If you’ve got a USB DVD drive and a netbook with 16GB or more of storage, odds are you can install Windows 7 the old fashioned way. If you don’t feel like buying a DVD drive just to install an operating system or you have a netbook with just 8GB of storage, you might want to check out Gizmodo’s guide for installing Windows 7 on netbooks.

The guide offers step by step directions for downloading Windows 7 RC,  and then loading all of the installation files onto a 4GB or larger USB flash drive which you can use to install Windows 7 on your netbook. There are also tips for squeezing the OS to fit on a machine with an 8GB SSD and for tweaking the operating system to play well with popular netbooks like the Acer Aspire One, Asus Eee PC, and Dell Inspiron Mini.

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4 replies on “Guide for installing Windows 7 on most netbooks”

  1. I’ve been running W7 RC for a few weeks on my Mini 10 with good results. I have even overclocked the FSB with setFSB up to about 1.6 Ghz (I have the 1.3Ghz version) and remained perfectly stable with little effect on heat/battery life. I would probably not have bothered had Ubuntu 9.04 or Netbook remix worked on this machine, but I’m happy with Win 7 and will probably pay for the upgrade in March.

  2. I have been running Windows 7 RC since it was released a couple of weeks ago on my Acer Aspire One AOA 150 1.6 Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1GB DDR 160GB 802.11 b/g. Windows 7 so far has run great and I would recommend it to anyone my Acer even seem to generate less heat since I have installed Win7 RC. Overall I am glad I took the plunge and plan to upgrade to the once the actual retail release is available.

  3. I’m really wanting to put this on my Acer Aspire One D150 (w/ 2gb RAM) but I just got XP Pro to where I wanted it. I’ll probably be making the switch soon, though.

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