How to Install Windows 7 Beta on an Acer Aspire One Netbook

Having access to MSDN via the MVP program, I downloaded the beta version of  Windows 7 as soon as it became available, with the idea of loading it onto my Acer Aspire One netbook (an nice little Christmas present to myself!).

With the software downloaded there was just one issue to overcome, how do you install an OS onto a netbook with no optical drive? The answer is you need a bootable USB drive. It took a lot of searching around the net to work out how to do this, so I thought I’d outline the steps here, mainly for my own benefit, so I know where to look the next time LOL. This guide will show you how to get W7 beta onto an Acer Aspire One Netbook, YMMV with other netbooks.

Step 1 – Let’s create a bootable USD Drive!

  1. Clearly, the first thing you need is a USB drive and the one I used was an 8GB Seagate model.
  2. Plug the drive into your PC.
  3. Open a command prompt as administrator.
  4. Get the drive number by typing:
    diskpart
    list disk
    On my machine the USB disk was number 1.
  5. Format the drive by typing:
    select disk 1
    clean
    create partition primary
    select partition 1
    active
    format fs=NTFS
    assign
    exit
  6. Mount the Windows 7 beta iso using Daemon Tools or similar.
  7. Navigate to the boot directory
    cd E:\boot
  8. Using bootsect, we’ll make the USB drive a bootable NTFS drive, ready for a Windows 7 image (my drive was labeled G):
    bootsect /nt60 G:
  9. We are finished with the command prompt now, so you can close it.

Step 2 – Copy the installation files from the mounted Windows 7 iso to the USB drive.

Step 3 – Install on the Netbook

  1. Plug in the USB drive and turn on the netbook
  2. On start up press <F12> to select the bootable drive
  3. Select the USB drive and press return
  4. The netbook will boot from the USB drive and the installation will begin
  5. Install as normal.

I hope this helps someone, and if not, at least I’ll know where to look the next time I need this information. :-)

Addendum: If you are interested in installing Windows 7 Beta on an Asus Eee PC 901, then check out this blog post.

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240 Responses to How to Install Windows 7 Beta on an Acer Aspire One Netbook

  1. Brian says:

    How did you get the wireless working? I tried a vista driver from atheros and the xp driver from the acer site. Any tips you can give me?

  2. Gary, just tried following your steps on another laptop. Selecting the USB drive as boot device reports that no Operating System is installed. I tried running the setup from within Vista but this reports that USB drives are not supported this way.

    I was installing on an 80GB external drive rather than a USB stick.

  3. Caleb says:

    I successfully installed the Windows 7 Beta on my Acer Aspire One and so far it runs pretty good. I don’t think all the drivers are updated to work with Windows 7 yet. For example, although the wifi works, it does not detect it every other time I boot. Also, the light in the bottom right hand corner of the netbook keyboard where it shows wifi activity does not light up.

    My computer has had blue screens 3 times with some sort of dumping process but I’m assuming it has to do with drivers as well.

    • Miki says:

      The dumping process is a memory kernel dump you can go into settings and turn that off or set it not to do that
      that will cause the blue screen every time it does it go to start then my computer the computer properties
      the go to advanced tab then start up and recovery then at the bottom of the box you can set it not to dump anything just set it to none that should take care of that problem.

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  5. erwin says:

    hi! just tried to make a bootable USB stick but something goes wrong…
    I have right now Win7 32 bit on my laptop and I want to install the 64bit version.
    I got stuck here:
    # Navigate to the boot directory(inside the command prompt?)
    cd E:\boot
    # Using bootsect, we’ll make the USB drive a bootable NTFS drive, ready for a Windows 7 image (my drive was labeled G):
    bootsect /nt60 G:
    # We are finished with the command prompt now, so you can close it.

    i tried to open bootsect from windows explorer and i won’t run because it’s for 64 bit. is there another way?

  6. Rich says:

    I’ve been trying to do this but my USB stick doesn’t show up in list disk. Any ideas?

