Solved upgrade XP home to Win7 Pro on Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook

December 19, 2011 at 01:46:38
Specs: Windows XP Home, Z520 / 1GB
I have a Dell Inspiron mini 10 with manufacturer installed XP Home. I would like to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional.

Can it be done and what is procedure


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#1
December 19, 2011 at 03:21:30
You have to do a clean install but your system very likely can't run Windows 7 decently.

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#2
December 19, 2011 at 05:14:50
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I would not recommend it.
You would need to go to Windows 7 site and run compatibility tester to see any possible problems (you probably will come up with all kinds of problems, especially hardware compatibility and lack of driver support for your hardware).
You would need at LEAST 2GB to run 32bit version with 3GB preferred and do not bother with 64bit unless you have or can increase it to at least 4GB (very unlikely).
Since you probably do not have a built in DVD drive, you would need an external DVD drive or Google 'installing Windows 7 without a DVD drive' for alternate methods (not as easy as you might think).
Finally, UNLESS your mini is a LOT faster than I believe it is, you will actually LOSE performance because Windows 7 requires and uses a lot more resources than XP does, making your mini appear slower. You will NOT like it!!! WAIT for a new computer, a more modern one (that comes with Windows 7) before going to the Windows 7 operating system.
A 'Clean Install' means you need to back up your files to an external drive, wipe the hard drive with the installer, and completely install on the clean drive. This is a must for those going from XP (not from Vista though).
In other words, don't bother. AND.... Remember that you were warned here first, so do not complain about Windows 7 if you try it anyway.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
December 19, 2011 at 06:14:53
I agree with the above. XP was installed for a reason - it requires less "horsepower" to run. Your "pseudo laptop" doesn't have enough juice to run Win7. The CPU is too weak & 1GB isn't enough RAM, & I think 1GB is the max for the Mini 10. If you do the install, you'll be very disappointed with the results.

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#4
December 19, 2011 at 06:52:46
That netbook was actually supplied, as an alternative, with Windows 7 Starter, so drivers should be available. However, Starter is a restricted version of 7 (and I'm not sure that you can actually buy it). I wouldn't try running real Windows 7 on that netbook; I suspect that performance would be very disappointing.

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