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Windows 7: Dell Mini 10

26 Feb 2009   #1
Zax

Windows 7 Build 7000
 
 
Dell Mini 10

So... I am kind of being forced to hand over my Dell XPS 1530 to my mother because she messed up her laptop. (Sad... I love this laptop)

I will be getting a Dell Mini 10 as a "replacement". I installed Windows 7 on my Dell XPS 1530 and I am LOVING it like pretty much everyone else.

Basically to cut to the chase I wanted to know if Windows 7 will work on the Dell Mini 10. The Dell chat lady told me that it can only handle XP but thats makes no sense to me seeing as how the same innards are in the Mini 12 and that comes with Vista. I figure she was just telling me that because she had to.

So I am coming to you guy to see if someone can let me know if Windows 7 will function completely on the Mini 10. In order to help you guys help me out I will post the specs of the Mini 10 here...

Intel Atom Z530 (1.60GHz/533MHz FSB/512K L2Cache)
Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 500
120GB SATA HDD 2.5 inch 5400RPM
2GB 533MHz DDR2 RAM

So like I said... I want to know if Windows 7 will work smoothly on the system. I want to keep Aero too because I am a stickler for aesthetics and I love the transparency. Not to mention the actually Aero functionality features are awesome as well.

Thanks in Advance!


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26 Feb 2009   #2
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

hello Zax and welcome to the forums..
the big challenge for netbook is if there enough disk space followed by if they are wddm drivers and then ram

yours checks out good...
your challenge would be to actually get to the setup since i dont see any evidence of this netbook having a dvd drive...
if you search in the forums you will find out that it has been done with a dvd drive...
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26 Feb 2009   #3
Zax

Windows 7 Build 7000
 
 

Couldn't I just use an external DVD drive?

And I would as what WDDM drivers are but if you say my system checks out... I suppose it matters not.
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26 Feb 2009   #4
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zax View Post
Couldn't I just use an external DVD drive?

And I would as what WDDM drivers are but if you say my system checks out... I suppose it matters not.

yes you can use an external DVD drive it was that usually people that have netbooks dont usually have external drives laying around....
WDDM drivers is the new driver model included in vista...
your GMA 500 has access to wddm 1.0 drivers (which are the vista drivers and as such enable the use of aero)
while Windows 7 brings out wddm 1.1 drivers
to use aero's features the requirements is a wddm 1.0 compliant Video chip which your GMA 500 does...
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27 Feb 2009   #5
Zax

Windows 7 Build 7000
 
 

No... I dont have them laying around lol... but my college campus has them for borrowing.

And thanks for the explanation of WDDM.

I appreciate all of your help. Maybe this transition from XPS to Mini wont be so atrocious afterall
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