  7. Joert says:

    After an hour of swearing, I discovered you need the Vista version of diskpart for this to work. The XP version wont cut it.

  8. Chris says:

    Just a quick note – in step 7, I got stuck for a few minutes until I realised that your disk E is of course the drive that has just been mounted by Daemon Toolsin step 6 (obvious I realise that now!)

    Also, for anyone who has never used Daemon Tools, when I downloaded it and installed it from the website it took me a while to realise that launching it just activates the task tray item and you do all the work from that (i.e. there’s not a separate UI as far as I could see until you start it from the task tray item).

    Guess I’m just a bit slow today….

  9. Colin Cook says:

    Thanks Gary,

    This tutorial worked perfectly for me. Slightly amazed I am able to boot from an NTFS formatted pen drive!

    I managed to follow the directions from using Vista 64-bit Business Edition.

    Col

  10. Gary Short says:

    @Brian – The wireless was not functioning on first boot, but I ran the troubleshoot, which reloaded the driver and all is now working fine, except the wireless LED (botton right of case) does not light for some reason, but wireless still works.

    @Andrew – Well I don’t really know, but it sounds like the USB drive is not bootable

    @Erwin – Sorry, no idea about 64 bit, I’ve never had anything to do with it.

    @Rich – Sounds like the USB drive is not bootable, or your motherboard and/or bios do not support booting from USB.

    @Joert – Thanks for the update. I’m on Vista so didn’t realise the XP version won’t do it.

    @Chris – Yeah I’ve had days like that LOL.

    @Colin – Great! I’m glad this helped you out.

  11. mike says:

    I hear Windows 7 is looking good. Maybe as good as XP?

  12. Sherry says:

    Need to run around with my Aspire and work w/clients (troubleshooting, etc) so would like to know how Windows 7 does after a few days before trying it. Also need to try booting the Aspire from my external DVD player so can create a reinstall disk in case Win 7 doesn’t play nicely with the Acer after a bit. Hope you will keep updating this post. so I’ll know whether or not to move the Acer to Win7 next weekend. Thanks for the info so far! (Just got Win7 running on my Vaio laptop (literally just booted for 2nd time to get Norton running)… Thanks again.

  13. iandotcom says:

    I own an Acer Aspire One, and its an awesome little device for doing work on the road. I loaded it with Ubuntu Linux, and it fares pretty well for doing small scale graphic design, and its comfortable for typing. It took a little configuration, but there’s an online community devoted to getting it working so it isn’t that demanding.

    I saw the screenshots of Windows 7, and I have to say the new task bar looks oversized and clunky, and the start menu looks a little sparse too. I can’t say much though, I haven’t had an hands on with it. Maybe its better than what the pictures tell ya!

    • Damatos says:

      @Iandotcom have you tried to resize the icons to small? Right-click on your desktop and on View check on small icons, this should solve your size problem.

      The only problem I am having after installing windows 7 on my Aspire One D150 is the AcerVCM (the micro for the camera) stopped working, anything else works perfectly, WiFi, Ethernet, Sound, Desktop graphic, only I can not make video calls because the micro is not working, people can see me but can not hear me. Been looking for the software application but can not find a compatible one.

      • Chris says:

        have you had any success with getting a driver for the microphone, i am not sure but the only driver i am having issue with is the qualcomm hs-usb, driver was showing installed after windows 7 install, but i installed the crystaleye software for webcam and now this driver shows missing in device manager. any suggestions would be appreciated?

  14. todd says:

    would not run vista on the aspire one.. windows 7 would be a far better choice.

  15. Christiaan says:

    I have loaded Windows 7 onto my Aspire One 150 and I have also noticed that I do not get the light for wireless activity either. But at first I was also getting the effect of no WLAN seen on every other boot until I realized that it was the removable media (usb or sd card). Remove that at boot-up and that goes away. I did have to download the default atheros driver for XP from the Acer website, as none of the drivers that came with my netbook or were downloadable for it did not work.

