Windows 7 Light Enough for Netbooks, Lenovo S10 Specifically

At the PDC conference just now, Microsoft’ s SVP of Windows and Windows Live Steven Sinofsky was talking about how much less memory Windows 7 uses. As an example, he pulled out a netbook, and said that this is the notebook he’s using right now, that it has only 1GB of RAM, and that the Windows 7 system only uses half of it. To be fair, Microsoft has not officially stated that Windows 7 will run on netbooks. At a press briefing on Sunday, Sinofsky and other members of the Windows team said they had not yet set minimum specs for Windows 7 so they wouldn’t guarantee it would work on the small systems. But when the head of the Windows team whips one out and says this is the laptop he’s using now with Windows 7, you have to believe Atom-based systems work well with the new OS. What netbook was it? From the hinge and shape it appears to be a Lenovo S10. I wonder how he likes it. Our intent is to install the pre-beta of Windows 7 on a bunch of netbooks to see how well it runs, as soon as we can get our hands on it.

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. Tim Brazer Says:

    I love this kind of stuff. Gets me going a little.

    Great post. Thanks. 8^)

  2. mike Says:

    Great Netbooks!!!

  3. Jack Says:

    Irun also windows 7 on my lenovo and it runs great i upgrade to 2gb ram but runs almost the same as with 1gb runs smooth like it both lenovo s9 and win7 great

  4. Matt Says:

    I’m running windows 7 Ultimate on my Lenovo S10, with 2 gigs of ram. I run it with everything on, all the glammer and all the glitter – and it all works. I don’t know how the index rating works, but it gets 2.2 on the scale.

    Then again I also have an Intel SSD in there, which helps. Any app you can name, I’m sure this can run. I’m using Flash CS4 on it right now. Oh, and Ubuntu 9.10 works great with compiz (prettier and safer than any Windows, period), and Apple’s Leopard Snow works too.

    I must say I was a little worried at first with installing Ultimate on my netbook, but I have no regrets.

    You know the little bar that loads when you first boot up your computer? Mine doesn’t make it to 2 scrolls.

  5. Panayiotis Says:

    Why pay for an os that costs equal to the netbook..
    go open source:-)

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