It’s hard to deny that Microsoft’s Windows 7 was one of the most beloved operating systems, especially because of the great stability and features that were really needed. Of course some people might say that Windows 95 and XP were equally as good. The issue is that even though support for Windows 7 ended more than two years ago, this 2008 system remains the third most popular with a 10% market share. However, as if these were not enough factors, here is one more.
Proven! Windows 7 was really the best system!
One of the reasons for the popularity of this system was that it worked very well even with the minimum requirements. All it needed was a 1GHz processor and 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit) of system memory. And despite such low requirements, the software has managed to support up to 256 cores in 64-bit mode. In other words, very forward-looking. However, although Microsoft maintained the same requirements until Windows 10, we never had an experience like Windows 7.
To test all this out, Twitter user NTDEV tried running it on a 5MHz Pentium-S. That is, 200 times lower than the official requirement. Added to this is 128MB of RAM.
As you can guess, several important modifications were made to this feat. The entire OOBE folder was deleted and registry adjustments were made. The boot configuration database has also been tweaked so that it starts in Safe Mode even when the “Start Windows Normally” option is chosen. At the same time the graphic elements were disabled.
Now this enthusiast managed to get into Windows 7 Ultimate build 7601 SP1 after about 28 minutes. The system was stable and it was confirmed that it was indeed running at 5Mhz.
A fun experience with a system that runs on many computers today and much faster.