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Best operating system choice for a 32mb laptop?

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A while ago I found an old laptop with an intel pentium 1 @ 133ghz and some software which was meant for Windows 3.1 and 95 inside my Grandparents' attic. I have a question before I reinstall a 9x os since the laptop has a virus (I happened to find a Windows 95B & plus, Windows 98SE disc)


Has anyone here ever used one of these OSes on 32mb of ram or a similar amount? I'm wondering if Windows 98 "Degrades preformance" since hardware requirements are a bit higher.


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Well, i have a toshiba satellite 320cds with 32mb ram, but a pentium mmx 266mhz, 98SE runs fine, even with a ton of programs installed. Also ME runs fine.




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KInd of slim pickings (the RAM). 98SE would "work" but 95B would "fit better". Try both. What's to lose? KISS on the "extras".

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Yep, Windows 98 on 32 Mb is definitely "border line" (while Windows 95 would be more than happy about it).
Most probably you can get away with a "mixed mode" 95/98 install.
What I would suggest you though (as I believe you are more into experimenting/having fun than anything else) would be to try on it also an unconventional OS :w00t: at the time it was the fastest thing on earth on low RAM machines:
Working download link (around 45 Mb):

Edited by jaclaz, Today, 01:11 PM.

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