I have been installing Windows 7 on every Computer I can get my hands on just to test how well it does. I have to say I have been impressed. At the lowest end so far I have installed it on a Toshiba Libretto U105, and while there is no Vista Driver for its Graphics Card, and I don’t have the finger Print Reader working yet, the Windows 7 install is running very well, better than it did on XP, and Far better than it did on Windows Vista. Only Windows 7 32 bit will run on the Libretto.
These are the Specs for the Toshiba Libretto U105, which is about the lowest end I would install on:
- Processor Intel Pentium M 753 / 1.2 GHz
- Core voltage technology Ultra Low Voltage (ULV)
- Data bus speed 400 MHz
- Processor features Enhanced SpeedStep technology , Execute Disable Bit capability , Power-optimized processor system bus
- Chipset type Intel 855GME
- Type L2 cache
- Cache size 2 MB
- Installed Size 512 MB / 1.25 GB (max)
- Technology DDR SDRAM – 333 MHz
- Memory specification compliance PC2700
The next Windows 7 Install I did was on my ASUS G2S. A behemoth laptop with a 64 bit processor and an Nvidia Graphics card. This machine was more than capable of running Vista and makes Windows 7 look good. All of the hardware instantly was detected, except for the Intel Ready Drive, which I never got to work on 64 bit Windows Vista either. The Windows 7 32 bit Install detected all hardware, except the Gigabit Nic on board which installed easily with the Vista Driver for it.
Last was a Custom Built Desktop PC. This was the most interesting install as it is built from “scrap” parts I have picked up here and there, but the install went easily enough. The interesting thing was that everything detected just fine, but my hardware score went from a 5 in the hardware performance test to a 2 on account of a greatly lowered Hard Disk Score, 5 vs. 2. I’m looking in to the cause of this, as my other systems have a slightly lowered benchmark for the Hard Drive but nothing so drastic as this.