Windows 7 runs on a 5MHz processor. How long does it take to load?

Which computer will run Windows 7? It turns out that even very weak hardware is enough to boot the system. However, it really takes a lot of patience.

Windows 7 debuted in 2009 and quickly became one of Microsoft’s best-rated systems. It is important to note that a particularly powerful computer was not required for its work – the official requirements were as follows:

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB RAM (for 32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (for 64-bit)
  • 16 GB of hard disk space (for 32-bit) or 20 GB (for 64-bit)
  • Graphics device with DirectX 9 support and WDDM driver 1.0 or later

Windows 7 is running on a computer with a 5 MHz processor

The system can also work on a much weaker computer. do not believe? So look at this! NTDEV posted an interesting video showing Windows 7 running on a configuration with a 5 MHz processor and 128 MB of RAM (it was actually a virtual machine).

Starting Windows 7 on such hardware took … 28 minutes (!). The video should be treated as an interesting thing, because we cannot talk about pleasant work here.

Start the video

In order for Windows to run on such “fast” hardware, it was necessary to disable many system resources (including switching startup to safe mode, disabling most drivers and services). An additional problem was the absence of a login interface, which simply does not appear when the processor is clocked below 50 MHz. In such a situation, it was necessary to put the system in a state of pseudo OOBE (out of the box experience).

This is not the end of the possibilities of cheaper equipment. NTDEV claims it even ran Windows 7 on a 3MHz processor, but it wasn’t functional enough to make a video about it. Previously he was also able to run the system on a configuration with 36MB of RAM, but used a page file and opted for 128MB.

And you, on which equipment did you use the “seven” for the first time?

Source: YouTube @ NTDEV, Tom’s Hardware

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