According to many websites, Windows 8 does not run on many older configurations that are Pentium M/Radeon X300 based, despite the requirements of a 1Ghz CPU and a WDDM 1.0+ driver and the fact that Windows 7 runs with aero with the X300. Since Windows XP was discontinued, I decided to try installing 8 on my old IBM ThinkPad T43.
Intel Pentium M 1.86 Ghz with PAE, SSE2, NX, and 2MB of L2 Cache
2GB DDR2-533 RAM
60GB Hitachi Travelstar, 5400RPM
ATI Mobility Radeon X300
Intel Pro/set 2915a/b/g
14.1 inch 1400x1050 screen
So after making a USB installer for Win 8 Pro on my USB, I installed, and afterwards, ran Windows Update, which installed drivers for sound, the UltraNav, and some PM drivers. With the XP drivers for the wifi card and Vista drivers for the X300, 8 was quite usable
So try it out if you have an old laptop...
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