December 4, 2020

Windows 7 System Requirements

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It looks like one of the biggest gripes that people had against Vista was the fact it was very resource intensive.  I am a firm believer that this was a misconception on the part of many based on the way that Vista handled memory differently then XP did.  As unfair as it may be though perception is the reality and I believe Microsoft has seen that even if it is unfair.  As of this writing for the Beta build 7000 the requirements are:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • 16 GB of available disk space
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable the Aero theme)
  • DVD-R/W Drive
  • Internet access (to download the Beta and get updates)

Those are very similar to what was recommended for Vista and we know what kind of outcry went out in the world over performance even if it was slightly off mark.  So I wanted to see out of the box what the memory footprint was for each OS, nothing too scientific, just right after install I went into Task Manager and grabbed a shot of what the memory was at.  First up is Windows Vista Ultimate SP1, again right after basic install:


As you can see it is sitting ~471MB, which is at 43% of available memory.  Not too bad...

Lets see what Windows 7 Ultimate install is at right after startup :


Windows 7 is at ~295MB so that is at 25% of available memory which is a pretty significant difference from Vista without any tweaking.  It looks like at least so far into this Beta build 7000 they have indeed listened to the Vista criticism and responded. While I don't think the Vista build was ever that sluggish on my laptop, I won't complain about a slimmer operating system.

Go ahead and switch that Vista system over, if you have lost your password I am confident my article on Windows 7 Password Reset will work with Windows Vista also!

You should go ahead and give it a try!


  1. That is great it has less bloat that Vista, but you are still a slave to Microsoft…

    Linux is a better bet.

  2. I think WIndows low hardware requirement will give it necessary kick start to dominate OS market.

  3. What about Windows XP? Where does it fit in the mix. I have an older machine and I want to know if it’ll run Windows 7 as well as Windows XP.

  4. Muhammad Irfan Basharat says

    I hope that windows 7 will get a major break through in coming years.

  5. I think Vista its not bad i haw AMD 64 bit Althon 5400 + 2.80 Ghz with 8 GB memory and Vista Altimate sp 2 its work gread but microsoft recomendet 4 Gb of memory for vista, i do now not all programs run on vista dear program exist its coll VirtualPC frome microsoft you can instal in dis program any window virtualy its good . i try windows 7 its lok grad all but its caz of vista !

  6. who cares what you think

  7. John Martin Picache says

    is windows 7 is working in socket 478

    i have
    120 gig hd
    1GB mem
    256 vid card (fx5500)

    pls reply thank

  8. can i install win 7 w/ my system of 1gb RAM athlon 64 and a builth in nvidia geforce 7200 would it be run smooth the win 7 in my system?

  9. not bad but windows 7 have too much aero efects that slow my work on pc… and thats much komplex then xp…

  10. RayzerXXVI says

    16 GB free space???

  11. can i install win 7 w/ my system of 1gb RAM athlon 64 and a builth in nvidia geforce 7200 would it be run smooth the win 7 in my system?

  12. Vignesh-
    You didnt mention hard drive space, but if you have over 20GB free you should be ok to run Windows 7. Now run smoother is another question, I know if you are running Vista now you will run ALOT smoother. If your running XP, I would also think you would run better just because as old systems get cluttered, installing fresh can do a lot to speed up your system.

  13. i have an pc of p4 processor, with 512+256mb of ram, 40 gb hard disk, 32mb graphic memory can i run windows7?
    if can’t, what shall i upgrade to run it?

  14. Your going to run into problems with that RAM you need 1GB at least and your under that right now. The video card will be ok as long as it is Directx 9 compatible.

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