Can we stop with the "Windows on less than X amount of RAM is unusable" rhetoric?
Sorry, but in my experience recent versions of Windows are using almost 2GB of RAM on system startup. My wife's work laptop had (until recently) 4GB of RAM ... and by the time it booted and had one program running on it, it was already thrashing. It was slow to the point of being painful.
My mother owns a laptop with Vista and 1GB of RAM on it .. and doing anything on it is pathetic.
It wasn't true then and with multicore processors and SSDs, it's even less true now.
The speed of your processor is completely irrelevant if all it's doing it paging to VM.
I've said for years, if you want to get the most longevity and usefulness out of a computer, don't worry about buying a faster CPU, buy a truck load more memory -- because over time everything wants more damned memory.
When my wife's work laptop got upgraded from 4GB to 12GB, the speed and the utility of the machine changed drastically ... as in, actual multi-tasking worked because the machine wasn't thrashing. It went from "it's still booting, I can't start task manager" to "it's still booting, but I can start task manager, launch Outlook, AND fire up a VM". Because it's no longer wasting all of it's time paging.
It has been true since Windows 3 that if you run Windows with the minimum Microsoft suggested, you'd have a useless machine which did everything slowly. And this was when computers came with more like 4MB of RAM.
When Vista came out, it was pretty much unusable with anything less than what seemed like a vast amount of memory at the time, certainly more than was in most systems at the time.
If you think saying Windows with not enough RAM is rhetoric, either you don't use computers much, or you're entirely too willing to put up with a machine which is too damned slow.
Put a full version of Windows onto a tablet with a small amount of RAM, and you most certainly will end up with a slow and useless device.
Rhetoric my ass. It was true then, and it's true now. Windows with insufficient RAM is a dog.