We had installed Windows 7 Release Candidate on an older Toshiba Tecra S1 with 512MB of RAM (previous blog post).
We dropped another 512MB of RAM into the laptop this afternoon.
Here is what the Task Manager looks like with the extra leg room:
The following applications are open:
- Outlook 2007 minimized to the Tray.
- Word 2007 with one document minimized.
- Internet Explorer 8 with 4 tabs open.
- Windows Live Messenger
- Windows Live Writer
- One RDP session to a client SBS 2008.
- One Windows Explorer connected to a remote Company SharePoint site.
Here is the memory footprint:
That extra 512MB of RAM has impacted the laptop’s performance significantly!
Now that there is virtually no swap file action happening, things move along a lot smoother.
With only 512MB of RAM installed into the laptop, things were grinding away too slowly.
So, a Pentium M laptop of any flavour with 1GB of RAM would work out to be a very good field laptop for our technicians.
Even a power user could use this setup with minimal impact on their performance … depending on what they needed to do of course! ;)
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book