ptifies his hardware, like also back in:
I've been running a Windows 7 VM with less than that, and it was fine.
Seemed snappy and responsive with only 1GB loaded. But that's with no
cruft added to it. This has hibernate disabled. Indexing turned off.
Aero probably isn't working (because of the standard of video emulation).
That makes it more like WinXP.
This is from my laptop. Sitting idle. It's a single core laptop,
and the cruft on board is using 25% CPU when doing nothing. This
is the situation you'd want to avoid. So in real usage, then
Windows 7 isn't going to be as much fun. Because every tool you
own, assumes the machine is "powerful" and can take the abuse.
I don't expect a 2GB machine will look much worse than the second picture.
An S478 motherboard and CPU, would be about as powerful as my laptop.