Just thought i would consult you guys about my uncle's Packard Bell PC.
The PC Spec is as follows
Packard Bell iMedia 5061
Pentium III / Celeron 850MHz
4MB VRAM (Not sure on make/model)
Ok heres the question! As you can see the PC is old! (Roughly 7 years.)
His mate wants to put Windows XP on it because its slow and there is no ME recovery disc but im convinced XP is too much for the PC and will just make it slower! Of course my uncle wont listen to me when i tell him Windows 2000 is a better option so i would like it in writing. Obviously i will apologise if it can handle XP! Also he has just purchased BT Broadband with the HomHub Router. Is the router to new for the spec of his PC?
Write back please!!
Windows XP won't even install on a machine that's only got 128MB of RAM, the RAM would need to be upgraded. As for Windows 2000, I don't know if that's going to install either. XP and Windows 2000 have about the same system requirements, both of which exceed 128MB of RAM.
Actually I used to have a computer that only had 128MB of RAM that ran Windows XP. I think that is actually the minimum though they recommend 256MB. It's kind of like with Vista when 512MB is the minimum but they recommend at least 1GB. I think this computer actually could run either Windows 2000 or XP though it may be kind of slow with these specs.
XP will run but don't bother do it as once you install SP2 it will be dead slow. Add another firewall and/or anti-virus and you would in fact kill it.
Win2000 is the better option. I did use win2000 with a lower configured computer. Yet, the experience wasn't the best in the world and I managed to get another 128mb chip. Can you upgrade the RAM?
Another option is to install Linux ubuntu ( http://www.ubuntu.com/) on it, though I would install Xubuntu ( http://www.xubuntu.org/) on a computer with those specs you specified.
Oh, forgot to mention, those operating systems are free. Just download, burn to cd, and install.
Xp will most definitely install on a lesser machine than you think.
I have actually recently installed XP on a very similar machine as the orig. poster, with the exception being this one had *64* mb of RAM! it ran terribly. Molasses comes to mind.
Windows 2000 did the trick. still actually ran like booty slightly, but better than XP. but with 128 of ram, Win 2000 should run just fine.
Don't know the system requirements, but between XP and Win2000, I would "think" Win 2000 would be the way to go...
Do know this though... XP with anything less than 512mb ram is slow... big differance between 512 and 256... and I shudder to think what it would run like with only 128 mb...
Linux would be a good option... Or maybe using one of the XP Lite installer type programs (which allows you to strip out un-needed stuff)..
On that machine really WIN98 SE (Second edition), or some type of Linux is going to be your best option... anything beyond that is going to need more ram at the very least to be usable.
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/XPMyths.html lots of info