I have an old IBM Thinkpad T42. It has a Pentium M (single core) processor runing at 1.7 Ghz with 1 Gigabyte of RAM and a 32 Megabyte ATI Radeon 7500 graphics adapter. Its hard drive was frequently blue screening on me so I decided to replace the frive and load Windows 7 on it.
I replaced the drive and popped in one of the Windows 7 Ultimate RTM copies I have. The nstallation went very smoothly. Windows 7 picked up all the hardware. It connected to my nework (wirelessly) with no problem.
I am very impressed at how smoothly and sweetly the machine is running. I am able to multitask without any major lag. I really don’t see any performance difference with the original (Windows XP) operating system. In my opinion it speaks volumes about Windows 7 that it can run so nicely on such old hardware.
I had previously installed the RC version on my test machine, a desktop with an AMD Athlon X2 5000, with 4 Gig of RAM. Agan the install went smoothly. It also picked up my 10+ year old Jet Direct 3 port (Parallel) Print Server, right down to the model number. I’ve had no problems with any hardware or software running on it.
I think Microsoft has a real winner here!