    • choppa says:

      the one thing i noticed when upgrading from xp to 7 on my acer is that xp uses wod i think as it’s security for wi-fi where as windows 7 has a more secure version called wed now and that might be the prob here, i used the transfer system when upgrading and it did it all for me, i have the aspire one ,N275……
      #2, and up above with the mic biusiness i just used a playstation 2 mic/earphone set didn’t even have to use drivers it just worked with 7……..
      I hope this helps guy’s!!!

  16. Michael S says:

    I did things a bit differently, I mounted the iso with diskmagic and ran it as a virtual drive. The bootable usb drive is a good idea though.

    I had the same problems with the wireless (random no connection and LED not lighting). I think we need to get all the Acer stuff that shipped with XP into this OS so all the “bells and whistles” to function properly.

  17. elsa says:

    hi i just want to know more about this topic… this is my first time to read this site i never thought ive found a nice blog in this site…

  18. elsa says:

    will anyway i install my beta last day but it doesn’t work i don’t what to do now.. do u have any ways to install in the other way

  19. Matt says:

    Just extract the iso with poweriso or same and double click setup! that simple!

  20. teknics says:

    Something else I noticed, pressing the function key and trying to use the up and down arrows to adjust volume does not work either. I installed a generic Vista Realtek driver and didn’t notice a change. Device manager said it was a Microsoft driver installed previously, it’s now recognized as a Realtek device.

    Still googling around for a fix.

  21. William says:

    Busy post.

    I was wondering what the performance is like on the Aspire. Any chance you could do a follow up post with some details on the experience?

    I installed Windows 7 on a VM to see what it was like before letting it loose on my real hardware. Seems to run fairly well as a VM.

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  23. Mke C says:

    Has anyone tried W7 with the Aspire One with built in 3G? I’d like to see if anyone got that working before I give it a shot.

  24. Is2gu says:

    This “how-to” is wonderful. I didn’t have problems with a netbook but I did have problems installing from a DVD drive. Using this I took an old usb external drive and put Windows 7 on it and then the install went fine; and much faster than from the dvd. I did all of the above steps from a Windows XP computer; the only change I had to make is when it says to format the disk; do that like normal in windows and not from the dos prompt (since XP’s diskpart doesn’t have the format command).

  25. Chad says:

    This is not working for me on step 7

    Navigate to the boot directory
    cd E:\boot

    My mounted ISO in on letter Z:

    I tried

    cd Z:\boot

    All it does is return blank

    C:\Users\Chad>cd Z:\boot

    C:\Users\Chad>

    Please help. I’m running Windows 7 Beta right now. I mounted using Virtual Clone Drive. Also even tried using Pismo File Mount.

  26. Chad says:

    This is a fake post just to subscribe (forgot to checkmark that before).

  27. Christiaan says:

    I have installed the keyboard driver for XP to mine and am able to utilize the function key just fine. Have you tried that?

  28. teknics says:

    It’s not so much the function key for me as all the hotkeys actually function, it’s the onscreen notifications (for volume for instance) that are not working.

    And just to keep everyone updated, I read a post somewhere about a new Vista driver for the Atheros wireless card. I can happily report that I am no longer experiencing random drops and the LED functions properly. Here is the link for the driver: http://files.laptopvideo2go.com/wlan/atheros_v7.6.1.184.exe

    It is a self extracting package, you must update the driver manually.

  29. Chad says:

    This is not working for me at all. I was one hour into the install on my Aspire One (SSD 8GB version), after its 2nd reboot
    it tells me that it is not compatible with the hardware??? Then I rebooted again, it now tells me “windows could not complete the installation. To install windows on this computer, restart the installation”

    What’s going on? I’m running the official W7 Beta 7000 build on my Aspire One 8GB SSD version.

