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.

Comments:
Maybe?

http://www.eightforums.com/drivers-hardware/24550-samsung-n130-netbook.html

MS compatibility checker (from MS website) throws up that chip needs NX(?) capability. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/what-is-pae-nx-sse2

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" http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/system-requirements

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qBDhFZyzlU
 
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