Saturday, February 15, 2014


Samsung N130 Netbook - upgrading from Windows XP

It seemed such a simple question to ask Samsung - how best to upgrade our N130 netbook from XP - would we be better with Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 - and could they suggest which settings to adjust (eg disabling hungry Services) to achieve the best performance given the limitations of the hardware in the Netbook.

I was wrong. Their first response sounded like it was written by their legal department - they couldn't recommend doing anything. Anything I did was at my risk. Goodbye.

A second attempt did elicit one useful sentence: "Your netbook is not compatible with Windows 8, so the only option you have is to purchase a 32 bit Windows 7 operating system."

I share this for the benefit of others. If anyone has suggestions on tweaks to emulate the cut-down Windows 7 Starter (which was installed on later Netbooks, but not available to purchase), do please add comments.


MS compatibility checker (from MS website) throws up that chip needs NX(?) capability.

Also, "To access the Windows Store and to download, run, and snap apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768"
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