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Placebo effect?

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Microsoft officially lowered the minimum requirements of Windows 8.1 Update 1 to 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage. It used to require 2GB and 20GB of storage. So, they've significantly reduced the memory footprint and disk footprint.

    They've been working to reduce CPU requirements too, so that lower spec ARM processors gain more boost from the updates. So it's probably not a placebo effect.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    With MS finally starting to use a lot more Open Source coding & GPL.
    I'm not sure what you're talking about... Microsoft isn't using anything GPL in Windows. They also have very little open source based code either. In fact, I can't think of anything...

    What might you be referring to...
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Microsoft officially lowered the minimum requirements of Windows 8.1 Update 1 to 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage. It used to require 2GB and 20GB of storage. So, they've significantly reduced the memory footprint and disk footprint.

    They've been working to reduce CPU requirements too, so that lower spec ARM processors gain more boost from the updates. So it's probably not a placebo effect.
    Placebo or not, just for heck of it I installed original Win8 more than a year ago on Atom system with 1GB memory and it worked.
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  4. #14


    USA, Idaho
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    They most likely took out a lot of old code. There was rumor that some of the old 16-bit coding was going bye-bye. Same with some .dll's for older hardware.

    With MS finally starting to use a lot more Open Source coding & GPL. You will start to see the OS finally getting lighter weight. 9.x is supposed to be redone for the Kernel. Now that Blamer is out of the game. Only time will tell what happens.

    Since it is obvious that MS management finally realized that they needed to work with the developers of the other platforms. Even though they have been working with Apple for years. That was the only way that the company could stay afloat.
    Source please for the above highlighted. . .
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  5. #15


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Lee, I am guessing that you do not get outside of these forums. It has been mentioned in numerous interviews with Jobs & Gates, along with the new management of both Apple & MS. That Microsoft had to start working with Apple, or they were going to sink.

    Their sales are stagnant right now across the board. But this is a discussion for something else. I suggest you watch the Steve Jobs Lost Interview, and there is also this article that is one of many. How Microsoft And Apple Work Together - Business Insider
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Placebo or not, just for heck of it I installed original Win8 more than a year ago on Atom system with 1GB memory and it worked.
    Yes, Windows will install in as little as 512MB I think (maybe 256). It will work. But it's below minimum requirements standards.

    Also, the 32 bit version of Windows 8 has always had a 1GB minimum requirement. The 64 bit had the 2GB requirement.
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    So I'm servicing a 64 bit of Windows 8.1.1 and so far, I haven't really seen much performance improvement. I'll need to install the update on my local machine to test it out.

    Are you seeing a reduction in disk space after the update? I'm running Disk Cleanup in the VM (that's been changed) and there is a gig or so of Windows Update Cleanup. Thing is, I already cleared out the SoftwareDistribution Downloaded folder and it wasn't a whole gig worth...
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  8. #18


    It will be pretty difficult to see any space reduction on already installed system if any, on a new installation maybe. Same goes to any performance gains, by the time you do some customizations (and who doesn't ?) ad a few inevitable updates (they are offering to me 634 updates for Office) and you are back to square one and +.
    I think all of that is just for very marginal systems. Hopefully, install is smart enough to recognize such a computer and install things accordingly. After all, WEI is run at time of installation and sets some features accordingly.
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