Install Windows 7 On Almost Any Netbook

Install Windows 7 On Almost Any Netbook

According to Gizmodo’s John Herman, Windows 7 runs like a charm on diminutive netbooks. Installing the new Windows operating system on a netbook, on the other hand, can be a pain.

To help out netbook-toting Windows loyalists looking to try out the free-for-a-year Windows 7 Release Candidate, Gizmodo walks through how to install Windows 7 on nearly any netbook (even low-end models), assuming you’ve got at least 1GB of RAM, 8GB of hard drive space, a minimum 4GB thumb drive, the Windows 7 Release Candidate, and a little free time.

In a nutshell, the guide details how to install the Windows 7 RC ISO to a bootable USB thumb drive (most netbooks lack the necessary DVD drive to read from a disc) which you can then use to install Windows 7 to your netbook. It’s not as simple as the straight install you’d perform if you were performing a more traditional upgrade to Windows 7, but the post also links to several detailed netbook-specific guides to help you get the job done one way or another.

If you’re already running Windows 7 on your netbook, let’s hear how it’s been working for you in the comments.

How To Install Windows 7 On Almost Any Netbook [Gizmodo]


  • Been running it for a couple of months on my HP Mini 1000 and it’s been a dream.

    Just a protip for anybody deciding to do this: make the taskbar so it’s vertical, along the left side of the screen and make it autohide. There is more horizontal space then there is vertical so there is more room for your open windows then 🙂

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