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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.

My specs:

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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Incredible as it seems Windows 8 helps a little.

I installed it on a Netbook, with this configuration.

 

CPU: Intel® Atom™ N270 (1.6GHz, Cache L2 512KB, FSB 533MHz)

RAM: 1 GB

HD: 160 GB

Display: LCD 10.1" WSVGA(1024x600)



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Windows 8 is less intense on hardware, it's designed to scale better from lower to high end hardware. I'm doing some testing on my machine for memory usage, on average Windows 7 uses about 38mb for explorer. Windows 8 with Metro uses about 18mb on average. 



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many things in Windows 8 has better performance than Windows 7.

 

is a miracle!!! 

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You can also speed it up by running the nt kernel out of the kernel cache spot. I'll have to find the registry command, but I did it in Windows 7 before.



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Nice idea to use window 8 on old laptops. I am also using window 8 on my old laptop and it is working good.



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I have use windows 8 on hp 6520s, it has works for 2 year and no problem !



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Windows 8 is less intense on hardware, it's designed to scale better from lower to high end hardware.







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