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Old 17. Apr 2010, 05:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Acer Aspire 1 netbook: XP or Win7 starter?

My niece has just bought a used Acer Aspire 1 netbook. Unfortunately she hadn't researched it properly and bought the Linux loaded model: not a bad thing as far as i am concerned but an alien concept for her. She wants Win7 on it but has been persuaded that if she must change the OS, XP is a better solution, or so i am to led to believe. Win7 starter is an option but i'm not convinced it's the best choice. The netbook has 1 gig of ram and eight gigs of space for an OS.
My next problem is this: how on earth do i install windows onto a machine with no CD/DVD drive? My biggest flashdrive is 4 gigs: could i use that?
Any help appreciated.

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Old 17. Apr 2010, 06:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've not tried Win7 Starter so can't really tell if it's good for a netbook. What I can see that now in the market, most netbooks are pre-installed with the Starter edition. For a netbook with no optical drive, you can try to install the system, if supported, from an iso image with a CD/DVD emulator.

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Funny I bought the Win XP version of the Aspire One but eventually put Linux on it. When I got it, it had so much extra junk installed, I decided to do a fresh install of Windows. It came with a restore disk but that option was out because it would just put the junk back.

I did not have a external CD/DVD drive either, but I did have another computer. So I used the boot from network capabilities of the Aspire One to install Windows XP via PXE. You will need a PXE server of some sort, but there are several very capable ones that are freeware. I forget what one I used, but I think it might have been Tftpd32. http://tftpd32.jounin.net/tftpd32.html

Once you get that set up (not too hard) you can just install windows as normal using the install disk in your other computers optical drive.

You can just search Google for "installing windows on netbook with PXE and Tftpd32" and you will get a bunch of how to's.

I recommend going this way because it is a very handy skill to learn.
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Many thanks for the advice. I'll give the XP a try
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You can give a try to Moblin too, if you want. Its based on Linux and is open source. I have read some great reviews about it. Its lighting fast to load.

http://moblin.org/
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You can give a try to Moblin too, if you want. Its based on Linux and is open source. I have read some great reviews about it. Its lighting fast to load.

http://moblin.org/
If it were my netbook i would just leave the current Linux OS on it, which i believe is actually custom built for this model: try telling a British teenage girl to do the sensible thing and see how far you get. I don't know how it is in your part of the world but teenagers here largely consider adults to be somewhere between dumb animals and cash dispensers. Thanks though Anupam
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try telling a British teenage girl to do the sensible thing and see how far you get. I don't know how it is in your part of the world but teenagers here largely consider adults to be somewhere between dumb animals and cash dispensers. Thanks though Anupam
Its the same everywhere grf. Yea, you are probably right, she won't like anything other than Windows. XP would be the right choice. Also, since most of her friends would be having Windows on their PCs, or laptops, she would want one too.

I just thought of suggesting Moblin, since as a netbook OS, its very fast to boot, and has all the necessary features required for a notebook. I haven't used it myself, but its looks are wonderful. So who knows, she might have liked it.
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XP would be the right choice. Also, since most of her friends would be having Windows on their PCs, or laptops, she would want one too.
Thanks Anupam.
I suspect what her friends do plays a large part in her decision making process. It's a pity because i'd be interested to see some Linux in action myself, but then i would have to install it on one of my own machines and this would not be practical at the moment. Someday though
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So anyhow if anybody's interested, i ended up putting XP sp2 on the netbook. I actually achieved this using a usb DVD drive i forgot i had. The install took around two hours and then another hour or so to install the drivers, so if anybody else has to do this don't make any other plans. The machine was soul destroyingly slow until i got the appropriate drivers installed and then WHAM, it came to life and goes like a little train now. Cool toy and i wish i could keep it
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Great to hear that grf. Way to go.
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