minimum system to install xp?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by cam, Jan 1, 2002.

  1. cam

    cam Guest

    i recently picked up a pentium II 350mhz 128mb ram 10 gig harddrive machine. windows xp cd reports that it will be okay to install but i have heard from some others with slower processors that it sucks on there. should i stick with 98 on it or go xp?

  2. Ves007

    Ves007 Guest

    Don't do it.

    Your processor is too low.
    Plus 256 Ram is better. Stick with 98 for a while till your going to upgrade your pc.
  3. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!

    I dunno, but I think I'd rather have a slow XP then a 98 that just crashes faster, lol. Call me wierd.
  4. Speed4Ever

    Speed4Ever Guest

    I dunno.

    It *might work for you, but not very satisfactorly (is that a word? :D ).

    Your so close to the bare minimum specs, that it might not work period on that old of a system. Theres a likely chance that there will be incompatibility problems, along with the slow responsiveness that is bound to come with it,

    Never thought I'd see the day that I'd say this, but I too recommend you stick with Win98


  5. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!

    AAAaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!! That REALLY scared me. :p
  6. Speed4Ever

    Speed4Ever Guest

    Tell me about it...

    "What in da hell is da world comin' to?"

    --Sheriff Buford T. Juctice

  7. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!


    Ya know, with a 10gig hard drive he can partition it in half and do a dual boot too. Something to consider.
  8. Speed4Ever

    Speed4Ever Guest


    How full is the HD right now? Is he prepared to fix things if XP isnt to his liking (Which will more that likely be the situation)? Plus the fact that the MFT will waste some space on the NTFS partition. If done in a 5+5gig partition configuration, that might not leave him with a lot of room.

    Things to consider I guess...
  9. noah472

    noah472 Guest

    Stick Win 2k on.... it kicks ass compared to win 98 which sucks big style........ memory managment, i think it forgot :D :D I owuld go with the dual option and if its slow as mud then format and re-install, dont forget you can make the page file shared by both o/s's if you choose a win 9x and NT dual system, check out the tip below
  10. I have a PII 366MHz processor and 128MB RAM in my Laptop and I have no problems running Windows XP pro. As far as speed is concerned it seems faster than under WIN98.

  11. jw50

    jw50 OSNN Senior Addict

    I installed XP on a PII 366 and it runs fine. How it will run for you probably depends on what you use the computer for. If it is just to do word processing, e-mail and surfing the net you will probably not notice any slowness. Increasing the memory to at least 256meg would make a big difference.
  12. UniSol

    UniSol I'm all ears

    I have PII 350Mhz MMX, 192MB RAM, 9GB Hard Drive, CD-RW and Floppy, GF2MX + OC & Cooling, DSL WireSpeed modem.

    Boots in 40 seconds, generally mint performace ... XP rules = Cant go wrong :D
  13. cam

    cam Guest

    its actually two 5 gig harddrives, hehe.

    i think ill just stick with 98 for a while. xp wont run a few old games i like so i can just play it on that box.

  14. xpaciscool

    xpaciscool Guest

    i have xp runnin on a 400 mhz celeron 256 ram dual hard drives dual cd rom drives and it runs GREAT!!
  15. XeoNoX

    XeoNoX OSNN Senior Addict

    ive seen someone run it on one of those and it ran OK, just make sure you have a desent video card. Good video helps it out a little, but not as much as a new prosessor and memory.
  16. mojohns

    mojohns Guest

    I have xp pro running on my mother's pc:

    500 celeron
    96mb sd-ram
    17gig hard drive

    runs fine