Edit: After I finish, I'll probably install XP but if I have driver issues, then maybe Vista since it seems that whenever I have missing drivers in XP systems that I can't find online, Vista has them built in. This motherboard should be old enough that all drivers are already in XP.
Hammer_Time wrote:XP or 2K, no problem...but for the love of God man, never install Vista on this contraption, W7 is so much better in so many ways, so promise me if you are thinking of Vista that you will slap yourself and then install W7 instead!!
nuff wrote:Alright, so I'll try Windows XP first, then 2000. I'm building this computer just for fun. It's a small side hobby for me.
nuff wrote:Hammer_Time wrote:XP or 2K, no problem...but for the love of God man, never install Vista on this contraption, W7 is so much better in so many ways, so promise me if you are thinking of Vista that you will slap yourself and then install W7 instead!!
Haha, I won't even consider Vista then. Reason I initially considered it is because I feared XP might not have some drivers, but if this system was for Windows 2000 then XP most likely will have everything built in. I also considered Vista because I know (on paper) the minimum requirements is a 800MHz processor so if I tried to install it I won't be denied because "computer does not meet minimum requirements" like I might get with Windows 7. I don't actually know if Windows 7 gives that warning if I install it on a system less than 1GHz. I'll probably finish the system in two to three months. No rush here on my part heh, just taking everything one step at a time.
Windows 7 outperforms XP on Old Hardware
Windows 7 Successfully Installed on a Pentium II
11:31 AM - June 22, 2009 by Jane McEntegart - source: Tom's Hardware US
When Microsoft made the Windows 7 RC available, it also issued an official list of system requirements for anyone hoping to install the OS:
1GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
1GB of main memory
16GB of available disk space
Support for DX9 graphics with 128MB of memory (for the Aero interface)
Not exactly monstrous and the same as what you needed to run Vista years ago. That said, one Windows enthusiast decided to push the limits and in a kind of “how low can you go” scenario, managed to get Microsoft’s latest OS running on a Pentium II at 266 MHz CPU, 96 MB of RAM and a 4 MB graphics card.
The user hackerman1 posted about his efforts on the Windows Club Forums for the world to see and his fellow posters we, like the other users on the forum, were suitably impressed. Hackerman1 said he did three different tests (128 MB, 96 MB and 64 MB of RAM). Of these, he had success with both 128 MB and 96 MB, while his 64 MB attempt returned error messages reading “insufficient memory.”
Hackerman1 went on to say that he also has a Pentium I with a 166 MHz CPU and a 1 MB graphics card and says if he can dig up the PSU, he’s going to test that next. Check out the screenshots below.
Hi Luigi A. Cruz,
The number of processors you can use depends on the version of Windows XP you use, though there are some caveats. Be sure to know what you're doing before you attempt to set up multiple processors.
Microsoft's licensing policy limits the number of processors Windows supports for its Home and Professional versions, as outlined below. It's important to understand, however, that this is on a per-processor basis, not a per-core basis. This means that, under the licensing policy, a dual- or even quad-core processor counts as a single processor---something that confused many people in the early days of dual-core technology.
Versions of Windows
Knowing that, the limit of the number of processors is determined by your version of Windows XP. If you're not sure which version you're running, check the sticker on your computer. It will say the version there beside your license key; you may right-click "My Computer" and click "Properties." The window that pops up will tell you which version of XP you're running.
The Home edition of Windows XP---the edition that came with most machines home users bought from the likes of Dell and HP, before Windows Vista---supports only one processor. This means if you want to install more than one processor and you run Windows XP Home, you may need to switch to Professional, or upgrade Windows to a newer version with support for multiple processors.
If you want to use two processors, Windows XP Professional is the way to go. While this advanced program cannot run more than two processors, this is an improvement over Home. Note that, because dual-core processors count as a single processor, you could theoretically have four cores with this license or even eight, if you are willing to buy two quad-core processors.
I suggest you to visit this below provided Microsoft KB article.
Processor and memory capabilities of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and of the x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003
XP Home supports 1 processor and XP Pro supports two processors, regardless of the number of cores.
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/abou ... g.aspx#E1B
Sauron_Daz wrote:nuff wrote:Alright, so I'll try Windows XP first, then 2000. I'm building this computer just for fun. It's a small side hobby for me.
Sounds like fun too. I would consider building a system based on a 80486 (at least a DX-II 66 MHz) running DOS if D-Fend reloaded didn't work so well..
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