Windows 10: Let's run Win10 on really really old hardware
as an interesting addition to this - would W10 run as a VM on those machines that don't have the NX support alluded to earlier in the thread or where W10 wouldn't run.
The latest version of VMWARE workstation also has dynamic memory handling so even if your old machine only has 2 GB RAM lack of RAM might not be an impossible restriction.
Modern VM systems can emulate a lot of CPU instructions that the native CPU doesn't have. It could be worth a try if you can't get W10 to work on an older CPU.
VMPLAYER is FREE if you don't have VMEARE Workstation.
I have a Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo P socket 775 Pentium 4 540 HT 3200 Prescott (introduced June 21 2004) with 2GB RAM (Free of charge, rescued from being thrown out with the trash because the GPU had failed), originally with XP Pro. The BIOS (AMI) is dated 03/02/05.
So it is a little older than the Pentium M 780 which was introduced on July 25 2005 according to: List of Intel Pentium M microprocessors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I picked up a PCI-E GeForce 9500 GT for £10 from a local computer shop, a strange beast taking up 2 slots with a huge heatsink and no fan.
The CPU is 32bit only, single core and 2 threads, so it appears to have 2 processors, but it tended to run really hot, often up to 90 deg C on Windows 8.1 Enterprise trial. It was also very noisy in the CPU fan department. So I didn't use it often.
As luck had it, a couple of months back, another free trashed PC came my way, an unbranded Core 2 Duo, with a dead motherboard. Swapping the Scaleo P ASUS P5GD1-FM/S motherboard (which sadly does not support the Core 2 Duo CPU) into the case, and using the fan and heatsink from the Core 2 Duo, I now had a quieter, and slightly cooler system, because the new case (Antec NSK4482B) also has a huge cooling fan.
It runs 10130 well, with CPU temperatures typically 57 - 70 deg C, much lower than 8.1 enterprise trial, as Windows 10 seems to go easier on the CPU.
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Asus P5K-SE + Intel Dual core 1.6 GHz (not Core 2 Duo) + 2GB of RAM + Nv 8600, 512 MB + 120 GB HDD and everything works just fine on 10130.
It is fun reading how old some of these systems are that will run Windows 10. . .thanks for posting. . .
That's an interesting thought but those would be really really old CPUs. Especially since NX can be safely bypassed.
Interesting that CPU supposedly does not have NX support. Did you bypass checking? Or maybe MS forgot to turn it on for these preview builds.
ARK | Intel 4 Processor 540/540J supporting HT Technology (1M Cache, 3.20 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
it would not install on the old dell I posted about above ,because cpu did not support NX.
I have win7 home 32 bit installed on it with 1gig ram ,its not a computer I use regular, in fact it was used very little since I bought it many years ago ..it came with winxp pro ,,, it has I think a 1000 or it maybe a 1500 rpm scsi hdd ,just not sure anymore
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Ark is wrong (kindof). The 540 does not support NX, the 540J does. The J in the name indicates NX support.
No, I did not bypass checking.
Is my processor a 540J then?
I installed from a Windows 8.1 Enterprise trial, mounting the 10130 .ISO and using the \sources setup to an empty 60GB NTFS partition.
Anything that can run Windows 7 (32-bit) can also run Windows 10 (32-bit) although I'd highly advise 3-4GB of memory minimum with Windows 10 on older hardware if possible or you'll have to live with the pagefile being used all the time, 2GB of memory is just not enough even for Windows 7 (32-bit) on older hardware and considering Windows 10 has new potentially memory hogging features like Virtual Desktops and desktop Metro Apps 3-4GB of memory minimum is highly advised even on the 32-bit version of the OS.
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