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by jerseyrock / July 9, 2009 2:45 PM PDT

How much RAM will be necesary for Windows 7?

How about the hard drive?

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by John.Wilkinson / July 9, 2009 3:59 PM PDT
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I'd be more concerned about disk space than RAM.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 5:02 PM PDT
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Memory Issues - I'd be more concerned about disk space...
by jerseyrock / July 10, 2009 3:19 AM PDT

Thanks Bob.

So with Windows 7 64-bit you think 2GB RAM is sufficient, but you think a 20GB disk is too small.

I might still feel safer with 3GB RAM, but I am very confused about how big a disk to buy. Especially since most new notebook disks seem to have MULITPLE HUNDREDS of GB. I was not planning to buy less than say 250GB until I started hearing Windows 7 can run on much less. Would you feel safe purchasing say a 120GB hard disk for windows-7 64-bit?

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120GB hard drive and 2GB RAM is fine...

But stay above the 100GB hard drive mark. Remember, those 20GB hard drives were standard in 1999 and are no longer manufactured. If you track one down, it will either be used or have sat on a shelf for nearly a decade.


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20GB would likely overflow in a year.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2009 6:23 AM PDT

I supplied a link where we touch on why. But I did install 7 RC on a single core CPU with 512MB RAM and it booted just as fast or maybe faster than XP. This seems to raise some hackles. But there it was.

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