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02-06-2009, 11:00 AM
Test pilots, FYI

Windows 7 beta - These are the Microsoft minimum hardware recommendations for systems that will be running the Windows 7 Beta. These recommendations are specific to the beta release and are subject to change:

Processor: 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
Memory: 1 GB of system memory
Hard drive: 16 GB of available disk space
Video card: Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme)
Drive: DVD-R/W drive
Internet connection (to download the Beta and get updates)
Ways to configure your system-

Dual boot:
Systems that have enough disk space but not proccesor could use a dual boot system, this would dedicate all of the resources on a particular machine to the running OS.
(NOTE: installing different versions of Windows, you must install the earliest operating system first. 2000,XP,Vista,win7)

Virtual system:

Members that have a system that exceeds the minimum hardware (Dual core/quad core systems with 4gb mem) could go virtual. On a virtual system a tester could have multiple OS's running at the same time.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Ultimate; Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition; Windows XP Professional Edition ; Windows XP Professional x64 Edition ; Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
An x64-based or an x86-based computer with a 400 MHz or faster (1 GHz recommended) processor with http://www.mycockpit.org/forums/images/misc/vbglossarlink.gif (http://www.mycockpit.org/forums/vbglossar.php?do=showentry&item=L2+cache) L2 cache (http://www.mycockpit.org/forums/vbglossar.php?do=showentry&item=L2+cache)

Processor: AMD Athlon/Duron, Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium II, Intel Pentium III, Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core Duo, and Intel Core2 Duo

RAM: Add the RAM requirement for the host operating system that you will be using to the requirement for the guest operating system that you will be using. If you will be using multiple guest operating systems simultaneously, total the requirements for all the guest operating systems that you need to run simultaneously.

Available disk space: To determine the hard disk space required, add the requirement for each guest operating system that will be installed.

Virtual PC 2007 runs on: Windows Vista™ Business; Windows Vista™ Enterprise; Windows Vista™ Ultimate; Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64 Edition; or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

More information can be found:
Boot partition: http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...48a0f1033.mspx (http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/2a2a77f9-19a9-4112-adbe-c605ef448a0f1033.mspx)

Windows 7 download: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/w.../dd353205.aspx (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd353205.aspx)

Virtual PC 2007: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/dow...c/default.mspx

Hardware Drivers:
http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Home.aspx (http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Home.aspx)
It is the windows update site that you would go through if you needed to download the drivers manually.

NOTE: Any WDDM driver for Vista that you can find through this website should work although there are drivers on this site that have caused people problems when doing upgrade installs.




02-06-2009, 11:56 AM
The thing about that 16GB minimum hd space. You'll find Windows like to grow over time. I wouldn't do windows on anything less than a 40GB disk just for the system and install everything else on a seperate drive.

Matt Olieman
02-06-2009, 12:36 PM
Better yet, perhaps an independent drive :)

Matt Olieman

02-06-2009, 11:07 PM
I like your thinking on this Matt :D Anytime a new operating system comes out it would be best to isolate it from the rest of your other system files. You never know how files might interact with each other.

02-07-2009, 02:25 AM
I have a notebook that exceeds those specs and Win 7 refuses to even load on it. Right off it tells me that it can not run it.

02-07-2009, 11:41 PM

Could you hit me with the model # and message it gives,,


02-08-2009, 04:17 AM

Toshiba Satellite A15-S129

The message is:

"Your computer cannot run this version of the Operating System."

I currently have 1 gig RAM and a 40 GB HDD (soon to be 120 GB)

07-07-2010, 08:37 AM
Nice information, Windows 7 is really appreciative OS , can i use XP and Windows 7 both in my PC? what is the procedure for this?
Thank you.