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Is 1GB of RAM enough to run Vista Home Premium?

by chandler727 / July 31, 2007 3:41 PM PDT

I just bought a desktop with Windows Vista Home Premium, is 1 GB enough to satisft the needs of the operating system?

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by glb613 / July 31, 2007 8:44 PM PDT

I bought a notebook with only 1 GB, upgraded to 2 GB and the performance improved significantly. Memory's cheap and easy to install.

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(NT) Agree! Mine cheap... upgraded to 3GB :)
by glenn30 / July 31, 2007 11:42 PM PDT
In reply to: No
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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 31, 2007 11:26 PM PDT

It does run on our new 1GB laptop but since there are no games on it I think it will stay at 1GB until someday.

Yes, it runs.


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I agree...
by John.Wilkinson / August 1, 2007 1:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Barely.

1GB is entirely doable, but it's very ease to push it to the limits if you multitask or play games, particularly if you rely on shared memory for your graphics card. That's why 2GB is recommended by most users, even though you can get by with 1GB.

Hope this helps,

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yes, to some extent
by elxr06 / August 1, 2007 7:38 AM PDT
In reply to: I agree...

windows vista home premium will run on 1gb mem, but that's only the minimum microsoft says you need. so more ram = more power!

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Just be aware
by kpo6969 / August 1, 2007 4:02 PM PDT
In reply to: yes, to some extent

Vista memory management is different than XP. See this:

I will give you an example(in my case) I have 3GB system ram
total graphics memory: 1022mb
dedicated graphics memory: 256mb (8600GT)
shared system memory: 766mb
Nvidia Vista 32bit driver 158.24 WHQL

New WHQL driver 162.22 (7/26/07)
total graphics memory: 1535mb
dedicated graphics memory: 256mb
shared system memory: 1279mb

This is Microsoft, not Nvidia

New Nvidia XP 32bit driver 162.18 WHQL (7/26/07) in the release notes it states that performance can be affected with systems having less than 1.5GB of ram.
FYI for all

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