Netbooks and 512MB of RAM Systems To Run All Windows 7 Versions
Article by George Norman
On 09 Feb 2009
When Microsoft came out and announced the fact that it will market a total of 6 Windows 7 versions, all fingers pointed to Windows 7 Starter as the OS to use on underpowered machines like netbooks. According to Corporate Vice President with Windows Consumer Product Marketing, Brad Brooks, this information is inaccurate and the simple truth of the matter is that Windows 7 will run on netbooks regardless if you load the Home Premium or Ultimate version.

“With Windows 7, we’ve matched hardware improvements with some investments of our own. With Windows 7 we are on track to have a smaller OS footprint; an improved user interface that should allow for faster boot-up and shut-down times; improved power management for enhanced battery life; enhanced media capabilities; and increased reliability, stability and security. These engineering investments allow small notebook PCs to run any version of Windows 7, and allow customers complete flexibility to purchase a system which meets their needs,” said Brad Brooks.


People that purchased netbooks and also had a Windows-powered desktop system were disappointed to find out that their Linux-powered netbook did not perform as their Windows OS, not to mention that it looked quite differently. That is the reason these people would very much like to run Windows on these devices and thus increase their overall user experience.

Brad Brooks explains: “Windows provides a level of application and device compatibility you simply don’t get with Linux. Windows works with everyday programs like Microsoft Office and popular applications like Apple’s iTunes and Microsoft’s Zune, PC games like “World of Warcraft,” and a host of others. It also works with the largest set of printers, digital cameras and other devices. Linux doesn’t come close to doing any of these things.”

It stands to reason that Brad Brooks would not have anything bad to say about the Windows operating system, and on one hand I have to agree with him: Windows 7 reports have it to be a properly good OS even though it is still in Beta, and according to recent tests it fairs a lot better than Vista when it comes to 500MB of RAM systems. Windows 7 Ultimate x64 only needs about 200MB, and since all Windows 7 versions will be superset on each other (with Ultimate as the top of the shelf OS), it goes without saying that you will be able to run all other Windows 7 versions on your machine.

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