issues on anything short of a 1Ghz machine.

I have also successfully used Windows Server 2003 SP1 with a P2-300 with 320MB RAM. It ran incredibly well. Microsoft should have released a workstation version of that OS.

For Microsoft OSes, I have found that if you double the RAM for the minimum requirements, things will work decently.

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