Slowest computer running a modern Windows

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September 16, 2010 at 17:14:57
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, Pentium 4 HT, 3.00 GHz-x64-1 Gb. DDR-400
So, what is your slowest computer running a modern version of Windows. (XP or newer). I know I have physically seen XP on a Pentium MMX, 266 MHz, and it was the slowest computer you have ever seen. I also own an old Compaq Presario, 500 Mhz Pentium III, 64 Mb. Ram, that taked and hour and a half just to get to where you can use it. Pinball takes another 3 minutes just to load. The hard drive is also failing, probally from continuous access for over an hour. I am going to attempt an install of Windows Vista Business on an old Dell, 266 MHz, but no gurentee that is will work.

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#1
September 17, 2010 at 05:23:04
So just out of my own twisted sense of curiosity..............what is the point exactly of shoehorning an OS onto a machine that can't run it properly?

Do you enjoy waiting an hour and a half for the PC to boot?

I'm sorry but I see no point in what you're doing. No point, no logic and no sense.

Remember, this is just my opinion (I'm allowed one) so don't take it personally. I'm not trying to insult you.........I'm just saying this seems like a pretty big waste of time to me.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
September 17, 2010 at 11:02:08
I recently had Windows 7 going on a P2 underclocked to 180MHz with 256MB. Still have some of the screencaps:

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Socket 939 | Dual-core Opteron 185 @ 3.2GHz | 4GB | 1.0TB | Win7 x64
GeForce GTX 460 1GB | X-Fi Ti Pro | A8N32-SLI Deluxe | Antec P182


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#3
September 18, 2010 at 07:07:02
jackbomb: Processor: 1.1
Oh hey, you could go lower, I guess.

Also, 27 PMs? That's a lot.


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#4
September 18, 2010 at 15:47:19
Well, the point is to see how well say, Windows XP will run on your first Pentium computer. It may be slow, but eventually you learn just by looking at the computer if it will run a certain version of Windows. Although, I have learned that NT 4 will not boot on SSE4.

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#5
September 21, 2010 at 09:33:18
I ran XP on a P1 166MMX/64MB and 2GB HDD. It was a long time ago so I dont really remember very well. Although at the moment my slowest PC running Win 7 is a single core intel Atom @ 1.6GHz with 2GB ram and 500GB HDD. The biggest bottleneck in this PC is the graphics. Originally intel GMA950 but the best I could do to fix that is a PCI (yes PCI) HD4350. Actually runs fine.

Mattwizz3
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#6
September 21, 2010 at 10:13:12
Well, the point is to see how well say, Windows XP will run on your first Pentium computer.

It would run like a total complete POS. Slow, boggy and useless. I didn't have to load XP on a P166 to figure that out. I knew it because I know computer hardware and I know operating systems.

but eventually you learn just by looking at the computer if it will run a certain version of Windows.

I can pretty much do that now without wasting any of my time actually doing it.

Maybe I'm just stupid but, I could see a point if you gained something by doing this. Or could actually install software on one of these computers and use it for something. But lets face facts, you wouldn't.

I get much more enjoyment spending an afternoon at the range than I would from trying to see if I could get Windows 7 to run on a PIII...........

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
October 10, 2010 at 15:01:43
Err...I'm trying to run Windows 7 on an Abacus. I've removed enough beads and cut sufficient wires to install the CD. Having applied 230V (UK) it does seem to warm up - some beads even glow. However, the dang thing just won't boot up.

Should I ground a few more wires?

Ms Hulot's boat


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