Windows 7 on an old laptop

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  1. daftpunk1

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    Im trying to install windows 7 on a toshiba tecra laptop. It only has a 1.6ghz celeron processor and 512mb of ram. It had windows vista when I booted it up so presumed windows 7 would install.

    After checking the microsoft website it states 1gb of ram minimum. Is there any way round this. Ive tried windows 7 ultimate and home premium.

    Should I try windows 7 starter, what difference is this netbook version to the ultimate version....anything the average user would miss....?
     
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    It should work.? What error do you get?
     
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    Windows cannot install required files. The file may be corrupt or missing. Make sure all files are required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x80070017

    Ive just installed windows xp successfully and tried again installing windows 7 and no luck.

    Disk works fine as I installed it on another laptop 2 days ago....
     
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    Xp tends to come on cd not DVD.

    Try external drive or installing w7 from a USB pen drive
     
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    Have no external drive, will give usb install a go...cheers....:smashin:
     
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    Would not install from usb, setup just restarted. Going to try vista....:thumbsup:
     
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    I would stick with XP with those specs. Vista will make it suffer even more as it's resource hungry.
     
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    Vista home premium installed fine. Do you think putting another upgrading the ram to 1gb would let windows 7 install...
     
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    Vista will run like a pig. Xp or windows 7 all the way.

    Only time I have seen install errors like that are due to corrupt media or hdd what I am installing onto as windows 7 is more picky about disc checks etc.

    I would add up to 3 more gig as memory is dirt cheap
     
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    I run Windows 7 on a similarly basic PC without issue. In fact, it runs better than XP! Its has 768Mb of ram and a slightly quicker processor @ 2GHz.
     

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