hi im planning on installing windows 7 on 512mb of ram just to test it out before i upgrade my ram to 2gb to use with windows 7 i was wondering if there is another way of installing windows 7 with 512mb of ram or is it just the same as a normal instalation
ive got no porblems in getting the ram but the thing is if windows 7 cant support the programs i use and the hardware i use then theres no point uprading my ram because xp handles perfectly fine with 512mb of ram belive it or not ive ran so many high end games like gta iv call of duty and others on it perfectly without any lag with the game set to medium setings
You will have to get win7 pro or ultimate, and considering that your pc is only 512mb ram I am guessing it is very old so you may not have the prossesors fit for xp mode, my vista laptop which I upgraded to win7 pro as for the xp mode, I had a go at installing xp mode but it did not work because microsoft said that the prossesers were not up to the job (my laptop is alot newer then yours by the sounds of it, my memory is 2gb, my prossesors are intel pentium dual core, and it is around 3yrs old just) so by guessing that your pc is an old one it will not be able to get xp mode.
Performance: "Windows 7 worked wonderfully on it, very smooth and fast. I ran Office 2007, SQL Management Studio and some administrative tools. The boot-up time was about 50 to 60 seconds, mostly because of the slow hard drive, but wake-up from hibernation worked fast (20 to 30 seconds). To my surprise, Aero worked pretty nice without causing slowdowns. No driver problems, no apps that didn't run."
text taken from link, sorta blows the minimum specs out the window...