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Windows 7 on a NetBook

I'm seriously considering doing this to give Windows 7 a try and hoping that it improves system performance. Anyone else hear or try this yet?

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That article made the installation sound a lot harder than it really is. That said, I'm considering throwing Windows 7 on my laptop for the summer until I head back to school. I'm satisfied with Vista, but there are plenty of things it could do better.

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I've been using one on a netbook for about a week and it's worked great. I've actually got 3 different PC's running it right now and have been pretty satisfied with it across the board.
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I've been using one on a netbook for about a week and it's worked great. I've actually got 3 different PC's running it right now and have been pretty satisfied with it across the board.
Reliable enough to use every day for a a few months?

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Reliable enough to use every day for a a few months?
I've been using it for about 2 weeks every day and it's been great. The only time it crashed was when I tried to install my purchased office ultimate off a USB stick. I was able to download the trial and it worked fine though, which is strange. It's a crap load faster and I generally like a lot of the features. YMMV...

I really enjoy it on my media center PC. It makes streaming/sharing easy, especially when the other pc has Win7 as well, via the "homegroup" feature.
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I finally loaded it on a Dell Precision Workstation laptop with Office 2010 Beta.

Haven't played with it much other than to surf the web a bit, but it does seem pretty decent so far.

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I finally loaded it on a Dell Precision Workstation laptop with Office 2010 Beta.

Haven't played with it much other than to surf the web a bit, but it does seem pretty decent so far.
Do you have any extra Office 2010 betas?
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I have loaded on my Asus EEE 1000ha. Running great, no problems.
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Reliable enough to use every day for a a few months?

7 is considerably faster than Vista and even XP on slower, older machines with PATA drives or low RPM drives. I think my boot time is 15 - 25 seconds...but lets see what happens if files start to fragment.

I am generally impressed with it and hope they don't do something to screw this one up. It is generally being labeled as "How Vista should have been"




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I installed windows 7 on a dell netbook a few days ago and it ran much, much better. Give it a shot.
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I'm planning on installing Windows 7 on my Mini 9 this weekend. How much time did it take most of you guys using a Netbook? The article was talking about hours and possible days to uncompress and install. Is this true? I was planning on using my flash drive and following the steps but fuck that, sounds to complicated. I was planning on buying an extrernal DVD drive anyway, might as well use it for the installation.




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I tried the first Win7 Beta software a few months ago and it seemed kinda buggy to me so maybe this one will be better. Guess I'll DL it when I get home and give it a shot on my HP Mini since it is the only computer I own that is still running XP.

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I'm planning on installing Windows 7 on my Mini 9 this weekend. How much time did it take most of you guys using a Netbook? The article was talking about hours and possible days to uncompress and install. Is this true? I was planning on using my flash drive and following the steps but fuck that, sounds to complicated. I was planning on buying an extrernal DVD drive anyway, might as well use it for the installation.
No, it took me like ~30 minutes. You basically download the ISO, burn it to a disc and the full install took me maybe 20 minutes AND it found all of my T-61 and T-43 (lenovo) drivers off the windows update. It should be noted that Vista/XP has never found those drivers for me before. I've always had to download and install them from IBM's website..

In fact, if you're in the N. Dallas/Carrollton area, you can just borrow my install disk. You just need the key that MS provides from that link I listed above.
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I'm planning on installing Windows 7 on my Mini 9 this weekend. How much time did it take most of you guys using a Netbook? The article was talking about hours and possible days to uncompress and install. Is this true? I was planning on using my flash drive and following the steps but fuck that, sounds to complicated. I was planning on buying an extrernal DVD drive anyway, might as well use it for the installation.
I had an external DVD ROM drive, and using it, it took about 30 minutes to install.
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Grant, thanks for the offer of the DVD driver. I picked up some off brand at Fry's this afternoon for like $65 and it's working out pretty good. The install took longer than 30 minutes but it did go through smoothly. What I'm concerned with is I'm left with 3MB of HD space left WTF! 8 GB SSD. Gonna do some research tomorrow from other Mini 9 owners and see what they have to say. I was planning on upgrading to a bigger SSD HD but wasn't planning on doing it so soon.




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Grant, thanks for the offer of the DVD driver. I picked up some off brand at Fry's this afternoon for like $65 and it's working out pretty good. The install took longer than 30 minutes but it did go through smoothly. What I'm concerned with is I'm left with 3MB of HD space left WTF! 8 GB SSD. Gonna do some research tomorrow from other Mini 9 owners and see what they have to say. I was planning on upgrading to a bigger SSD HD but wasn't planning on doing it so soon.
yeah that's not even going to be functional, you need virtual memory, time for an upgrade
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yeah that's not even going to be functional, you need virtual memory, time for an upgrade
LOL! I kinda figured that but what I was wondering was if that's normal. I found a couple of pages that said with an 8 GB SSD I should have a couple of GB's of free space.

On a side note CJ, what's a good HD formatting program that I can boot from a USB drive?




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LOL! I kinda figured that but what I was wondering was if that's normal. I found a couple of pages that said with an 8 GB SSD I should have a couple of GB's of free space.

On a side note CJ, what's a good HD formatting program that I can boot from a USB drive?
might want to format and reinstall, and select custom install, and remove all non-required applications and features - I'm sure you could wipe out a gig of unnecessary tools.

As for formatting... windows 7 should have a format built into the disk or in the initial menu, it can partition, format, all of that stuff.
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Well this isn't working. I boot from the Win7 DVD and it goes straight into the OS and setting up a user No option to Format or reinstall the OS.




