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Windows 7 on a VERY old LAPTOP

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Last response: in Laptop General Discussion
June 14, 2009 1:03:40 AM

Ok, So my dad has a very old laptop which he never uses. But it would be easier for my mom to do banking on it in the house. It has a very old pentium 3 and 128mb ram. Lol i know since i have a i7. But would it be faster if i put windows 7 on it instead of XP Pro? Just wanted to know since i gotta key and RC downloaded. Isnt 7 suppose to be faster for netbooks and stuff. And dont tell me to by a new laptop! :sol: 

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June 14, 2009 2:00:43 AM

Windows 7 won't run on a p3 it doesn't have certain instructions that 7 will require. You're stuck with XP Pro not to mention the bare minimum RAM is 1GB for 7
June 14, 2009 5:47:57 AM

Yeah, Windows 7 is a no go for that system. You are really pushing it just putting XP Pro on there.

Perhaps you can grab yourself a copy of windows FLP (basically windows xp for older PC's). It should run a little better considering the small amount of ram available.
October 20, 2009 10:02:56 PM

This isn't true...I have an old 1.4 Ghz Celeron (circa 2002) laptop with 512Mb RAM (an old one too weak to run on our corporate (school) network, but I use it as a browser. Installed Windows 7 on the machine tonight (+ Norton Internet Security 2010) and it boots in under a minute to the desktop. IE is much more swift and responsive. Not anywhere near as good as my Core 2 Quad machine in the study, but beggars can't be choosers! Settles on 390Mb RAM use. XP driver for my wireless slot-in card worked fine!

Lovely jubbly!