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PRACTICAL W2K Hardware Minimums

By joe landwehr ·
We all know that Microsoft's "recommended minimums" for running Windows 2000 on the desktop are impractical:
CPU Pentium 133 MHz
Hard Drive 2GB, with 650MB free

It'll run, but performance will be so poor that the end-user is likely to throw the PC out the window.

In your experience, what are the practical minimums for W2K/O2K?

We are a manufacturing facility running a variety of Compaq DeskPro PCs with WinNT, Office 97, Lotus Notes R5. Our planned migration will include W2K and O2k concurrently.

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W2K Hardware

by Terry Slavens In reply to PRACTICAL W2K Hardware Mi ...

I'm running W2K, Office97, SMS, LAN Admin programs, etc.

I am on a 200MHz workstation, 128MB RAM, 2GB harddrive. No problems.

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Practical Min's

by BuffaloDan In reply to PRACTICAL W2K Hardware Mi ...

I dual boot win2k/win98 at home...

running Office 2k, Visual Studio 6, and motocross madness 2.

Hardware is Pentium 200mhz, 80 mb ram, 3 gb hdd, and 16bit sound card, 16mb nvidia pci video.

Dan T...
MCSE, A+, CCNA -(In progress..)

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just a follow up,

by BuffaloDan In reply to Practical Min's

performance is much better than win98, and i will never load winme.

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Notes R5 is resource hungry

by Aaron Bird In reply to PRACTICAL W2K Hardware Mi ...

Our lowest spec machine is currently a P2 266 with 128mg of RAM. This is mainly due to Lotus Notes R5 which - as you would know - really likes chewing up those resources.
I have had W2K Pro, O2K, and Notes R5 running on a P233 with 64 mg RAM and almost did "throw it out the window" I would hate to see notes on a 166 let alone a 133 with W2K and O2K. Your best bet would be to attempt to cycle down some of your higher spec machines and get some new hardware.


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Based on what I found...

by Nichomach In reply to PRACTICAL W2K Hardware Mi ... be acceptable performance for me, I've imposed a cutoff of a Celeron 366 with 128MB RAM, or a PII 350 with similar. Anything much less than that, and the users are revolting. Well, I mean, the users are always revolting, but you know what I mean...

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by KarlK In reply to PRACTICAL W2K Hardware Mi ...

I've run Win2K Pro on a P133 system. But I had 128M of RAM. Performance was acceptable (slightly better than NT4 on the same system) but nothing to write home about.

Many of my customers are making the CPU cutoff somewhere in the 233+ Mhz range. But by far the RAM is the most important piece. Buy as much as you can afford.

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