What is the lightest windows OS?

dan1el

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I have a computer that doesn't have too much RAM (512MB): what OS should I use to optimize?

Computer is used mostly for surfing, studying and watching YouTube videos.
 
In terms of resources required, the lightest version of Windows is 1.0, but I doubt this would suit your needs. The lightest supported version is XP, but that's getting a little long in the tooth now and will soon be out of support.

Personally, I would either

1. Install more memory and use Windows 7. Memory is not expensive these days.

or

2. Use Linux.
 

dan1el

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thanks... i will google that, but can you send me info concerning what that is, and where to get it?... incase I can't find it...? you can PM me with the info -- thanks.
 

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A standard Xp would compete with an antivirus, a firewall and a browser if they had to share 500MB. It Ram size can't improve, W2k would run better than the standard Xp. Observed by myself with both OS on a 500MB machine.

Running an application on W2k isn't tragic... Many do, but you have to check it before.
 

Walid Ahmed

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I Recommend Windows XP Arium 3005 French it Takes 265 MB ram & 2 gb Hard drive compared with a normal Windows Xp That takes 512 MB ram i'm using it right now with my toshiba protege M400