Windows 7 installed on a Pentium II-based PC

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From the moment I heard Microsoft would be licensing Windows 7 to netbook manufacturers, I questioned just how paltry of a hardware setup the OS would run on. Granted, netbooks are nifty devices which have their niche. But between Intelís Atom CPU and the lack of graphics processing power, the pint-sized package isnít what Iíd imagine to be ideal for Windows 7. As it turns out, my curiosity is far from unique.

Impressively, a member of the Windows Club forum who goes by the handle of ďhackerman1Ē has gotten Windows 7 to boot on some pretty ancient machines. At the top of the configurations, he installed it on a system packing a 266MHz Pentium II, 128MB of RAM and a 4MB graphics card. After succeeding, he decreased the RAM capacity to 96MB, which also handled 7. His experiment came to a temporary halt after dropping the RAM to 64MB. Hackermanís fun wonít end there, though. He plans to try and get Windows 7 up and running on a 166MHz Pentium I and 1MB graphics card next.


There is no mention of install or boot times for the Pentium II system, but other forum members have provided the information for a Pentium III PC. They say it took the antique system 17 hours to install Microsoftís latest OS, and a patience-shattering 17 minutes to boot.

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