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Windows 7: Window 7 on a Centrino notebook

16 Feb 2009   #1

Win XP Pro
 
 
Window 7 on a Centrino notebook

Hi Ppl,

Just want to ask around if I want to install window 7 on a old centrino notebk, can it be done as long as I am able to find the latest driver software of my notebk for Windows 7?

FYI: My centrino notebk is on Win XP

Thanks Ppl...

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16 Feb 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 build
 
 

Hey undergrd,

Yeah I'd imagine so. Windows 7 in my opinion is as fast if not faster than XP so I'd say putting it on there would be a great idea. Windows 7 should be able to find all the drivers you need no problem. But don't quote me on that if you get what I mean

Let us know how it goes.
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16 Feb 2009   #3

Win XP Pro
 
 

Hi Sparatan117,

Thanks for the reply. You mean Windows 7 will automatic check for latest update on the drivers?

Read in the forum that ppl recommended to install 2 OS in the machine if Windows 7 does not serve the owner and he/she can revert back to the former OS. So if I want to do it like this, how am I go about doing it?

Thanks!
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16 Feb 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64 build
 
 

Ok, Here's what your gonna need to do.
The easiest way to do it is to get everything off it you want to keep and whipe the hard drive completely. If you want to keep a certain OS on there theres ways around that too.

I'll base this on if you wipe the hard drive.
Boot from installation disk and create 2 partitions of however big or small you want them when you get to the where to install screen windows 7 will give you, or vista will give you since the process is identical.

Make sure to give one partition no less than 30 GB (1024MB x 30) because vista or Windows 7 needs at least this to mess around in otherwise you get the ugly window low disk space.

After you install it to once side and see how it runs you should be able to go back into the installer (using the Boot CD) and use the other partition you created to install the other OS on.

When you boot up having 2 OS's on your PC it will prompt you which one to pick and pick the latest installed one by default. This can be changed in Windows.

That should be it. I recommend you keep another computer nearby so you dont have to restart and reboot in another OS everytime you run into a driver issue.

Hope it helps!
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17 Feb 2009   #5

XP pro, Win7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hello, can you maybe specify "old centrino" a little bit more, since there are different generations with different hardware.

I'm running Windows 7 on a second-generation Sonoma platform (2005) without any problems. (Please see my specs in my sig)
But since Centrino only describes the combination of chipset, processor & WiFi, I can only speak for those components though.
For remaining hardware, you'd have to check. Why don't you post a little more detailed list of your hardware?

Anyway, Chances are good that it'll run well
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17 Feb 2009   #6

Win XP Pro
 
 

Im sorry...the specs of my old machine is as follow:
Acer 3002WTCI
Intel Pentium M740, 1.73GHz
2GB Ram
Intel Integrated 915GM

Thanks guys for highlighting...
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19 Feb 2009   #7

Win XP Pro
 
 

Hi Guys,

Any idea where can I DL the latest Win 7 & how do I obtain the product key?

Thanks!
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20 Feb 2009   #8

XP pro, Win7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hey,
sorry I didn't post back earlier.

First of all, Windows 7 should run just fine on your machine. Only thing, the Intel 915GM won't give you Aero, since Intel just wouldn't provide WDDM drivers for it.

To get the beta and a key now, I'd suggest you'd sign up for Microsoft Connect.
You'll find details on how to sign up here: Get Your Windows 7 Updates from Microsoft Connect
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20 Feb 2009   #9

Win XP Pro
 
 

HI Killercat,

I got the key from MS website but cant find where to download Windows 7....
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20 Feb 2009   #10

XP pro, Win7 Ultimate x86
 
 

On the Ecosystem Connection page click on 'Downloads' and select 'Windows 7 Beta (7000-0-081212-1400) Ultimate', choose the language you want to install, and off you go...^^
(you will have to install Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM) to download the file)
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