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Windows 7: How to downgrade win 7 on acer aspire one netbook

20 Jan 2015   #1
2bretired

windows 7 ultimate x 32
 
 
How to downgrade win 7 on acer aspire one netbook

I have an old acer aspire one ZG5 which I use as a travel backup. When XP expired I installed win 7 ultimate The problem is win 7 runs very very slow. There is only 1 gb on board memory and apparently cannot be increased.
According to the memory gadget just booting up uses 98% memory and after a long time drops to 68% memory.
Any help how to downgrade win 7 to run a basic win 7 version Basic web browsing/ email/ letters etc.

Thanks Bob


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22 Jan 2015   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Actually I think you are doing well to get Ultimate booted at all with that amount of RAM as usually it requires a minimum of 4GB RAM to operate in any practical way. If I may ask why did you install Ultimate and not Home Premium??

As I cannot find the details for that motherboard it is hard to say how much RAM it will support but I think 2GB should not be out of the question but even that amount is hardly enough. So if you don't mind me asking again where did you get that info from??

The CPU from what I see in the specs for that machine is also inadequate in my mind and is used if I am not wrong in those tiny notepads with the 10" screens and with Windows 7 Starter version.

To be honest and realistic I would be inclined to buy a newer machine and have it set up for yourself because this one looks to be causing you some grief in manner of speaking. In any case there are some good deals on quite decent new laptops and if you don't like the 8 they come with you can always run that in 7 style using a free program to do that of course it is not quite the same but very close.
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22 Jan 2015   #3
ShoTTaS

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

ICIT2LOL

sir, maybe this could help on the specs:
Acer Aspire One Laptop specs
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22 Jan 2015   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Thanks Shottas looking at those specs I am wondering how on earth Ultimate got put on it because they are really quite inadequate in my mind.

I am waiting for an answer as to why 2bretired installed Ultimate when all is said and done if that drive according to those specs is 8GB then there would be very little room for anything but the OS - plus the supported RAM is quoted at 1.5GB again no where near enough for what that machine is being used for. That is also further made worse by the cache of the CPU at 0.5 KB and if the specs are indeed what they are in your link then little wonder the machine is slow
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22 Jan 2015   #5
ShoTTaS

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

your welcome sir,

As what on my mind, i would suggest that 2bretired should buy newer and faster laptop. Forget on downgrading that ZG5's OS.
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22 Jan 2015   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you just want it for browsing and email, it is easy to use Linux instead.

Mint 32 bit ( choose Cinnamon or Mate ) should be fine.

Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" - Cinnamon (32-bit) - Linux Mint
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22 Jan 2015   #7
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ShoTTaS View Post
your welcome sir,

As what on my mind, i would suggest that 2bretired should buy newer and faster laptop. Forget on downgrading that ZG5's OS.
Yes mate and what SIW has suggested is a good idea too I suppose if all that is required s some form of basic system. Plus it would not cost a cent as opposed to say Windows of some description.
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22 Jan 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you just want it for browsing and email, it is easy to use Linux instead.

Mint 32 bit ( choose Cinnamon or Mate ) should be fine.

Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" - Cinnamon (32-bit) - Linux Mint
I totally agree, or

Zorin OS - Home

or

Xubuntu

or

The leading OS for PC, tablet, phone and cloud | Ubuntu
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22 Jan 2015   #9
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2bretired View Post
I have an old acer aspire one ZG5 which I use as a travel backup. When XP expired I installed win 7 ultimate The problem is win 7 runs very very slow. There is only 1 gb on board memory and apparently cannot be increased.
According to the memory gadget just booting up uses 98% memory and after a long time drops to 68% memory.
Any help how to downgrade win 7 to run a basic win 7 version Basic web browsing/ email/ letters etc.

Thanks Bob
Bob,

Given the hardware in the Acer, Linux is probably your best bet. If you want Windows, put XP back on and run a good Antivirus application. XP will run fine, MS just isn't going to update it forever. That means any security holes will not be fixed and might be exploited.

Since you use the machine only for travel, XP should serve you well enough.
If you have or develop good practices for surfing the web (only trusted sites, +more) and eMail (don't open attachments from unknown senders, +more), then I don't see too much of a risk using XP in the manner you described. Oh, I suppose I should also mention that it might be a good idea to keep the Acer and other machines isolated from each other. Be cautious doing any transfers from the Acer.

I ran Win98 far past the 'expiration date' - you just have to be more conscious of the possibility of some malware. Just because the holes aren't being patched doesn't mean your machine will get infected. The risks increase so be wary of strangers and even friends (email addresses do get spoofed).

How did you come by Win7 Ultimate? Is it a retail or OEM version?
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22 Jan 2015   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I'm not understanding why some one would buy a $200.00 Windows 7 Ultimate and install it on a $75.00 or less computing device for searching the internet.

Two and two is not adding up to four.
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