Windows 7 Starter Edition works on a Pentium 3 system

I got curious if Windows 7 will work on a Pentium 3 system. Turns out it works fine, provided you can find supported expansion cards.

My system barely met the minimum requirements of 1GB of RAM and 1GHz+ 32-bit CPU:

  • ASUS P3B-F v1.04 motherboard;
  • Tualatin Celeron 1400MHz with Coppermine adapter and a generic slotket;
  • ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB AGP video card;
  • 1GB of RAM (4 x 256MB PC133 SDRAM);
  • Sound Blaster 128 PCI;
  • RTL8139 NIC;
  • beige AOpen ATX case with 300 Watt Zalman ATX power supply.

I had to replace parts that worked great in Windows 98 SE and Windows XP, but are unsupported in Windows 7:

  • ATI Radeon 9200 128MB low-profile, passive cooled AGP video card;
  • Sound Blaster AWE64 ISA;
  • Intel 10/100 Pro NIC.

Computer is a bit sluggish but usable.

Here are the Windows 7 hardware scores:

Windows 7 hardware scores for a Pentium 3 system