Trusted Reviews has a handy tutorial for any masochists looking to install Windows Vista on an MSI Wind. The laptop is designed to run Windows XP or Linux, but with 1GB of RAM and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU it’s (just barely) capable of running Vista.

The easiest way to install Vista is with a USB DVD drive, since the MSI Wind, Eee PC, and most other netbooks lack built in optical disc drives. But Trusted Reviews provides instructions for transfering your installation files to USB flash drive instead. The tutorial also recommends using vLite to customize your Windows Vista installater by stripping programs, services, and other components you don’t need.

In the end, what you get is a tiny laptop running a resource-intensive operating system. Trusted Reviews found that it took a relatively long time to perform basic tasks like opening folders or launching program. But hey, at least you get nifty transparency effects.

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2 replies on “How to install Windows Vista on an MSI Wind”

  1. I’d much rather see them try and get 95 up and running. I’m pretty sure it would fly on a netbook. Who needs wireless networking anyway?

    1. You’re kidding right? 95 was shit when it came out. It wasn’t untill 98SE that we got a stable windows OS. Besides good luck finding one driver for it. You would also have to Format the drive to FAT16 which wouldn’t be easy and from memory DOS had to be installed before 95.

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