Carl - Thanks for the info.
Knowing that Windows 10 is even better than 8.1 is good to know. But under my OP request for reasonable minimum RoonServer requirements for a 1,500 album library, I think the minimum remains at Windows 7. It works. Now we know that 8.1 and 10 are even better, but do not know how much that “bump” really matters.
As to memory… I did not realize Roon was a 32 bit app! That implies a lot. So while I will not disagree that having 8 meg would be good for future proofing - should Roon be rebuilt at 64 bit AND if Roon is modified to take advantage of the addition address space - I’m going to fall back on my OP: reasonable minimum requirements. And that sounds like 4 GB to me. Here’s why…
Roon (not server, but the more demanding full app) runs just fine in 2 GM of shared application address space (memory) today. I’ve not seen posts about it falling over when you hit 10,000 albums. So it sounds like it runs just fine in that space, no doubt more so for the modest 1,500 album library that I’m asking about. So until we begin discussing future proofing, the answer to minimum RAM is 4 GB. Could be less actually, but we know 4 works.
As for future proofing, unless things have changed since I was coding, taking a 32 bit app to 64 bit AND changing the app to take proper advantage of additional memory is usually a pretty substantial change. It’s something you have to be motivated to do. And given that Roon works fine now with total RAM at 4 GB, I’m hard pressed to see that work as compelling.
So I appreciate the advice, but I’m inclined to think that 4GB is going to remain enough memory for quite a while. For a 1,500 album library that I’m asking about, that might never change.
Please feel free to disagree. Thanks for the help.
PS - All the above rationalizations fall apart if Roon is using PAE - or some other method - to break out of the 4 GB limit now. Does anyone know if that’s happening?
PPS - Please note that I’m trying to establish minimum requirements. If you are buying hardware for a ROON server, the “you may as well buy more than you need while you are buying” is another conversation entirely.