Windows 10 should be able to install on Pentium 4 and Other Legacy Hardware

What I heard is, Microsoft Windows 10 is supposed to replace Windows 7. Windows 7 runs very well on most Pentium 4 PCs. If you upgrade the graphics card and put in a decent sound card, you can get windows 7 to run very well on these old legacy PCs. If Windows 10 is supposed to replace Windows 7, Windows 10 should support Pentium 4 and other Legacy PCs.

My PCs Specs are:

  • Pentium 4 2.66 GHz (not HT)
  • 160 GB SATA HDD
  • 4 GB of ram
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6200 LE with 512 MB of VRAM

My PC meets the minimum requirements of Windows 10 (Which are):

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster.
  • RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB.
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver.
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access.

As you can see my PC meets the minimum requirements of Windows 10. My PCs BIOS does not have the right option for "execute disable bit". I have tried to install an update to my PCs BIOS but, there still no option for "execute disable bit". I think that "execute disable bit" should not be a requirement for Windows 10. I think it is a unreasonable request. If that was not a requirement I would be able to install Windows 10 on my old Pentium 4 PC. It is still a good PC. It is much faster and better than my NetBook but my netbook Runs Windows 10 fine.

 

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What operating system are you currently running on your Pentium PC?

What is the exact error message, then you try to install Windows 10?

I am currently running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit.

When I boot from the Windows 10 DVD 32-bit I get this error message:

Your PC needs to restart.

Please hold down the power button.

Error Code: 0x0000000A

Parameters:

0xFFD00000

0x000000FF

0x0000000B

0x8152E5E3

Hi Nick

See the following article.

NX bit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NX_bit

"After AMD's decision to include this functionality in its AMD64 instruction set, Intel implemented the similar XD bit feature in x86 processors beginning with the Pentium 4 processors based on later iterations of the Prescott core."

If you are using one of the earlier Pentium 4 processors, it may not include the NX bit.

The NX Bit has been a hard coded requirement in Windows since the original Windows 8 was released.

More information here.

https://twitter.com/GabeAul/status/553311235945398272

Regards

MVP 1999 - Present
Windows Insider MVP
I know that. What I am saying is NX bit is a ridiculous requirement. It should be removed as a requirement. If you want windows 10 to replace windows 7, you need to allow it to be installed on legacy PCs.

Indeed we have lived without problems until Windows 7.

A good Antivirus is enough.

Microsoft could have an advantage to permit users to install Windows 10 on legacy PC. (Windows XP is no longer supported so Windows 10 could be a valid alternative).

x64 version requires LAHF/SAHF instructions.

What I heard is, Microsoft Windows 10 is supposed to replace Windows 7. Windows 7 runs very well on most Pentium 4 PCs. If you upgrade the graphics card and put in a decent sound card, you can get windows 7 to run very well on these old legacy PCs. If Windows 10 is supposed to replace Windows 7, Windows 10 should support Pentium 4 and other Legacy PCs.

I would be VERY happy if it didn't have those minimum hardware requirements (particularly 7, but 10 as well).

But I *think* they have those minimum hardware requirements for a few reasons:

1) Microsoft doesn't WANT to support "legacy hardware" and OS upgrades.  I can think of a number of reasons, some legit, some nefarious, some outright collusional.

2) the internals of Windows, and particularly the "the METRO" schhtuff, can't run efficiently even on a MODERN (hardware, not that idiotic "the METRO" interface allegedly called 'modern') computer.  As such, it requires excessive computing horsepower to do otherwise trivial things.  Compare the "the METRO" "app Store" Solitair game (less so with the 'trial' version in 10074) to the performance of THE! SIMILARLY! NAMED! APPLICATION! ON! WINDOWS! 3.x !!!  Yeah, "the METRO" app PIGGY by comparison, on 100x faster hardware!

3) We're artificially being driven into a 'replace the old with new, regardless' model - ok that's the 'nefarious' and perhaps 'outright collusional' explanation of 1, but it deserves its own point.

NOW - if microsoft were to bite the bullet and just ADMIT that people want to keep their own hardware, then SUPPORT! IT! ALL! WITH! WINDOWS! 10!  then people *might* be more willing to upgrade.  I upgraded an XP laptop to 7 and lost video performance because there's no S3 Virge driver for 7 and probably NEVER! WILL! BE!.  And it's a laptop, so you can't just "change it out".  But the laptop works JUST FINE for doing development work, which is what I use it for.

HOWEVER, I *might* re-consider putting 10 on it *IF* I can get a video driver in 10 for my S3 Virge that doesn't crash, stutter, or have other major problems.  The XP driver worked *PERFECTLY*.  Why can't *THAT* work in 10?  or 7 for that matter?

[yeah maybe time to GET! RID! OF! THE! DRM! NONSENSE!]

let's get HONEST in alt.comp.os.windows-10 on USENET, where there are NO mods
It's too bad that backwards compatibility with hardware has to become such an issue when you decide to go with a new operating system. I read some place that Windows 10 needs to be ran on a multi-core CPU even on an IoT device such as the Raspberry Pi. I now need to go out and buy a Version 2 as my Version B is no longer good enough to run Windows 10 because of it's uni-core processor. I'm guessing in addition to the NX-bit requirement that the same applies to PC Microprocessors.

My old P4 3.60 GHz runs Windows 10 32 bit  (now Build 10074) with no problems.

Info screens:

(Defender doing a full scan  and Update when this capture was made... heavy CPU, Disk and Ethernet usage)

64 bit Architecture, but no Virtualization with 2GB RAM... won't install 64 bit Windows 10; happy on 32 Bit.

Cheers,

Ian

By looking at your specs, I can see it is dual core processing. I did try to install 32-bit Windows 10 on a Uni-core Celeron once with no luck though it had a 2.2 GHz Intel processor with 1 Gb RAM.

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