Impossible to run Win10 on 1gb of ram.

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by nuhkka, Aug 2, 2015.

  1. nuhkka

    nuhkka MDL Member

    Aug 7, 2009
    So I 'upgraded' my HP Stream 7 running 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Home and I realized that Win 10 uses way too many resources. The pc constantly lags and hangs to where the only way to resume is to hold the power button to restart. I tried uninstalling all the apps (like you can on Win 8.1) and also going into the settings and disabling background apps and problems still persist. 8.1 ran pretty well on 1gb of ram.

    Has anyone had any luck with Win 10 and 1gb of ram?
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  2. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

    Dec 6, 2011
    Windows 10 will run on a netbook with 2gb of RAM. I just upgraded my Gateway netbook from 8.1. Although a netbook is no powerhouse, it is great for a travel PC to check e-mail, making reservations, looking for addresses, etc.
  3. Lacius

    Lacius MDL Junior Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    I have Windows 10 running on an old computer with 1GB of RAM, and it runs just fine. At the very least, it's no worse than when it ran Windows 8.1.
  4. pirithous

    pirithous MDL Member

    Dec 17, 2014
    Windows 10 will do a clean install with 1GB of ram, but the upgrader won't run as it will tell you you have too little memory. And just for the record, 1GB of ram is too small for many Linux distros as well.
  5. a0a0

    a0a0 MDL Novice

    Aug 16, 2009
    My HP Stream 7 have the same performance with w8.1 and w10, try a clean install.
  6. Ownster

    Ownster MDL Novice

    Jul 4, 2015
    32bit or 64bit?
  7. drnoellyg

    drnoellyg MDL Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    I have installed Windows 10 in now 4 low end machines, one of them only has 1 gb of ram. Windows 10 runs well, certainly I feel it as if not a little bit better than Windows 7 ran on the same system. I should mention that I did the upgrade and immediately a clean install so I'm not carrying over any programs or files. CPU also matters, can you tell us your specs? Thanks.
  8. ZaForD

    ZaForD MDL Expert

    Jan 26, 2008
    I been running W10 on my Stream 7 since 10074 (the first build I could get to install)
    Right the way through the builds its had 'Power' related issues 'Lagging, Not working Up, and Crazy Battery Life' All that stopped with the 1016X builds and the new Intel chipset drivers, all Power/Battery issues have gone away and its as good as if not better then W8.1.

    Either Reset or Reinstall W10 as something is miss configured on your device.
    Also make sure your using the x86 version, there is no way the x64 version will 'Usefully' run with 1GB RAM.

    Side note:
    If you do manage to do a 'Compact' install on the HP Stream 7 you'll have almost 20GB Free Space after OS and driver install. ;)
  9. rpo

    rpo MDL Addicted

    Jan 3, 2010
    I upgraded a Sony notebook (1 GB ram, 160 GB disk, Atom processor 1.6 Mz) running Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bits.
    I downloaded the Windows ISO using the MediaCreationTool and executed the setup.exe after mounting the iso and keeping my parameters and files.
    The process lasted a couple of hours but new the PC runs fine.
  10. drnoellyg

    drnoellyg MDL Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    How long did it last? I have a netbook that I use just as a music server and it took probably 2 hours to get everything done and Win 10 runs very well.
  11. eemuler

    eemuler MDL Member

    Jul 31, 2015
    Give it a bit of time and see if things improve. I installed Windows 7 and did the Windows Update thing before upgrading (probably not needed, but I did it anyway). 220 updates were listed in the first run of WU. I kept my eye on TrustedInstaller - at one stage it was using 17 GB of memory. :eek: This was on a 4 GB system, so you can imagine how much HDD activity ensued as a result of all that virtual memory use.

    Once the updates are done with, however, things get better. I have seen it on both 4 GB and 2 GB systems - rather good performance. IMHO better than Windows 8.
  12. rpo

    rpo MDL Addicted

    Jan 3, 2010
    I don't remember, but I guess more than 4 hours.