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Default Windows 7 and the Mini - 09-09-2010, 02:36 PM

My inlaws want to get a couple of minis and they mentioned getting Windows 7. How goes W7 run on the mini's? I have a mini with XP and that works fine. Is 1 gig of memory enough to run windows 7 without and hiccups?

Also should we get a 10/10v or a 1012? Whats the difference?

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Default 09-09-2010, 03:47 PM

There have been a couple different Mini 10 models.

The original Mini 10 (model 1010) had a Z-series CPU, GMA500 graphics, and HDMI out. Discontinued. Has poor IO performance, mostly slow CPUs, and runs OSX and Linux poorly. Avoid this model, unless you know it's what you want.

The Mini 10v (model 1011) had a N200-series CPU, GMA950 graphics, and like most netbooks, VGA out. This is essentially a Mini 9, except the 10v uses a standard laptop drive. Runs any OS well, and is popular among OSX users. Mostly discontinued.

The new Mini 10 (model 1012) has a N400-series, GMA3150 graphics, etc. This is a slightly improved 10v/1011. A high-res screen and HD decoder card are options. Doesn't run OSX as well as the older 10v/1011.

The upcoming 1018 is similar to the 1012. But it has cosmetic changes, switches to DDR3 RAM, and deletes a couple ports. It might have fewer premium options, too.

As for 1GB vs 2GB, you can always upgrade later. I'd recommend 2GB at some point for everyone but the biggest cheapskates.


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Default 09-10-2010, 12:00 AM

In my opinion, Windows 7 runs better on the Minis than XP, even with 1GB. It will be even better with 2GB.


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Default 09-17-2010, 03:47 AM

Yeah when I sent my 1012 in for service they formatted 7 off of it and installed XP, and the thing ran like a dog in comparison!


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Default 10-14-2010, 12:57 AM

I have mine upgraded with a 32 gb runcore and 2 gb ram and it runs Win 7 like a champ. I just disable the aero graphics by choosing the windows classic them.
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Default 10-15-2010, 12:40 PM

Windows 7 is great, the taskbar can be a bit big but you can reduce its size easily. Aero works great too if you want it (apart from maybe Mini 12 and first Mini 10).


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Default 10-15-2010, 01:49 PM

Aero works fine on my Mini 9.


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