  30. George says:

    Hi Chad,
    how much RAM do you have (512Mb or 1Gb)? 512Mb could be a problem.
    The other thing is Windows 7 apparently wants 15Gb free space. I have the 1Gb RAM 8Gb ssd one. I didn’t have the time to try it yet. However it might work with a 16Gb SD card in the storage expansion slot (the one on the left side). Windows 7 should install the boot records on the 8Gb drive and run on the 16Gb SD card.
    Try it out…. let me know if you get it working. I don’t know when I have the time to try it.

  31. Chad says:

    I’m running 8GB SSD w/ 1GB Memory. The o/s (W7) does not require 15GB space. Its only 2.5GB in size (ISO) and during setup, says it is “recommends” 8.5GB in space.

    I tried twice, failed. I’ll try to see if I can install to the SD card, but not sure.

  32. Chad says:

    I tried again with 8GB SD card inside, booted off USB (as yesterday). The SD card itself apparently was not recognize as
    a drive to install to during setup. Only the SSD itself.

  33. George says:

    Hi Chad,
    I know it’s “only” around 8 gigs installed. Microsoft system requirements however are 16 gigs of HD space. According to an insider source it it closer to 15 GB, and Windows 7 checks for it during installation. I have no info yet if it checks for overall HD size. Requirements here are between 20 and 40 gigs, depending on version.
    You can also try to “lighten” the load a little with vlite. Just google for some how toos…

  34. Chad says:

    Have you managed to get it installed on your Apsire One? Please let me know.

  35. George says:

    Hmmm, that sucks…. leaves the vLite option to try.

  36. George says:

    Maybe I get around to it in the next few days. I’ll let you know.

  37. Chad says:

    I’d like to know how the OP Gary got this working.

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  39. Chad says:

    Anyone explain how to get wifi working on this? I successfully installed W7 on my Aspire One netbook (8GB SSD model). I can use wired LAN fine, but obviously need wifi to work. Acer’s support page only has XP drivers.

    http://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/forms/portal20.cfm?website=AcerPanAm.com&siteid=7117&areaid=2&formid=3394#results

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  41. Chad says:

    Ok, decided to use vlite one more time to shrink the size even further, got it down to 1.08GB (from previous 1.25GB).

    Now I get this error during install:

    windows could not collect information for [osimage] since the specified image file [install.wim] does not exist

    The install.wim file is in fact there, nearly 1GB in size.

    Would appreciate help on this.

  42. M time says:

    “windows could not complete the installation. To install windows on this computer, restart the installation”

    Basically MAKE SURE YOU TAKE OUT THE USB KEY AFTER INITIAL INSTALLATION and BEFORE it reboots or it will try to reinstall again.

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  44. dan says:

    I’m good up to step 5. can you help wiht a little more detail for step 6 – 9

  45. prisonerofmachines says:

    It installs from a SD card without any difficulty.
    If you want to see a video of the installation and what wireless drivers to use, you can see how I did it at qik.com/silencer and check out the “installing” videos.

  46. Chad says:

    I keep trying to reinstall w7 on my aspire one. I get an error telling me (2 hours in the install) that one of the system components cannot be installed.

    I’m using vlite. I tired so many variations. I did leave manual setup there and games there.

  47. Andrew says:

    Thanks for the how-to, works great! I have to say i’m impressed out how well Windows 7 runs (with my limited testing so far) on the Aspire One. Seems much snappier than my friends Aspire One with XP. Are people experiencing stability issues after a bit of use? I’m on the 160gb HDD with 1.5gb ram.

  48. Man says:

    if i do what ever you write right there, will it replace my Linux

  49. Andrew says:

    I have installed Windows 7 beta using external dvd drive. Aspire One (SSD 8GB version). Install seemed to hang @ 84% expanding data during install. Tried forcing reboot with no success. Started again with clean hdd and it was slow but left running over night and installed ok.

    Only 0.97 GB of 7.31 GB hdd available so have added 4GB SD readyboost. Not sure how much acer SSD is affecting performance.

    Anyone any ideas? XP was terrible on Acer locking up etc compared to Asus Eee pc.

