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November 21, 2008 10:37:02 PM

For those running this OS, how much RAM are you using to run it? How is the PC running with that amount of RAM?

Also, what is the minimum HW requirement of RAM for this OS?

thx

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a b $ Windows 7
November 21, 2008 10:41:22 PM

It isn't out yet, so there aren't really any official requirements. That being said, I wouldn't really try to run it with less than 2GB, given the cost of memory right now, and 4GB is probably better.
November 22, 2008 4:39:28 PM

no other opinions? C'mpn guys.
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November 22, 2008 4:53:15 PM

I'm guessing the minimum is going to be 1 gb with 2 gb recommended --- although they claim that the ram "footprint" will be less than that of vista, you really can't tell until they finalize what features will be included

Right now, win7 is just a rework of the vista core --- no one will really know anything until both the "core" and "features" are completed and finalized.

Are you just curious? Every system selling today should meet the requirements (well maybe not if they are preinstalled with V - basic)
November 22, 2008 5:17:08 PM

Well, if I have 2GB of RAM, do you think I will be OK when and if I install WIN 7?

thx
a b $ Windows 7
November 22, 2008 5:21:49 PM

Supposed to use memory better than Vista, but who knows.
It has not been released yet. People are running the beta version, but at this point it is not complete enough, it would be pure speculation.
a b $ Windows 7
November 22, 2008 5:26:14 PM

bruinator said:
Well, if I have 2GB of RAM, do you think I will be OK when and if I install WIN 7?

thx

Yes. Two gig is fine on Vista so it should be as least as good on 7, but to be sure we just have to wait.
November 22, 2008 5:46:34 PM

jitpublisher said:
Supposed to use memory better than Vista, but who knows.
It has not been released yet. People are running the beta version, but at this point it is not complete enough, it would be pure speculation.


To be accurate, I believe those that have Win 7 are running a preBeta (alpha) version - was a very limited, selective release. I understand it got out on the bittorrents, though. But, I think Beta 1 is yet to come.
a b $ Windows 7
November 22, 2008 7:59:18 PM

Jake_Barnes said:
To be accurate, I believe those that have Win 7 are running a preBeta (alpha) version - was a very limited, selective release. I understand it got out on the bittorrents, though. But, I think Beta 1 is yet to come.

Very true. All that is out is the pre-beta, not the beta.
a b $ Windows 7
November 26, 2008 11:51:41 AM

bc4 said:
Are you just curious? Every system selling today should meet the requirements (well maybe not if they are preinstalled with V - basic)


What about the companies like mine that still run a 2.5 Pentium 4, 1 GB RAM, and a ATI 7500? Thats why M$ can't sell their OS's; the companies which normally upgrade first won't spend the money on new PC's, on top of the licenses needed, when their old ones already run the programs they need.
November 28, 2008 3:24:44 AM

That's why people have so many issues with Vista - You don't run software on hardware that can't take the heat. If you know your hardware can't run it, don't put new software on it and then say the software sucks. Most new PCs will be able to run 7 fine.

As for your company, though - your hardware is archaic by today's standards. I'm sure it works fine for what you do, and that's fine to keep it. However, if you're going to spend time upgrading OSs, I would highly recommend you spend time upgrading your hardware, too, or else you won't see any kind of boost of anything at all. If you don't need to upgrade, why are you thinking about it?

If you find you want to be more productive or get a feature for new software, you're going to have to have the infrastructure to use it.
November 28, 2008 3:45:12 AM

bruinator said:
no other opinions? C'mpn guys.

I would say Win 7 is gonna use 1.21 Jigabytes of memory.
November 28, 2008 3:50:39 AM

Not only that, you're looking at a rediculous amount of trouble if any of your systems start to go down. You arent going to start finding parts like that laying around and frys. If you've got your own in house technical support, you're not likely to have the distributors specifically just for legacy PC parts to repair with. And if you dont have your technical support on your payroll, you're going to pay out the ass for legacy parts from the corperate IT companies that do have those distros.
That, coupled with the costs of IT wages both In House or Outsourced is going to bring a whole lot of trouble you dont need when trying to do other important things. Like keeping a company above the red in a financial crysis, or figuring out what to eat for lunch. But hey, time is money right?
November 28, 2008 3:55:12 AM

As for windows 7, I cant see it using much more memory than vista. Vista doesnt use that much memory anyways, and performs just fine when under the recomended hardware requirements. (Unless you are just looking at the task manager memory target. Then you're always going to be dissapointed since Vista, and likely windows 7 will set aside a portion of your ram for programs that might use it. And it also shares this portion. So likely what you think is ram hogging is actually helping to keep your computer just a tad more snappy.)
November 28, 2008 8:33:47 AM

Win 7 is supposed to be lighter than Vista with a stripped down kernel. New graphics and GUI features would put some weight on it so... I say it will be faster than Vista, might be slower than XP. If you have something that can run Vista aero, it should be fine :) 
November 28, 2008 9:50:24 AM

Win 7 is just an optimization of the Vista code, which MS will mess up with more bloat that is not in Vista. Win 7 runs ok right now with 2gb ram.
I think where you will see the biggest difference is on systems with the memory controller on the cpu.
November 29, 2008 6:24:08 AM

Optimisation normally means better ;) 
November 29, 2008 6:44:35 AM

I tried the Pre beta on my x58/i7 rig and it wouldnt let me load my mobo drivers. One thing i did notice in the 10 mins i looked at it was the vista index score goes up to atleast 7.5 maybe higher.

I think windows seven is SP2/SP3 all in one, but M$ would rather call it new and charge another $400 instead of giving it free.
November 29, 2008 10:42:22 AM

When it comes out through MSDNAA, I'll get it. I just hope I'm not finished university by then. M$ charge Joe Idiot lots so us students can get it free.
November 29, 2008 9:12:23 PM

Grab me a copy too ;) 
a b $ Windows 7
November 29, 2008 9:38:21 PM

^+1.

Where have you been AFG?
November 29, 2008 11:10:41 PM

Bill foretold that it would only need 640kb so I'm shaving the extra chip off my old 72-pin.
November 30, 2008 4:38:45 PM

Shadow703793 said:
^+1.

Where have you been AFG?


Down in the lesser forums
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