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Windows 8 will run on old Atom CPUs and 1GB RAM

Seems like Microsoft's taken those bloatware claims to heart and has actually been working hard to minimize the system requirements footprint of the OS.

Lots of interesting stuff coming out from Microsoft's BUILD developer conference. One thing that struck me - how much bloat Microsoft has removed from the OS.

According to Microsoft, Windows 8 will be able to run on systems fitted with Atom CPUs and as little as 1GB of RAM. Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft's president for the Windows and Windows Live divisions, said that even an ageing Lenovo S10 (a mini-notebook from 2008) would have enough grunt to run Windows 8 and that the new OS would run better than Windows 7 on the system - though that's not saying much.

Also on display were some interesting numbers comparing fresh installs of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Windows 7 Preview Release

  • RAM usage: 540MB
  • 34 processes

Windows 7 SP1

  • RAM usage - 404MB
  • 32 processes

Windows 8 Preview

  • RAM usage - 281MB
  • 29 processes

Seems like Microsoft's taken those bloatware claims to heart and has actually been working hard to minimize the system requirements footprint of the OS.

Good work!

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