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Will Windows 8 run on my Pentium 4 PC

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by basit93 View Post
    I recently saw the microsoft website and its says that Windows 8 Release Preview will work on a CPU that supports PAE
    ,
    NX
    and
    SSE2. So, my PC has Pentium 4 "Northwood" (2.80 GHz) CPU, is this CPU supports all these features?
    I think I had a P4 that was a Northwood build that ran Windows 7 just fine. Heck, I even played around with 7 in a VM and got it to install within 8 gigs, one processor core at 2 GHz, I think 256 MB of RAM, and 8 MB of Video RAM. It worked ok honestly. I wouldn't fret too much about small details about the CPU. I would fret a bit about the video drivers for your graphics card, but again, you'll still have decent performance.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    My Acer AS10 desktop is a P4HT @ 2.8Ghz, with 1 gb of RAM and a 256 mb GeForce 5700.

    It runs the Win 8 DP/CP (32-bit) like a charm (no pun intended).

    The gfx drivers were a hassle, ended up using the Vista drivers, from memory.

    And the Soundblaster Live! was a bit of a fiddle.

    But it's positively purring along now.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by basit93 View Post
    I recently saw the microsoft website and its says that Windows 8 Release Preview will work on a CPU that supports PAE
    ,
    NX
    and
    SSE2. So, my PC has Pentium 4 "Northwood" (2.80 GHz) CPU, is this CPU supports all these features?
    I think I had a P4 that was a Northwood build that ran Windows 7 just fine. Heck, I even played around with 7 in a VM and got it to install within 8 gigs, one processor core at 2 GHz, I think 256 MB of RAM, and 8 MB of Video RAM. It worked ok honestly. I wouldn't fret too much about small details about the CPU. I would fret a bit about the video drivers for your graphics card, but again, you'll still have decent performance.
    The "small detail" about the CPU if it doesn't support NX is..........

    ......it won't run Win8 RP.

    To check see my earlier post....
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  4. #14


    I saw it working even on pentium 3.
    1GB works for me. It can be installed on minimum 512mb (clean install).
    I couldnt manage to install it on a P3 800 MHz w/ 1024 MB
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  5. #15


    I got it to install on 1024 MB / 1 GB, on Windows 7 and 8.
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  6. #16


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    I saw it working even on pentium 3.
    1GB works for me. It can be installed on minimum 512mb (clean install).
    I couldnt manage to install it on a P3 800 MHz w/ 1024 MB
    Good point vrosa.
    The CPU was a 1GHZ Coppermine Pentium 3 (512mb ram) which has pae nx support.
    So that must be the reason for it to work.

    I also have a 733MHZ Coppermine but didn't tested it there (very slow in my opinion + also only 512mb) and according to this forum doesn't work. Maybe my bro will confirm this.

    Thanks
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8 pro Retail


    Your specs are fine to run Windows 8 RP. As suggested, backup all your files, Windows 8 RP does a FULL format of the existing Operating System, and files before actual install starts.
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  8. #18


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    I saw it working even on pentium 3.
    1GB works for me. It can be installed on minimum 512mb (clean install).
    I couldnt manage to install it on a P3 800 MHz w/ 1024 MB
    Good point vrosa.
    The CPU was a 1GHZ Coppermine Pentium 3 (512mb ram) which has pae nx support.
    So that must be the reason for it to work.

    I also have a 733MHZ Coppermine but didn't tested it there (very slow in my opinion + also only 512mb) and according to this forum doesn't work. Maybe my bro will confirm this.

    Thanks
    Something extra to the story:
    Here is a confirmation that CP x86 runs on Pentium 3 @ 733 mhz and 512 mb ram:
    Click image for larger version
    It's ancient and runs very slow, metro seems to be unusable at first sight but got fixed after a reboot.
    The cpu seems to have pae support! You can install VMware Player 3.1.5 which performs a cpu test during installation and it succeeds.

    Very unexpected results so far 2x success with 2 pentium 3's.

    But the requirements of CP and RP should be the same.

    I'll try to post a cpu-z screenshot.
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  9. #19


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    This is the Pentium 3 @ 733mhz:
    Click image for larger version
    Win8 is supported because there is pae support (confirmed by VMware).

    It's one of the oldest / weakest cpu able to (barely) run Win8. Some solid hardware, the computer's original casing (Compaq Deskpro) said "Made in England", something you don't see anymore lately.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1


    Hi,
    I Believe So!
    Because These Day's Manufactures are Using Intel Celeron Processors And Your Processor is faster

    Hoped this Helped:
    TheTechQuickie
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