Have an Acer Netbook, N270 Atom
1 GB RAM – soon to be 2
Ran the Win 7 upgrade advisor, all but a Widcomm Bluetooth software (which I M/S says there
Is an update driver) all green check marks.
Will I lose battery life (currently getting about 7 hrs)?
Any other negatives with moving to Win & Home Premium?
7 won't be quite as quick as XP, but the difference should be minimal. You might not even notice one. You should also wind up with slightly better battery life, as Windows 7's power management is quite a bit better than that of XP.
On a bare system W7 maybe ok, just start adding apps and other stuff and performance goes down the pan quickly.
To get it anywhere near decent performance, you have to switch off a fair bit of W7 eye candy, almost W2K interface.
Actually you don't, at least not with the specs the OP provided. I have an Asus Eee PC 1000HE which I upgraded to 2GB of ram (Intel Atom N280 CPU) and 7 runs great with a bunch of apps installed. By no means is it a gaming system, but that's not what netbooks are for...
I have two netbooks with nearly identical hardware. Gateway and Samsung N130.
One has Windows XP and the other Windows 7 Starter.
Honestly, I would stick with XP over 7 (Starter). Seems faster and you can customize it more.
Would your opinion be any different it the Win 7 PC had Home Premium ?
I couldn't say. I have VISTA 64 on desktop, lots of XP machines. I haven't used WIN 7 HP but I doubt it would run well on a netbook. I think you'd have to have the ion chipset in there and dual core Atom or it would run poorly if at all.
update. Windows 7 starter runs fine after removing bloatware and antivirus on netbook. It's still kind of slow but certainly tolerable. I tried upgrading the ram to 2gb but didn't see much improvement.
I also have an ASUS 1000H as djcoolmasterx describes above. I am concerned regarding the performance of the 32-bit Win7 on the netbook Atom N270 system so, I chose to purchase a Seagate 1TB SSHD ST1000LM014. It remains difficult to determine if I should implement this upgrade because I remain uncertain about how Win7 will perform. Has anyone else attempted to improve the technology race by upgrading to an SSD or SSHD when migrating the OS to Win7?
In fact, I asked at school today about 'Win7 Ultimate' and it simply contains all the language packages.
Lastly, I forgot to ask about the overclocking utility, 'eeectl', originally written for the 700-series EeePC Netbooks. I have read of a few reports (...was it www.overclock.net?) of people successfully implementing this after editing it for the 1000H, but there are far too few "legitimate" reports of using this apparently marvelous utility for the 1000H.
I will certainly listen to any responses I receive.