In Thursday’s blog post on Windows 7 release dates, I asked if you’d had a chance to run the Beta or Release Candidate version on one of your older machines yet – and I received a welcome deluge of emails from people who had.
It would take me ages to give you all of the scientific details of configurations, so instead I’ve gone for a ready reckoner table of the responses.
Thanks to the EduGeek community too, as they have continued to provide more examples of kit they’ve tried it on. The emerging view is that whilst it will install on 512MB RAM, it is slower than XP on older kit, but when you move to 1GB RAM it’s faster.
You can read more on the EduGeek Windows 7 forum
I haven’t yet received a single email from somebody who has failed to get Windows 7 running on one of their computers, which I think is probably even more significant than the detail in the list below! (See the bottom for my own inglorious failure!)
So, for your delight and delectation…
|Acer||Aspire One||16GB SSD disk||Alex Billing has been running this since Beta release|
|Acer||Travelmate C110||1GHz Centrino 1.5GB RAM||Everything was fine, but needed new graphics driver|
|Apple||MacBookPro||2GB RAM, 32GB disk||Grumbledook (aka Tony) had this working with the Beta and the RC – see the comments for more|
|Apple||MacMini||1GB RAM||Grumbledook again – this time a little trickier, and reported as quite slow and needing quite a few driver tweaks.|
|Asus||Eee PC 1000H||1GB RAM, 80GB Disk||Ceri had this running Win 7 at BETT|
|Dell||Mini 9||1GB RAM, 16GB SSD disk||Reported as “faster than XP SP3”! And this was on the Beta|
|Dell||Mini 12||1GB RAM, 1.6Ghz Atom||Chris reported “it works great, noticeably faster than the install of Vista that came with it”|
|Dell||Optiplex 745||Desktop||Ceri Morriss has been running it for a while on his desktop, and also runs well on 755|
|Dell||Studio 15||4GB RAM||Chris pointed out that this worked perfectly (I’d hope so too, with a greedy 4GB of RAM!)|
|Elonex||Webbook||1GB RAM, 80GB Disk||Ceri had this running Win 7 at BETT|
|Ergo||Microlite||512MB RAM & 1.4GHz proc||Ben said “It's a bit slow with the 512 especially when swapping to disk but general performance seems better than XP”|
|HiGrade||Notino L100||1GB RAM, 80GB Disk||Ceri had this running Win 7 at BETT|
|HP||Tablet 2710p||2GB RAM||Chris Rothwell reported it as “snappy”!|
|HP||MiniNote||2GB RAM||Alex Pearce says this one is fine too|
|HP||Compaq 6735s||2GB RAM||Rob reported that it needed a driver installing for HP DriveGuard 3D*, but apart from that everything else worked straight away. |
* Thanks Rob, for telling me that I'd read "3D" and assuming it was a graphics card. Double thanks for telling me in an email, rather than shaming me publically
|Lenovo||T61p||2GB RAM, 160GB Disk||Working well as on laptop used every day|
|Lenovo||X61||2GB RAM, 100GB Disk||My every day laptop - Better performance than Vista|
|RM||One||512MB RAM||Teky says it’s slow with 512MB RAM|
|Samsung||R40||1GB RAM, 80GB Disk||My demo laptop - Simple install and didn’t require any additional drivers later.|
|Samsung||NC10||1GB is okay, |
2GB is better
|Alex Pearce reports he’s “very happy” on this! |
Matt recommend getting 2GB
And the Cookie Monster said that the best bit is waking from Sleep in 3 seconds
|Sony||Viao||1GB RAM, 1GHz processor||Leighton didn’t have the model number for this (his wife’s!) but he reckoned it was at least 5 years old. He did have to download the Vista drivers for wireless and sound, but apart from that, it was easy.|
|Toshiba||NB100||Ceri had this running Win 7 at BETT|
|Toshiba||Portege M400||2GB RAM||Leighton Searle reported this was a straightforward install|
|Toshiba||Satellite Pro A10||1GB RAM and 2 GHz Celeron||Alex Billing at Wilsthorpe College says “…but the one that impressed me is the 8 year old Toshiba Satellite..which runs very smoothly, I think even better than it runs XP” |
Zeem1 from EduGeek reported it runs well on just 512MB RAM “unless I try and do too many things at once”!
|Toshiba||Tecra M700||Accura2000 reported “Everything works and the touch screen has better support than in Vista”|
|Viglen||Dossier NS||This is a very old computer – DrPerceptron from EduGeek reported “I could NEVER get it to run XP SP2/3 properly – and it works faultlessly…doesn’t run Aero, but then I didn’t expect it to work at all”|
Also, take a look at the Windows Club forum, where somebody has Windows 7 running on an old P2 processor (266MHz) and 96MB RAM - which is definitely NOT in my list of "recommended things to do". And PC World are reporting "Windows 7 hits a new low" - the 'new low' is lower specification hardware.
|Asus||Eee PC 900||1GB RAM, 12GB Disk||This was one of the very early EeePCs, so not a surprise! |
I tried and failed, because the 12GB storage was on two physical drives– one was 4GB and the other was 8GB. And Windows 7 needed more than 8GB to install.
However, I read an article over the weekend that gave me some hints, and I’m going to have another bash, just to be able to say “Yes, it works!”