By slaveofconvention at 2009-12-10 05:46
Are you the proud owner of a linux or XP based netbook and wondering if you can get Windows 7 on there instead? Most netbooks simply didn't have the raw speed to run Vista well, but with the lower requirements of Windows 7, the rules have changed. I have installed Windows 7 Ultimate on my Acer Aspire One A150 netbook (1GB RAM Upgrade), and this guide will take you through the fairly simple steps for you to do the same with your preferred netbook. More here...<!--break-->
Most people reading this are likely to be familiar with installing operating systems, and this is not going to be a full step-by-step, as Datech already covered that very well in his guide to installing the Release Candidate - very little, if anything, has changed in regards the install. This tutorial will cover the specific differences between a USB and a DVD based installation.
If you're worried that your netbook may not be capable of running Windows 7 well, this might reassure you a little. My Netbook was originally a linux based Acer Aspire One A150 with 512MB ram and an Intel Atom A270 single core CPU. I upgraded the RAM to a total of 1536MB and installed XP the day I bought it. Installing Windows 7 was a lot easier and the following image shows you the system rating under Windows 7 Ultimate.
Windows Experience Index under Windows 7 Ultimate
2.0 isn't the most amazing score known to man, but it does demonstrate that the single core Atom based system is capable of running the Operating System, and after a few weeks of use, I can personally confirm that it does so more than smoothly enough to be utterly usable.
If you have access to a USB DVD drive, you can just follow the guide penned by our very own Datech and available here. If not, however, you can use this guide to install Windows 7 via a USB memory stick, as long as you have access to one big enough.
To carry out this installation you will need the following items..
* I personally used a retail DVD but I have it on good authority that this can be done just as effectively with the OEM or RC1 disks.
- Windows 7 Installation DVD & unused licence Key*
- PC with a DVD drive, Running XP, Vista or Windows 7
- USB Memory Stick with a capacity of 4GB or more**
- Netbook computer, Acer Aspire One, eeePc, MSI Wind, Samsung NC10 etc
** You actually only need 2.5GB of space on your USB memory stick, but I've never seen one between 2.5GB and 4GB