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  51. Barry says:

    I cannot get passed the “Where do you want to install Windows” screen as it says it cannot install to the hard drive Drive 0 Partition 1, because it it not NTFS. Can you help?

  52. Barry says:

    It seems that I have sorted it by deleting the existing partition then creating a new one. Installing now, so thanks for the help. I assume that if Windows 7 doesn’t cut it for me, I can use the same method to install XP.

  53. Tony says:

    I cant get the USB to show on diskpart, list disk does anyone know how to get it to show

  54. christopher reyes says:

    Hi, i installed windows 7 on my acer aspire one, i have the xp version, all you have to do is download the windows 7 beta from microsoft and run it from within windows using magic disk, do a search on google and search magic disk it you will down load the virtual disk program, you mount the windows 7 iso and it will run like a program, very simple no need to do all that with usb, which is a great way to do it not downing the way that was posted just saying for some who are having trouble. thx any questions post and i will answer.

    Chris
    Source: 8 yrs sys admin.

  55. Bradford says:

    @Chris

    Is this just a Daemon tool? Can you actually boot from the virtual disk? If someone wants to do a fresh install then it doesn’t sound like MagicDisk would work.

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  57. christopher reyes says:

    yes you install magic disk and you mount the iso on one of your virtual disks, i did a fresh install on my acer one, it was very smooth and easy. let me know. thx

    Chris
    sys admin

  58. Adam says:

    As an FYI, I was able to use MagicDisc to mount the W7 ISO and created the USB stick without issue. Only driver that was required (from what I can tell) is the WIFI, which I was able to get from Acer’s site and installed okay. Will let you know how it works out

  59. Adam says:

    Anyone had any luck with Wifi? I can’t seem to get it to work – doesn’t show up in the Device Manager and the driver doesn’t do anything :(

  60. Adam says:

    FYI,

    Upgraded my BIOS to 3309 and was able to get my wifi working after the first boot. I then rebooted and now wifi is dead again. Device manager is showing an “Other Ethernet Controller” device with the yellow warning symbol. Going to re-install the driver and see what happens.

    Link to the bios upgrade:

    http://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/forms/portal20.cfm?recordid=5814&formid=3394&website=AcerPanAm.com&siteid=7117&words=all&keywords=&areaid=2

  61. Andrew says:

    Hi Adam, I had the same issue with the wifi. Selecting the Atheros AR5007EG driver corrected it. Works everytime it boots and didn’t need to download anything from Acer.

  62. john says:

    Thanks a lot, that was very helpful :D

  63. Dave says:

    Worked wonderfully! Thanks so much!

  64. Adam says:

    Andrew,

    Where did you get the driver for the Atheros AR5007EG driver from? Was that included in Windows 7?

  65. Andrew says:

    Hi Adam, i’m pretty sure the driver was included with the Windows 7 installation. To install it I clicked update driver on the “Other Ethernet Controller” and instead of automatically searching I did the select from a list option. From there selected network device->Atheros->AR5007EG. My details may be a little off as i’m writing from memory. I searched around on the internet to find out the Atheros chip in the Aspire One and assume you probably have the same if you have the hard drive version. Come to think of it I also had an ethernet cable plugged in, perhaps it was pulling the driver or driver list off of that?? Hope that helps

  66. xpgeek says:

    Good post and comments. I’ve done this too and installed Win7 beta on my aspire one. Runs great, significantly better then Vista did on it (I played with installing that on it too last month). Few problems with the atheros wifi too, but got it working when I need it to. Only got one problem, a friend of mine did this to his aspire one too, and wants to go back to XP now, and we’ve run into a problem that we can’t figure out. We made a bootable usb key with an XP Pro image, he wiped out the recovery partition too, but it wont boot from it. We created the usb key using command prompt diskpart method in Win7, and then tried it again using PeToUSB too. The key is created fine, it should work, but when we boot the aspire one from it, it just immediately says “remove disks or media and press any key to restart”. It wont boot from it, and we can’t figure out why. I guess hes just stuck with Win7 for now. Anyone know if can call Acer and get a recovery disk or image, since he wiped out the recovery partition too?

