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Install Windows 8 with 256MB RAM

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    Install Windows 8 with 256MB RAM


    I have an old PC with 256MB of RAM and I want to install Windows 8 Developer Preview on it.

    In the past I managed to install Windows 7 on it using a winsetup.dll hack. Even Aero Glass worked!

    But there is one problem: The hack doesn't work for Windows 8. There's simply no 77 07 3D 78 01 string and using the same file from Windows 7 doesn't work either.

    However videos like Microsoft Windows 8 (Aero + Metro) running on 128MB of RAM - YouTube show it is possible.

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    Appelhülsen Germany
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    I can only suggest using a second stick to bring it up to 512mb for the install and then removing it again afterwards, you will have to do a clean install as an upgrade needs even more RAM
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    I don't have a second stick.
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    If you look at 0.56, how did he get the window to go that far down which he then moves it back up?

    Try moving a Window down and it won't even be levelled with the taskbar. I smell a fish and I'm not convinced it's within the Windows 8 window.
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    Here's prove that it's even possible with 64MB RAM:

    RAMorexic Windows 8 Runs on 64MB of Memory - Softpedia
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    How did he prove it?
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    Appelhülsen Germany
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    Windows 7 and Windows Developer Dual efi boot


    lol without getting into the argument of what is possible or not.
    When trying to do things out of the specs you must expect to encounter problems that need to be solved. I have another possible solution for you and that is to use another PC to install WDP onto your HDD from the old PC and then transfer the HDD back again. If you are lucky it will boot up and run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pooch View Post
    I have another possible solution for you and that is to use another PC to install WDP onto your HDD from the old PC and then transfer the HDD back again. If you are lucky it will boot up and run.
    I tried it. Unfortunately my other PC doesn't boot up from this hard drive.
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    Appelhülsen Germany
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    Windows 7 and Windows Developer Dual efi boot


    Nothing at all?
    If the newer PC is AHCI and the old one IDE you will have to apply this in the BIOS before the install.
    Have you thought to insert the Windows DVD in the old PC and try the repair options?
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    I inserted the HDD from the old PC in the new one. The first time nothing happened at all. Then I changed a few BIOS options and it BSoD at startup. Now I will try Safe Mode.

    Edit: Safe Mode results in a BSoD. STOP: 0x0000007B
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