The Big Samsung Netbook Windows 7 Post

October 19, 2009

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If, like me, you are starting to get excited about the official release of Windows 7 then you should find this guide useful. In this post I round up some useful links, hints, tips and installation guides that I hope will be useful for anyone wanting to install Windows 7 on their netbook.

Regular forum readers will be aware than many Samsung NC10 owners have installed the various teaser versions of Win 7 on their netbook and have on the whole been very positive about it. This guide will hopefully be useful to owners of any recent buyers who are asking whether they should upgrade their netbook to Windows 7?

If you are looking to buy a copy, head over to Amazon and place your order now: US Buyers or UK Buyers…. Roll on the 22nd October!

See below for the full run down…

What is new in Windows 7
Those moving from XP will find a whole lot has changed on the road to Win 7. Most of these differences will have evolved through the last release of Windows, the notorious Vista. You will notice a slicker interface, redesigned start menu and a range of multi media enhancements.

A sample of new features in Win 7:

  • Desktop: Extension to existing theme and gadget support, new desktop slideshow feature
  • Explorer: New system of libraries allows increased organisation of files
  • Start Menu: The traditional start button is still here, but now redesigned to include library short cuts, revised search and improved usability
  • Taskbar: Windows 7 brings the significant taskbar update in years! Larger in size, with larger icons, the new taskbar will ensure you access all of your applications quicker than ever

These features are well documented elsewhere, you can check out the Wikipedia guide to new features and Microsoft’s page for more detail.

Which Version of Windows 7 Should I buy?
The first decision to make is whether you need the “full” or “upgrade” version. If you have an existing license for either XP or Vista then you can purchase the upgrade edition. It will be interesting to see how verification works as new Samsung Netbooks are not supplied with an XP disc. I personally went for the full edition as it was actually cheaper than the upgrade at the time – thanks to a half price offer. But either way, you cannot do an ‘in place’ upgrade from XP, a full install is required.

The second choice you now have to make is to decide which of the editions is right for you:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium: This edition contains features aimed at the home market segment, such as Windows Media Center, Windows Aero and touch-screen controls
  • Windows 7 Professional:This edition is targeted towards enthusiasts and small business users.It adds the ability to participate in a Windows Server domain, operating as a Remote Desktop server, location aware printing, Encrypting File System, Presentation Mode and Windows XP Mode.
  • Windows 7 Ultimate: Additional features include support for Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packages, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and UNIX application support

Typically, you will want to get yourself the Home Premium edition. If you are wondering what the benefit of the Pro version is then you probably don’t need it!

See the full list and prices here: US Buyers or UK Buyers

Note: There are other editions which will not be relevant here, Windows 7 Starter will only be available pre-installed, Windows 7 Home Basic is aimed at emerging markets and the Enterprise edition will be sold to through volume licensing to companies.

Setting up Windows 7 on you Netbook
If you are an existing owner of a Samsung Netbook you will have received a fresh install of XP when you made your purchase. There is no software upgrade option for XP to Windows 7 so you will need to backup your files before beginning a clean install. You will need a DVD drive, either attached to your netbook or you can share a drive from your desktop.

At the time of writing, getting hold of the correct drivers to get your netbook up and running with Win 7 will involve downloading them from a number of sources but hopefully they will be available to download from Samsung soon. I suspect availability will depend on which models they start supplying with the new operating system, but hopefully all options will be covered one way or another.

In the mean time, helpful Samsung Netbook owners have put together some resources that should help:

Note that Samsung will need to supply divers for the full set of hardware as soon as they start shipping netbooks with Windows 7. It is hard to know which models this will include but the N510 is sure to be on that list.

Further Reading

If you are looking for more info on Win 7 then here are a few resources from my own bookmark collection. Please add any useful sites you’ve come across to the comments section below.

Windows 7 Tips and Tricks Links

  • TechRadar: 50 Windows 7 tips, tricks and secrets
  • TechRadar 10 cool Windows 7 tips, tweaks and secrets
  • TechRadar: 18 cool things Windows 7 does that Vista doesn’t
  • MSDN: The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets

Windows 7 Resources

Buy Windows 7
And finally, if you are looking to buy Win 7, click through and help support this independent site: US Buyers or UK Buyers

What are you looking forward to? Got any good resources to share?

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TCMuffin October 20, 2009 at 10:33 am
  • Yesterday (19 October) I received my copies from PCWorld. Apparently, some suppliers are shipping early to avoid disappointment because of the threatened postal strike.
jez October 20, 2009 at 10:49 am

Nice 1, no sign of mine from Amazon yet :(

TCMuffin October 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm
  • Haven’t Amazon ditched the PO?
jez October 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I think everyone will sooner or later!

lilydreamy October 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm

2 more days to go..woot ..

OTACORB October 21, 2009 at 9:15 am

MS Store sent email today saying I would received my product key and email instructions on how to download. I opted for the download myself, I bet the servers are going to be slammed. I’ll do what I alway so though, just start it and let her download. I ordered 3 copies, so I am ready to get my computers setup this weekend sometimes.

jez October 21, 2009 at 10:22 am

Amazon status says they’ve sent it out using DHL! Estimated delivery tomorrow :). Should keep me busy at the weekend, just aswell the Mrs is away.

Edit: It just arrived – yay for DHL my new favourite postal delivery company ;)!

lilydreamy October 23, 2009 at 4:53 am

just got email saying its been shipped..

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