  67. Adam says:

    XPGeek,

    Try this method. http://www.liliputing.com/2008/04/install-windows-xp-on-mini-note-usb.html

    You’ll need a full XP install disc, but it will allow you to install XP fresh

  68. xpgeek says:

    Thank you. That method was completely successful.

  69. harleeekyn says:

    Nice turorial, just installing Windows 7 on my EEE 901 GO.

    For those of you that are stuck with an pen drive that fails booting with the “no operating system” error: Make sure you install the boot code also into the MBR.

    To do this, run “bootsect /nt60 /mbr”. This worked for me :)

  70. harleeekyn says:

    Hm, seems the blog doesn’t like “less than” and “greater than” characters. That should read: Run “bootsect /nt60 x: /mbr” and replace x: with the drive letter of your pen drive.

  71. foto says:

    I have just bought a new Lenova W700 and cannot stand Vista. I was thinking of downgrading to XP but I am now thinking of installing the W7 Beta. Installing the OS is the least of my worries.

    My main concerns are compatibilty…

    Drivers – will my Cameras,printers etc etc run on W7 using Vista Drivers?
    Programs/software – will media players, creative suites etc etc work?

    I have a load of other issues but thought best to keep it simple!

    Any problems you guys/girls have faced would be appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

  72. Markus says:

    Hey. I jsut tried this guide and I got my first problem, like some others, when I should go to boot. (# avigate to the boot directory
    cd E:\boot
    # Using bootsect, we’ll make the USB drive a bootable NTFS drive, ready for a Windows 7 image (my drive was labeled G):
    bootsect /nt60 G: )

    I got a laptop with vista where I try to make my USB bootable. And I want to put windows XP on the USb pen drive. There is 2 hard drives on this computer, c: and d: and the DVD player is on E and the USB pen drive got letter H. So… Where should this boot be on? C,d,e or h?

    Thx in advanced!

  73. Christiaan says:

    Foto:
    Most drivers have to be selected individually, I have noticed that as I was installing 7, if the vista drivers didn’t work, XP drivers did. If the XP drivers didn’t work, Vista drivers did. I have not yet seen anywhere that one of the drivers did not work, but I have noticed that in most cases, if it was not in the OS’s library and needed to be installed then you would have try to install one then the other to see which one does work. I haven’t seen any pattern yet to indicate why a particular driver set is more preferable over the other.

  74. Dieter says:

    Installed Windows 7 Build 7000 successfully on my Aspire One 150X 3G. Booted from a external HDD (copied sources from DVD and then bootsec /nt60)
    WLAN was a hassle too, sometimes it worked, sometimes not. Somehow it installed together with the Atheros AR5007EG a Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter.

    My 3G-Connection works (T-Mobile Germany)!!!

    First, I let devicemanager search from ACER CD (copied to a SD-Card) for the driver, installing a “Qualcomm Wireless HS-USB Ethernet Adapter 9212″

    Second, I installed all programs from the 3G-directory (3G_Gobi, 3G_Gobi_AP, 3G_Gobi_FW)

    Third, I copied my “T-Mobile Internet Manager 10″-directory from my XP-Image to “c:\program files”

    Fourth, installed WTGService (“wtgservic-install”).

    Fifth, set Service WwanSvc to automatic, Reboot.

    Starting “T-Mobile Internet Manager 10″, it detects the device, sim-card and provider and i can connect :-))

    • ishanarora says:

      Hey Dieter, can you please post some instructions how you installed Atheros the AR5007EG together with a Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter. Also please tell me the driver version for this

  75. Toon says:

    I have installed Windows7 beta and its realy fast on the acer one
    even my led for wlan is working ,the icon in taskbar stays gray thats the only problem with wlan so far :)

  76. Toon says:

    i did see it wrong that icon in the taskbar is working.

