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Ever wonder what it would be like to take dinosaur computer systems (first generation pentiums) and try to install XP on them? Someone went to the trouble of analyzing the absolute junkiest system you'd need to run XP off of (whether it runs well or not is a whole different story).

If you've ever built a PC from scratch, you can probably find some humour in the article, found @ http://www.winhistory.de/more/386/xpmini_eng.htm

The most amusing thing is reading how long it took XP to boot up on some of those old systems.

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I'm sure we've all had old computers that felt like one of these at some point. :D My last laptop had 512MB of RAM and it was ridiculous trying to run XP on it sometimes, this is just crazy.

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I think everyone do suffer from such type of stuff especially those from third world countries. It is indeed ironic that some people still used Windows 95 at the moment. Anyway not everyone are using faster pc and connections.

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I've installed winxp on a 300mhz cpu once. What it really limits it is the RAM. The pc had 256 so it ran fine. What really bogged it down was MSN Messenger, Media Player and IE, but just the OS was fine.

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The slowest system I've installed XP on was a K6-2 350 Mhz with 384 MB of ram. It ran slow, but was functional. The fact that someone intentionally went looking for the lowest specs absolutely required for XP to run is hilarious (sp?). Someone using a system that slow is definitely better of with either Win3.1 or Win95.

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Slowest for me was a K6-2 450 with 192mb, was pretty usable if you just stuck with the basics, trimmed the services, removed everything from MSconfig and used the classic look.

Still wasn't great, but was stable.

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I remember looking at that site some time ago. It is mad what some people will do with their spare time.

Still, it is quite cool seeing that someone did actually manage to get XP to run on hardware that old/slow.

Now to see what they can achieve with Vista! :lol: That doesn't even run properly with less than 2GB of ram! :P

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They probably started on Vista as soon as it was released, it's still booting :D Whoops, nope it has crashed on the Welcome to Vista screen.

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There are many slim versions of xp on the net. Usually increase speed but things like joysticks and other easy usb devices are not supported. :(

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They probably started on Vista as soon as it was released, it's still booting

ROTFLMAO.

You could probably apply your statement to any PC built before 2005; that's how disturbingly bloated Windows Vista is!

Anyway, I brought up that website because I found it hilarious, but since some of you have attempted to install XP on rigs with CPU speeds < 500 MHZ, I suggest you try Linux. Old hardware goes a lot further on Linux than it does on Windows.

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