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31 Jul 2010   #1

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Windows 7 starter

My son bought a EEEPC 1001 or something like that.
It has Windows 7 starter as OS.
Is this netbook capable of running any of the higher spec Windows 7 Os's without to much of a problem? Without getting back to him I don't know what the ram situation is.
Any hints or advice on that?
Thanks

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31 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

As long as he has at least 1GB it should be able to run 32-bit Windows 7. All he should need is Home Premium. If he can upgrade the RAM to 2GB, that would be better, but it can run on 1GB fine. If it's less than 1GB, I would definitely upgrade straight to 2GB.
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31 Jul 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

With Core 2 Duo, yes. You have wasted processing power.

To upgrade Starter to HP MS wants us to use Anytime Upgrade which unlocks the extra features in a few minutes: Windows Anytime Upgrade: Windows 7 Starter to Home Premium - Buy and download from Microsoft Store

If you have a retail disk, however, you can clean install or there is a workaround to in-place Upgrade between Windows 7 versions which works quite well without a single complaint to date.
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31 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
With Core 2 Duo, yes. You have wasted processing power.
The EEE PC 1001 only has an Intel Atom processor (according to all the sites I looked at). I believe the system specs she has are for her computer, not her sons.
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31 Jul 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
With Core 2 Duo, yes. You have wasted processing power.
The EEE PC 1001 only has an Intel Atom processor (according to all the sites I looked at). I believe the system specs she has are for her computer, not her sons.
Good catch, Petey.

Atom: not so much

What I would do in this case is save externally a backup image of Starter, then find or borrow a Windows 7 Home Premium installer to either clean install or do the in-place Upgrade workaround to test it for up to 120 days with activation re-arm. Then if it is worth it, buy HP. If not, roll back using image.
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01 Aug 2010   #6

W7/VM
 
 

Hi all
thanks for your comments, very much appreciated.Ant to clarify; me a 52 yr old dad and a 18yr old son.
I'll have a look tonight and see what the specs of his machine are and report back,
and here the specs:
ASUS Eee PC 1001P-M Black 10.1 inch Atom N450 1GB 160GB Windows 7 Starter
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