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Windows 8 on 256mb of RAM

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    Windows 8 on 256mb of RAM


    Hey guys, yes you read the title correctly. This isn't anything to go crazy about, I know it's not ideal but I want to see how well Windows 8 runs with 256mb of RAM first hand. I know it's possible due to the success stories I've seen people write posts about. Someone apparently was able to boot it with a measly 64mb of ram successfully. As seen here: "http://news.softpedia.com/news/RAMorexic-Windows-8-Runs-on-64MB-of-Memory-226418.shtml" I want to breathe life into my old XP machine. I know it' actually a pretty common hack to get Windows 7 to run on such low specs, but now I want to try it with it's younger brother. The way people have been installing Windows 7 on less than perfect specs from what I've seen is by editing the winsetup.dll file in Hex Editor and changing the values of a certain row from "77 07 3D 78 01" to "E9 04 00 00 00" As seen here: "http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/20967-install-windows-7-computer-less-than-512mb-ram.html" But the Windows 8 winsetup.dll is different so the method above doesn't work becasue "77 07 3D 78 01" doesn't exist. My question is what anyone might know what values would be needed to change in order to make this work. Before I get anyone trying to tell me it's not worth it, trust me, I'm aware. I'm just a techy who wants to see what he can do with the hardware he has available. I know it's possible. I want to do it myself. Thanks!

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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Interesting. The only real problem to me would be once it is up and running how would it be on ram management. That small amount of ram would have to really slow win 8 down as it would 7, or vista.

    It would be a great challenge to get it working so it could be beneficial or productive.

    Oh, and BTW, "Welcome to the Eight Forums." . . .
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I once ran Vista on 256MB of ram. IIRC I had to install it with 512, then pull out the stick to give it 256, as it wouldn't install to 256, but ran just fine... It was a little slow, but not that bad really, and since 8 is *SO* much better at handling resources, I would imagine it would work just fine.. so long as you weren't running Photoshop or some other huge memory hog.
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    512 is the least amount of RAM I'll run in any PC, any OS. What kind of RAM do you need. If I have some, I'll send it to you, free...
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    Win7-8 Dual Boot on a Commodore 64


    Have you ran this 'app' yet on that 256 box?

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    If so, what were the results?
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    Windows 8.1


    I highly recommend purchasing some more memory for your computer. Otherwise your computer will constantly be doing page swaps, which unless you have a fast SSD will kill your hard drive.
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    win 8 64bit pro


    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    I highly recommend purchasing some more memory for your computer. Otherwise your computer will constantly be doing page swaps, which unless you have a fast SSD will kill your hard drive.
    He knows he needs more ram but he wants to breathe life to his old pc. He wants to know if it's possible to run on 256 and what's needed to do so.
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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Release Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    I once ran Vista on 256MB of ram. IIRC I had to install it with 512, then pull out the stick to give it 256, as it wouldn't install to 256, but ran just fine... It was a little slow, but not that bad really, and since 8 is *SO* much better at handling resources, I would imagine it would work just fine.. so long as you weren't running Photoshop or some other huge memory hog.
    That's what I keep hearing from other users who have done this before. Not to mention Windows 8 does SOOOO much better at RAM management. I plan on using some virtual ram as well to help push things along. I'll disable some of the background services to keep RAM usage on the lean side.
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