The system requirements for Windows 7 are very low considering that you could take a computer that is 10 years old and still run Windows 7 on it. In fact, you only need to have a 1 GHz which has been around even longer than 10 years before Windows 7 was launched. But the real question is whether you should actually run this operating system with the minimum requirements.
The answer is a resounding “No.” The reason for this is because it is going to run incredibly slowly. The minimum specifications require a 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of hard drive space, and a graphics card that can support Direct X 9. Finding one of these computers for $100 and in some cases even less depending on how used the computer is can be rather simple. In fact, the operating system is probably worth more than the computer itself. So what is going to happen if you buy one of these and then run Windows 7?
First of all the computer is going to run at a very sluggish speed. The 1GHz CPU with only 1GB of RAM is going to mean that your ram is not fully utilized because the CPU usage is typically going to max out before the memory when using any decent sized applications. This means that you will be waiting and waiting while your computer uses all the processing power that it has.
Possibly more importantly is that all the processes that run in the background are going to take up more than 50% of that RAM. You need to be very careful because this can cause your computer to freeze. Although Windows 7 is much more stable than Vista, handicapping your system with only 1GB of RAM is not a wise choice.
So if you plan on using this operating system, just go out and buy a new computer if you are running one that is this old. For $500 you can get a system that will fully utilize all of the capabilities in Microsoft’s latest OS.