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win7 s10-2

It’s Windows 7 launch day… and that means many of those pretty little netbooks and notebooks I told you about the other day that come preloaded with Windows 7 are now shipping. I placed an order for an Acer Aspire Timeline AS181T to review and it should ship in a few days. But I’ve already seen evidence that 10 inch netbooks from Asus, HP, Sony, and other PC makers have already shipped.

In related news, Lenovo has updated the IdeaPad S12 order page to reflect the fact that the $429 laptop is now available with a choice of Windows XP or Windows 7 Home Premium. What’s interesting is that there doesn’t appear to be a Windows 7 option for the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 at Lenovo.com. But you can order the company’s 10.1 inch laptop with Windows 7 Starter Edition from Amazon for $349.99. The same laptop is available from Lenovo.com for $299 and up.

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5 replies on “Windows 7 netbooks now shipping”

  1. Thanks for the resourceful review!

    I got my first look at Windows 7 this week and my initial reaction was “so far, so good.”

    “So far” being the key phrase of that statement.

    New operating systems are almost always an improvement, and will almost always generate some sort of enthusiasm or buzz within the first couple months.

    But until the user sits down and gets a feel for what a new OS is all about (outside the VirtualBox), you’re not going to understand the product’s deficiencies … or its notable improvements.

    The reality being you need at least 4-6 months under your belt before you can conclude how successful an OS is for you. And that’s the bottom line, how successful is this system to you and your work environment?
    Here are my Top 7 reasons Windows 7 could be a success, and Top 7 reasons it could be a failure:


  2. I do not see Win7 as a netbook or UMPC os. It is too bloated. I think Microsoft should not assume Windows is thee operating system for all computers.

    I waiting to install ReactOS onto my Asus EEE 701a PC. It does not support USB yet. ROS is small in size and does not require alot of resources to run.

    I am waiting for eComStation 2.0 to come out. https://www.ecomstation.com I read that they might have one on a SD Card which would make it easier to install onto a netbook.

  3. i am guessing that win7 starter have much the same requirements as winxp ulcpc licenses have right now, while win7 home or higher are unlimited…

    or maybe not, the netbooks with starter that microsoft have listed all list 2GB ram, vs the 1GB ram that winxp netbooks had as part of ulcpc…

    but then that could have been forced by requirements for win7, ouch…

    all in all, this stinks…

    1. Yep, for Win7 HP you can go wild. For Win7 Starter you’re stuck with 1GB
      RAM, 250GB hard drive, and don’t quote me on this, but it looks like 10.2
      inch or smaller display and Atom or similarly slow CPU.
      The interesting thing is that most machines with Win7 Starter are still
      going for $30 more than WinXP netbooks, which would seem to indicate that
      Microsoft isn’t giving PC makers quite as deep a discount on Win7 as they
      were with XP.

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