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Well this isn't working. I boot from the Win7 DVD and it goes straight into the OS and setting up a user No option to Format or reinstall the OS.
Are you sure you're not overlooking something? I used the reformat tool from the Win 7 disk last night.
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Are you sure you're not overlooking something? I used the reformat tool from the Win 7 disk last night.
That's what I'm wondering but I can't imagine what. I did it right the first time

I hook up the drive with the Win7 DVD in, boot up and hit 0, select Boot from DVD Drive.... You know I'm not getting that screen that says press any key to boot from DVD. What does that mean?




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I don't think I've heard anything negative about Windows7 yet.
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OK, this is what I get for jumping in without reading. I usually don't get bit by I did this time. Win7 install not recommended for the 8GB SSD, only the 16GB or higher. Now my next problem, I should have made sure I had my restore disk handy before installing Windows 7. Anyone got a picture of what it looks like??? LOL! I got so many Dell CD's laying around I'm not sure what's what




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I bought a Dell Mini9 but with Ubuntu and I wished I had Windows. Is there anyway I could get a recovery disc from someone so i can switch over?

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I bought a Dell Mini9 but with Ubuntu and I wished I had Windows. Is there anyway I could get a recovery disc from someone so i can switch over?
If you are looking for Windows 7, you can download it for free from Microsoft.
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If you are looking for Windows 7, you can download it for free from Microsoft.
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yes, but I have the 8GB SSD and then would have the same prob that Jose had
I've never run into a problem finding a usable copy of XP ***. They are VERY easy to come by. With an 8gb drive I would suggest XP home because the install takes up less space than pro. I'm sure if you asked around on this website you could probably get a copy for free that would work, if not try craigslist. I installed Win7 RC on my home pc a couple days ago and am using it right now.....after getting used to Vista Home Premium on my desktop and work PC I will say there are a few subtle differences that have taken some getting used to, and my home PC is not fully setup just yet...but overall I think 7 RC is faster and seems to run pretty smoothly so far.

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I heard there were some unique drivers for the Mini so if I could borrow a disc made for the Mini I would be better off

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i loaded it on my mini 12 and after the first windows update every driver i needed was in working order.

I am very happy with the performance.
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I heard there were some unique drivers for the Mini so if I could borrow a disc made for the Mini I would be better off
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Thanks for all of the help

Sorry for hi-jacking your thread Jose
Well I said screw-it and ordered a Mini w/ XP from Dell
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Sorry for hi-jacking your thread Jose
Well I said screw-it and ordered a Mini w/ XP from Dell
Selling my Ubuntu Mini9 .....see classifieds...haha
Joe, I told you that you could have ordered the WinXP disk from Dell!




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I called them and they said that won't work. Plus if I did do that they would no longer offer support for my machine.

Besides I had a coupon code so it wasn't bad if I can just sell my Ubuntu

EDIT: I hate their support guys too. The li'l bastid called me back to do a survey about the guy I talked with. I told him I liked the guy but not his supervisor...I don't think he got it

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I called them and they said that won't work. Plus if I did do that they would no longer offer support for my machine.

Besides I had a coupon code so it wasn't bad if I can just sell my Ubuntu

EDIT: I hate their support guys too. The li'l bastid called me back to do a survey about the guy I talked with. I told him I liked the guy but not his supervisor...I don't think he got it
I think that's a load of crap. The computer doesn't know any better and will take any OS you install on it. As far as support, bah I get more help on here and from friends than I've ever gotten from Dell.




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I think that's a load of crap. The computer doesn't know any better and will take any OS you install on it. As far as support, bah I get more help on here and from friends than I've ever gotten from Dell.
Well I will have a recovery disc...haha at 10 times the price :cry:

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Well I will have a recovery disc...haha at 10 times the price :cry:
Man your gonna hate me LOL! So I called Dell Friday afternoon and told them I screwed up my Mini 9 and that it wouldn't boot up and that I couldn't find my XP Restore Disk. They are mailing me a new Restore Disk and a new 8GB SSD with XP installed..... FOR FREE!!!

Good job Dell!

I bought a 32GB SSD last week and installed Win7 on it Friday without a hitch. Boots up really fast and IE8 works pretty quick on it. Joe you should have gone this route rather than buying a new Mini9. I only have a couple of minor gripes so far. I need to find the right touch pad drivers for it so I can do the finger scroll thing and a slightly bigger gripe is that it's really slow to shut down, like maybe a good minute to minute and a half.

I also read on the Dell Mini website that Dell is discontinuing the Mini 9 so I bet that Mini well be worth some money Joe. Might hold on to it for a bit and slap it on eBay and see if you can make more money off of it.




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I've downloaded but haven't installed yet. Is it really close enough to be released this soon??

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I've downloaded but haven't installed yet. Is it really close enough to be released this soon??

http://www.pcworld.com/article/16596...ctober_22.html
I think so. I have 4 PC's with it already and have been using it since it became available and it's already my favorite version of Windows so far...by far.
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I think so. I have 4 PC's with it already and have been using it since it became available and it's already my favorite version of Windows so far...by far.
Cool, I am waiting for WD to send me a new HDD for my Dell and I was planning to add a W7 partition on it. I also have my dead Acer that I need to replace the drive on(since I dropped it) and I was thinking W7 would look good on it too.
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Other than having to downloading Vista drivers (using the drivers from a Dell Mini 12) for Bluetooth and the Wireless card and a few other drivers, it's working pretty smooth right now. Got it setup so I can tether with my AT&T Tilt as a modem and I'm mobile with this baby. It's going camping with me tomorrow




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