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Old 05-28-2011, 11:32 PM   #1
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Exclamation Is 256 MB of RAM enough for Windows 2000 to run optimally?

Don't go on about "Oh upgrade!" I just need to make use of an older laptop that has no operating system and a Windows 2000 CD.
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:31 AM   #2
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Default Re: Is 256 MB of RAM enough for Windows 2000 to run optimally?

Windows 2000 requires a minimum of 32MB of RAM, although 64MB is the recommended minimum. Windows 2000 will address up to 4GB of RAM.

System requirements for Microsoft Windows 2000 operating systems
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:34 AM   #3
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Default Re: Is 256 MB of RAM enough for Windows 2000 to run optimally?

Optimally? Probably not. Sufficiently well? Yes.
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Default Re: Is 256 MB of RAM enough for Windows 2000 to run optimally?

it will run, but I think when you start to install your programs such as AV your memory will run out and the laptop will start to page to disk and go slow
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Default Re: Is 256 MB of RAM enough for Windows 2000 to run optimally?

Install a Unix or Linux operating system such as Puppy, if you can.
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Default Re: Is 256 MB of RAM enough for Windows 2000 to run optimally?

yes you can install windows 2000 in 256 MB RAM.
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Default Re: Is 256 MB of RAM enough for Windows 2000 to run optimally?

Yes, it will run fine. However, as JCB says, as soon as you start installing and using contemporary programs it's very likely that swapping will drag the machine to a bit of a halt.

If you have to use the machine without a memory upgrade, try to use older software that will run comfortably with 256MB RAM. Even modern web browsers, with plug-ins enabled, will gobble up 256MB of RAM with ease. On that note, disable any plug-ins that are not neccessary to speed up browsing. Also, again as JCB mentioned, any modern anti-virus software will not run great with only 256MB headroom - and it's pointless running old AV software, so research some Anti-virus software requirements and pick a light one. If your using the machine in a isolated enviroment (as in, connectivity, not biologically, lol) you can get away without any AV software.

On the Puppy Linux comment above, Win 2K will run just as smoothly as any Linux Distro that's using a GUI. It's an 11 year old OS and if your laptop has 256MB of RAM, and everything else in the Laptop is of the same era, it's more than capable of running Windows 2000 comfortably. I'd only consider Linux if your going to be using it soley for internet browsing, where AV software would be neccessary under Windows, and program compatibilty is not an issue.

There's my 2p. Hope it helps.

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