Will Windows 7 (or maybe 10) work on an old Intel Atom CPU Netbook?

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    Windows 7 HP 64
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    Will Windows 7 (or maybe 10) work on an old Intel Atom CPU Netbook?


    I have an old Samsung netbook from 2009 that came pre-installed with XP (I think it is a N130). It has an Intel Atom CPU @ 1.6 Ghz and 2GB ram. I wanted to be able to use it again for just general web-browsing/online shopping/email, instead of the Android tablet I use now.

    I wanted to know if putting a more current version of Windows on it is possible without it being too slow? I am not sure if it has too low of hardware specs to be compatible. I tried Ubuntu on it once and it was very slow and unusable.
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  2. Posts : 15,174
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
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    Apparently so

    Intel Atom Netbook Speed Test: Xubuntu vs. Windows 7 - YouTube

    you could try installing win7 skip entering a license key , and see how it runs
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  3. Posts : 538
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
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    Waffle64 said:
    I have an old Samsung netbook from 2009 that came pre-installed with XP (I think it is a N130). It has an Intel Atom CPU @ 1.6 Ghz and 2GB ram. I wanted to be able to use it again for just general web-browsing/online shopping/email, instead of the Android tablet I use now.

    I wanted to know if putting a more current version of Windows on it is possible without it being too slow? I am not sure if it has too low of hardware specs to be compatible. I tried Ubuntu on it once and it was very slow and unusable.

    If it really is the N130 then it has an Intel Atom N270 processor That is a single core, two threads 32 bit cpu. It does support Execute Disable Bit though, so it should be possible to install 32-bit Windows 10 for which that is a requirement. Others have done so with an N270 over on Ten Forums.

    Intel Atom Processor N270 512K Cache 1.60 GHz 533 MHz FSB Product Specifications

    The Samsung N130 was originally supplied with XP, but later on with Windows 7 Starter. So either 7 or 10 should run. It's never going to be fast though, but it should be usable. There's probably little difference between running 7 or 10 as far as performance goes. You could try installing each (skipping entering a key when asked) to see how they perform.

    But activation is going to be the main issue. For 7 you'd have a grace period before it will insists on activation . With 10 there is no grace period, rather it runs indefinitely but with a few minor restrictions, you won't be able to set a desktop wallpaper, for example.

    When you have decided which works best, if you have a spare W7 key then you could activate it. A valid W7 key can also be used to activate W10.
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    Vista x64 / 7 X64
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    If you find it runs win7 ok, then you will have to work out if it is worth bumping up the ram ( which is very cheap second hand ) and using a sata ssd and using up a license you have lying around.

    I much prefer win7, so use it as my main os.
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  5. Posts : 538
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
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    SIW2 said:
    If you find it runs win7 ok, then you will have to work out if it is worth bumping up the ram....
    Not possible I'm afraid. Intel Atoms of that era only support up to 2GB RAM.

    Intel said:
    Product BrIef
    Intel® Atom™ Processor
    for Netbooks


    Memory Support Single-Channel DDR3 - 667 MHz, up to 2 GB
    https://www.intel.com/content/dam/ww...ooks-brief.pdf
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    Vista x64 / 7 X64
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    In the video link I posted, the eepc has only 1gb and win7 seems to manage. So probably will be ok with 2gb.
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  7. Posts : 538
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
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    I run Windows 10 32 bit on a netbook with an Atom N2600 and 2GB RAM. It originally came with Win7 Starter. Both ran well enough to be useable. Not the fastest of machines though.
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  8. Posts : 58
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
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    DDR2 or DDR even more expensive than DDR3 these days.

    my mail station is an Intel E5200 computer, OS Windows XP, Office97 and Outlook Express (OE).
    It's running fine. OE is updated to TLS 1.2.
    I couldn't find OE Windows 7 version. hence have to keep this mail station stuck with XP.
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    Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
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    Waffle64 said:
    I have an old Samsung netbook from 2009 that came pre-installed with XP (I think it is a N130). It has an Intel Atom CPU @ 1.6 Ghz and 2GB ram. I wanted to be able to use it again for just general web-browsing/online shopping/email, instead of the Android tablet I use now. I wanted to know if putting a more current version of Windows on it is possible without it being too slow? I am not sure if it has too low of hardware specs to be compatible. I tried Ubuntu on it once and it was very slow and unusable.
    I have the Acer One Netbook, same age and same Atom cpu. But, only 1.5 GB of ram.

    It did come with Windows XP and ran just great, but I wanted a more up to date OS so I tried Windows 7. Seven did not have a video driver, compatible with the on-board video chip. So that was a NO-GO.
    Seven actually did run, but the video was really BAD!

    So for another couple of years I just used the original XP.

    Then I got Windows 8.1/Pro/x86. I backed up Xp and installed 8.1/Pro/x86. It installed a very good video, lan and sound drivers and ran great. So today my little Netbook is happily running Windows 8.1. Give it a try.

    If you don't have an ISO for Windows 8.1, and don't know where to fine one, drop me a PM and I'll be glad to help you.

    TM
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    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
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