Less than an hour. Hah. I experienced Vista once or twice on another's machine, and it didn't seem terrible, despite all the hubbub. I do prefer 7.
I started with around .6x, though have gone back and checked out everything since .36b. My first machine came with 256mb or ram, and 32mb video chip, which a firmware update a year or so later (automatic, Dell was good about that) upped to 48mb. It's for a long time been in my candy (dedicated verticle) with a 16mb ATI rage or something, running at 15khz.
SP1. Well, yeah, I loved SP1. Or even just XP. SP2 and 3 progressively encumbered the system, but I've gone with SP3 because I knew it would support what I wanted to do.
> Yes, I noticed that after I posted, never looked at the date until after.
I have never actually used anything earlier than 0.58 and that was back in 2002 or so when I first got started on arcade emulation (SNES9x and PSEmu Pro is what got me started with emulation in the first place). MAME being one of the only emulators on the planet which supported the 24-bit graphics mode of the i810 video chipset on my old HP, without me having to drop down to 16-bit (the chip does not support 32-bit at all). Of course, with the video rewrite came the end of 24-bit support too (or maybe a bit later, I can't remember, but that PC had only gone as far as 0.89 anyway, when it was replaced).
If it's 1.8GHz it could be an early P4 (Williamette), which were quite ordinary to say the least, although it would still beat a triple-digit P3 or a Raspberry Pi/imame4all system hands down. My 2.8 Celeron (Northwood) system came with only 256MB of DDR1 from the factory, so who knows what the OP's RAM is.
And yes, the 2.8 does get to the login screen at 11 seconds (or around 15 seconds when the HDD light goes out), but that machine still has SP1, not SP3 (whether or not that affects loading times is another story - but to me it's all about what the PC is doing in the background which is what takes most systems so long to boot, even Vista can be tuned to boot to desktop in less than an hour, note sarcasm).
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