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Microsoft: Netbooks Can Run Any Windows 7 Version

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft: Netbooks Can Run Any Windows 7 Version

With the Microsoft Windows Blog recently boasting netbook's sold running Windows XP accounted for 96 per cent of the market, these statements are fairly significant...

Speaking to betanews a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed: "Any SKU of Windows 7 will be able to run on netbooks, which means that the hardware limitations of a netbook won't affect the functionality of Windows 7 regardless of SKU. With Windows 7, Microsoft is on track to have a smaller OS footprint, an improved user interface that should allow for faster boot-up and shut-down times, improved power management for enhanced battery life, enhanced media capabilities and increased reliability, stability and security."

The rumour had been netbook makers would be restricted to the Starter edition of Windows 7 which not only removes superficial niceties like the Aero animations but also limits fundamental performance such as the number of simultaneous running programmes.

"These engineering investments allow small notebook PCs to run any version of Windows 7, and allow customers complete flexibility to purchase a system which meets their needs," the spokesperson clarified. "Small notebook PCs can run any version of Windows 7. For OEMs that build lower-cost small notebook PCs, Windows 7 Starter will now be available in developed markets at a lower cost. For the most enhanced, full-functioning Windows experience on small notebook PCs, however, consumers will want to go with Windows 7 Home Premium, which lets you get the most out of your digital media and easily connect with other PCs."

Marketing speak aside this is rather excellent news though had it taken any other stance I suspect consumer power would have had Microsoft change its position anyway. Well, either that or it allows the Linux market share to creep back up...


via betanews

Martin Daler

April 21, 2009, 12:52 pm

>Microsoft: *Netbooks* Can Run Any Windows 7 Version

>small *notebook* PCs to run any version of Windows 7...the spokesperson clarified.

So that's "clarified"? Netbook? Notebook?. Maybe it's a Notbook?


April 21, 2009, 2:40 pm

Lord knows I'm going to attract some sort of flak for this, but if this runs well on my accursed Eee 900 (non-Atom one) I'll take the plunge. I'm sick to the back teeth of trying different operating systems that all fall short (Vista, too slow;XP slow;XP FLP quick enough but problematic;Ubuntu just too darn fiddly;Xandros too limited). Yes, I could perserve for weeks with each one but I'm only on this earth for a limited time!


April 21, 2009, 3:02 pm

I've been running the public beta on my dell mini (with 2gb mem) and its been absolutely fine. Disk space would be the biggest issue, but I really don't see the need for masses of space on a netbook.


April 21, 2009, 3:02 pm

my experience of using build 7000 are that the netbook, aspire one, runs hotter than xp.


April 21, 2009, 4:39 pm

the only problem I have with netbook is that the screen resolution sucks. why cant they just make it 1024x800. x600 is just making surfacing net or photoshopping too damn inconvenient.. please rescue me Apple... my very last hope..


April 21, 2009, 6:50 pm


It's called the Samsung NC20 give it some extra 1GB juice maybe a larger HDD while you're at it, mine runs absolutely fine with a dual boot XP/W7 installation. Some say its not a "netbook" though.


April 21, 2009, 8:22 pm

@xbrumster: Sorry, the lord high corporations have declared that nobody needs 4:3 screens anymore.


April 21, 2009, 9:40 pm

@xbrumster: Dell Mini 10 - 1366x768. Maybe the answer to everyone's woes and it's 10.1 inches so it could surely be classed as a netbook. *cough* review *cough* :)

Oliver Levett

April 22, 2009, 12:40 am

Netbooks aren't supposed to have amazing screens. If you want more than 1024x600, buy a UMPC!


April 22, 2009, 3:02 am

Why not oliver? If they're mostly used for viewing webpages then surely they should have a screen suited to webpages - e.g. as tall as possible.


April 22, 2009, 2:14 pm


I have the same netbook, and I'm running Ubuntu NBR on it. This is after I wiped XP off the drive in utter frustration. Everything worked first time off the mark, so I don't know how it was too fiddly for you? I know Linux is an OS that needs some familiarity, but after a few weeks I hardly noticed any more.


April 23, 2009, 3:26 am

I'm running Fedora 10 XFCE edition (customized for a SSD) on an AA1 with 512MB, and it runs relatively smoothly and boots up within 30 seconds. Quite a few Windows programs run on it as well using WINE, although I'm happy with the software that Linux offers in the main. Even if M$ were giving Windows 7 away for nothing, I'd still pass up on it.


April 30, 2009, 1:20 am


When I tried Ubuntu, I admit it was nowhere near NBR yet - NBR was just a screenshot in a press release. I tried eeeBuntu and a bunch of hacky scripts. My dependency on Excel broke the deal. However... *reaches for the USB cd-rom drive*

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