Sep 30 2009

Sluggish Netbook Performance Feared For Windows 7

Microsoft claims that Windows 7 will run great on netbooks, but how tested is this claim? Most netbooks run XP totally fine but run Vista slowly. While it seems likely that 7 will be more resource-taxing than XP, will it really be light-weight enough to run on an Intel Atom?

Windows 7 Starter Edition is the version that’s been tested on most netbooks. We don’t have to worry about a three-application limit, as was earlier rumored, but Starter Edition does disable some features… like the ability to change your desktop background.

Netbooks running the full version of Windows 7 might therefore suffer in performance, a prediction corroborated by the Washington Post on a Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2. Their conclusions?

“So while it looks as though Windows 7 will run on a netbook, you may want to take the OS for a spin on a demo netbook at a store before you decide to upgrade.”

That’s sound advice. There are only 22 days left until 7 is launched, so look out for many more updates about the new Windows OS in the coming weeks.

4 Comments on this post


  1. Google Chorme OS just in time to compete with Windows 7? wrote:

    […] sluggishness of Windows 7 on regular Atom powered netbooks are starting to grow (as you can see in this post or as i was able to feel it on my own when i tested the Asus 1101HA, although i had Win 7 Ultimate […]

    October 1st, 2009 at 1:54 am
  2. Acer’s New 11.6-inch Windows 7 Touchscreen Tablet Netbook | wrote:

    […] a new 11.6-inch netbook branded by Packard Bell. It’s has a 1366 x 768 pixel screen, runs Windows 7, and rocks an 8-hour battery for as little as €599 on October 22nd, the release date of […]

    October 16th, 2009 at 6:03 pm
  3. Windows 7 Starter a No-Go for Netbook Buyers | wrote:

    […] online consumer comparison shopping site, most netbooks sold on (23 out of 28) come with Windows 7 Starter pre-installed. Unfortunately, most people in the market for a netbook aren’t really digging […]

    November 13th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
  1. sjc1963 said:

    No. Windows 7 Ultimate doesn’t “suffer under a netbook. It runs quite well in fact…..

    September 30th, 2009 at 5:24 pm


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