Mac Mini 1,1 core duo and windows

smuudge

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Jun 1, 2007
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hi all, I’ve got an old Mac Mini 1,1 1.66hgz core duo that has been a trusty and loyal servant for many years as a media centre for TV and movies etc. I have managed to upgrade to OS X 10.6.8 and as i understand it that’s as far as I can go, even using a hack.

My question is how far can I take a Windows OS on this machine, to what version and what virtual software should I use (boot camp/VM) etc? I’m fairly competent in trying to force hardware to run things it officially can’t support but keen to know if it’s a worthwhile exercise. Time is not an issue, just would like to know if and what is possible.

Just to add the main things I want to run are Plex, Kodi and a web browser.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Significant1

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I have a similar machine, where I replaced the cpu with a 2GHz Core2 duo. I have Windows 10 installed, but haven't used it for years. That was 64bit Windows though, which is not supported by core duo, but there is not really any advantage, since it can only have 2GB ram or 3GB (if you flash the firmware) installed, which is below the 4GB 32bit can address. I am sure you can get 32bit Windows 10 up and running unless they have scrapped support since I installed it.
 
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smuudge

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Cheers. I will give Windows 10 32bit a go in that case. Would you recommend attempting to install using Bootcamp, VMWare or Parallels?
 

Significant1

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Cheers. I will give Windows 10 32bit a go in that case. Would you recommend attempting to install using Bootcamp, VMWare or Parallels?
Bootcamp. I don't think you have much choice, the hardware is simply to underpowered, especially maximum ram (Virtual machine loves ram and ssd).