Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Running Windows 7 on 512 MB Ram
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  • It is a very well known fact that any operating systems – above Windows XP, require at least 1 Gigabyte of RAM, starting from Windows Vista. However, when Windows 7 was released, people hoped that it would be lighter than Vista and would hence run on old and slow computers. With this in mind, after 3 years since it was released, and after the service pack 1, I decided to try it on my aging 6 years old system – having a Pentium 4 (2.4 GHz) processor, no graphics card, and 512 MB of RAM.

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    The above picture you see is that of my task manager, running 5 Firefox tabs (Firefox is a memory hog, for your information). The memory usage was a bit too high than windows XP. If you ask me, you would do just fine on a windows 7 with 512 megabytes of memory. But you cannot expect to do anything resource-intensive, like photo editing, playing games (that’s almost impossible – Counter Strike is the only game that didn’t lag while being played), and even run intensive web apps (like all those Facebook apps around).

    Another tip is that if you are less on your resources, you should use a simple anti-virus, like Microsoft Security Essentials, which is not heavy on the resources, and also gets the job dine, instead of opting for a professional anti-virus like Norton, etc. which is guaranteed to slow your computer down.

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