Windows 7 On My Netbook

Windows 7 On My NetbookToday I decided to install Windows 7 build 7057 on my Asus EEE PC 901. I downloaded the ISO (which I will not get into, you can do that yourself) and remembered that the EEE PC does not have an optical drive so I need some kind of USB device to get this going.

My trusted 4Gb thumb drive can do the job but it needs to be bootable which is a breeze if you follow the instructions. Then I unpacked the ISO and copied all the files onto the drive and stuck it into the EEE PC. Booted from the thumb and started the setup.

It takes about 45 to 60 minutes to install while I watch Scott Hanselman do his MIX09 talk on ASP.NET MVC and NerdDinner.com (really worth watching). After this it tries to load for the first time and gives me a black screen. I have read about this before so I know that this is some kind of glitch. I have to press the power button to put the system to sleep and then press it again to wake it back up. Now I can create my account, enter the product key and select my wireless network. At this point the system starts finalizing and logs me in for the first time.

After a couple of minutes I am greeting by the logon sound and see my Windows 7 desktop for the first time. I’m actually pretty amazed to that its running Aero without installing any additional drivers!

After playing with it for a couple of hours I’m pretty pleased with the result. The performance is pretty good considering all the bells and whistles are on. I still need to get the Bluetooth connection with my N95 going but I’ll try that some other time.

How are your experiences with Windows 7?

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