8GB is plenty of storage space for Windows XP or most Linux distributions. So if you have one of the first generation Acer Aspire One computers with an 8GB SSD, you should have no problem running those operating systems. Windows 7, however, is another story.
If you try a normal install on a system with just 8GB of free space, it will hang near the end. But David at Electronic Pulp found a solution. All you need to do is apply a little disk compression. The process takes a really long time to complete. Like instead of taking about 30-60 minutes to install Windows 7, it will take 1-2 days. But with patience, you can install Windows 7 on a netbook with just 8GB of storage and still have nearly 2GB of free disk space when the install process is complete.
The disk compression probably takes at least a little toll on the computer’s speed and performance. And the Acer Aspire One is notorious for using slow solid state disks which work well enough with Linux but are a bit pokey for Windows XP. So I imagine an 8GB Aspire One won’t be quite as zippy as some other Intel Atom-based netbooks when running Windows 7. But if you’re determined to give it a try, check out the instructions at Electronic Pulp.
via Eee PC.net