As inevitable as the tides rolling in: every time a new Windows version is released, someone with too much time on his hands tries to install it on extremely outdated hardware. Sure, it won’t be usable by any standard whatsoever, but it’s still a fun thing to do. Of course, Windows 7 couldn’t lag behind.
Windows 7, released October 22 2009, is the latest and greatest operating system offering from Microsoft. The official system requirements indicate that you need a 1Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of available disk space. A member of The Windows Club Forum defied those requirements, and managed to get Windows 7 running on a Pentium II 266Mhz.
The PII 266Mhz was released by Intel in 1997, so we’re talking about 13 year old hardware. The forum member’s machine had a 4MB graphics card, and Windows 7 “ran” on both 128MB and 96MB of RAM, but complained of too litle memory when the machine was configured with 64MB.
His next attempt will be trying to get Windows 7 running on a Pentium I 166Mhz with a 1MB video card. Useful? Of course not. Does it prove something? Not really. Still, it’s cool.