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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Adirondack Mountains
05-19-2009, 11:50 PM
Microsoft's OEM licensing restriction for XP on netbooks is 1GB RAM (absolute max.) and 160GB HDD (upped last year from 80GB).
This could change once Windows 7 is RTM'd.
One school of thought is that the RAM limit is to prevent OEMs from pushing Vista on netbooks and the resulting disappointment (w/ Aero, etc.). With the improvements of W7, on the one hand Microsoft may back down and allow more RAM on W7 systems. On the other hand, they may say W7 can run fine on 1GB and keep the limit.
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Join Date: Apr 2009
05-20-2009, 01:53 AM
The limit is not on how much RAM the system can have. It is on how much RAM the system can be sold with, and come pre-installed with XP.
And, the reason they even allow XP is because of how poorly Vista runs on the Atom, especially with 1GB.
I guaranfreakintee that once Win7 is officially released, you will see Netbooks pre-loaded with it and 2GB of RAM.
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