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Win 8.1 on P4 Prescott 2.2 GHz

  1. #1

    Win 8.1 on P4 Prescott 2.2 GHz


    Do you think it would be worthy to install 8.1 on this old piece of hardware or should I go with XP or even Server 2003?

    Specs:
    MB: Asus P4P-800
    CPU: Pentium 4 (Prescott) 2.2 GHz
    RAM: 3GB DDR 440 MHz (2x 1GB + 2x 512MB)
    VGA: Geforce 7600GT 256MB

    Considering the minimum requirements it's supposed to run Win 8.1 satisfactory?


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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Hi vrosa,

    I don't think your CPU has all the necessary features that are required by 8.1; however, you can check for sure by downloading (and running) coreinfo from Sysinternals and then comparing your results to the 8.1 CPU requirements:

    Coreinfo

    System requirements - Microsoft Windows

    I know for sure that my P4 630 did not qualify so I'm guessing yours may not as well.


    Good luck with your decision from here.

    my2cents
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  3. #3


    India
    Posts : 172
    Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1


    well i think i'd go for a no becuz win 8.1 is not fully ready and since u have an old cpu u will have trouble with ur company's drivers.
    win 8 will or 7 will do for ur pc . win 8.1 won't be satisfactory. if u want to try it out try using it as a virtual machine
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1


    Is it this one? If so, its a no go:

    ARK | Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 2.26 GHz, 512K Cache, 533 MHz FSB

    If so, it is not even x64 capable either.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Is it this one? If so, its a no go:

    ARK | Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 2.26 GHz, 512K Cache, 533 MHz FSB

    If so, it is not even x64 capable either.

    Yes, its a x86 CPU.

    After a little research I decided to go for Win7 because of chipset driver issues with 8/8.1 !

    Thanks for your inputs !

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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Hi vrosa,

    Sounds like a plan to me. Thanks for sharing your final decision as well.


    Best regards,

    my2cnets
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Is it this one? If so, its a no go:

    ARK | Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 2.26 GHz, 512K Cache, 533 MHz FSB

    If so, it is not even x64 capable either.

    Yes, its a x86 CPU.

    After a little research I decided to go for Win7 because of chipset driver issues with 8/8.1 !

    Thanks for your inputs !

    Good choice. I have a P4 1.5 GHz system wtih 768 MB RAM that works very well on Windows 7 for the light everyday stuff.
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  8. #8


    I tried using my old P4 awhile back but even at 3.2Ghz it was painfully slow, way to slow for me so I tossed those old boards out.

    Compared to the old Core2duo Conroe and Wolfdale CPU's those P4's are agonizingly slow, "just opinion".

    You can build a really nice system using the Core2duo series CPU but there are only a couple options for new boards for these CPU's.

    If anyone is wondering which new boards work for Core2duo use the Gigabyte board not the Asus asrock boards which suck, I know this after having the PCI slot go out on two of those boards where the Gigabyte board is solid.
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Win 8.1 on P4 Prescott 2.2 GHz
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