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Windows 7: Buy W7 for netbook?

30 Nov 2012   #1

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Buy W7 for netbook?

dumb question: can I download Windows 7 like I can W8 from

I can't seem to find a link to purchasing/downloading any old Windows 7 versions, everything points toward buying W8..

I have a Dell Mini 10V and I'd like to upgrade it from WinXPsp3 to Windows 7..

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30 Nov 2012   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Unless your netbook has at least 2 GB of RAM (most had only 1 GB of RAM), you will be disappointed with Windows 7 on it. You would be better off buying a Windows 7 machine while they are still available.
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30 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7

It does have 2G of ram, but I read many other reports on this very board about how well Windows 7 runs on their Dell Inspiron Mini 10 or 10v..

Is there no download option for Windows 7?
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30 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

You get it here free, Official version. But you'll need an activation code : Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

Probably be better and easier to go buy a hard copy.
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30 Nov 2012   #5

Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Win 8.1.1 (64-bit)

I have Win 7 installed on three of my family's netbooks that have 1.5G of RAM and it runs very well, no issues or disappointment in performance whatsoever.

I'm not sure where you can buy and then download a copy of Win 7 but I see the boxed version still for sale on various sites such as Amazon.
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30 Nov 2012   #6

openSUSE 13.1 64bit

I had Windows 7 starter on exactly the same notebook. Ran with no issues. Ended up putting Ubuntu Remix on it, the netbook was more suited to it IMHO.
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30 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

There are plenty of online retailers still selling Windows 7.
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30 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

I run Windows 7 on the very same, notebook* with only 1GB or RAM. its runs perfectly fine within my expectations. Of course I cannot run too many things at once, but for what I use it for, it is perfectly fine. Be sure to run Aero, do not turn it off. Off loading the GUI to the GPU as much as possible is a big plus.

* Dell Inspiron Mini 10v (Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz; 1GB; Windows 7 Ultimate)
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30 Nov 2012   #9

Windows 7

If I can download W8 for $40, why does Windows 7 still cost $100+ from another retailer?
I should be able to download Windows 7 from the Microsoft store for a fair price..
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30 Nov 2012   #10

Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Win 8.1.1 (64-bit)

That $40 upgrade price is a temporary "incentive" to lure people into moving to Win 8. MS has no desire to lure you into buying Win 7 at this time.
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