  77. Cori says:

    Just installed win7 on my acer one but the wlan makes trouble. I installed the drivers downloaded from the acer site but sometimes
    it works sometimes not, its a bit chaotic…Had to install the touchpad driver too but that seems to be working fine. Any clue or tips how to get the wlan fully working?

  78. Toon says:

    i have installed vista32-7.6.0.154-whql driver and no problems

  79. mr.e-man says:

    I’ve got an AAo with an 8GB SSD hard drive. I’ve upgraded the RAM to 1.5GB. When I try to install the Win 7 Beta it copies over the files, expands them, then sits in configuration for a LONG time, then gives me an error message that Win 7 cannot be configured to run on my hardware. Is it because of the 8GB SSD HDD? I have a 16GB SDHC card in the storage expansion slot, but the AAo doesn’t recognize that as base HDD space – I was hoping it would. Any thoughts? Thanks.

  80. Followed these instructions, and worked perfectly! Not one hitch…not even a wireless problem!
    I took a few pics if anyone’s interested.

    http://ashift8xbr.tumblr.com/tagged/netbook/chrono/

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  83. D says:

    Dunno if someone said this already, and hopefully it helps someone… just download the Windows7 iso and mount it with Daemon Tools, partition some room with Partition Magic, install… blam…

  84. Sean Kearney says:

    It fit on my system without real issue (8gb Internal). Wifi was a matter of getting the newer Vista capable driver from Acer I think and a reboot or two. Wifi light doesn’t work but I think that was a disassmbly / reassembly of the netbook gone bad on my part (Yes, brand new, I had it open in 3 days :P )

    I disabled System restore after and killed the hibernation file for additional O/S space. Threw another SSD card into the spare slot for applications and moved the profiles there. It works decently and has the Aero Interface

    http://www.energizedtech.com/2009/02/getting-windows-7-beta-to-fit.html

  85. petey says:

    how can i install win7 onto the sdhc drive instead of computers hd or ssd

  86. Brad says:

    Thanks for the alternate method to install XP on the Aspire One! Worked perfectly

  87. NikT says:

    Classic Funny – This Works:

    I have an AspireOne & thought I’d just try…

    1. Mounting the latest Windows 7 .iso with Daemon Tools so it appears as a virtual DVD drive
    2. Running setup from within XP on the AspireOne (no DVD, no external network, nothing)
    3. It transfered the files as it normally does during setup, rebooted a few times, now it’s on W7
    4. No, it did not ask for the DVD at any point.

    8)

    Oh, and the atheros_v7.6.1.184 drivers do, indeed, work… just make sure you do ahve the toggle switch on the front right of the notebook set to enable, not disable, wireless. ;)

  88. John Baker says:

    Hey, thanks for the content. I really appreciated the step by step. Some of us, me for sure, need that kind of instruction. Hey, for those looking for a laptop, try out this free tool that I have found on the net. It helps people find the best price on what they are looking for.

  89. allen says:

    Can anyone give me some advise for this?

    Im on step 8. When I try to open bootsect it pops up but then closes instantly.

    I have no idea how to get it to run properly and have tried a few things with no success.

  90. x tream says:

    acer aspire one aoa150-1126
    I’ve spent 30 some years traveling for a living and also just for fun! Always took a laptop along for biz, and occasionally took a small Winbook on personal trips. I found the Acer Aspire One while looking for something else. My unit has the 3 cell battery which will only go approx 2 hours at best. But for travel it’s great! It’s light, sturdy and the XP software is faster than Vista. Startup time is just about a minute! I can’t say enough good things about this unit. Be prepared to buy a portable cd/dvd for down loadning movies, programs etc… I recently found a very compact Sony drive for $100. In this case my total expenditure was $450 for both.
    If your looking for a unit to take along on trips – this is it! No need to spend $800 to $1000 for HP or others – this one fills the bill!

  91. michaelreuss says:

    I have tried to install a slimmed-down version of 7 (eee7). It boots (from USB-Stick) but then gives me the following message: “A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing”.
    Any clues how to work around this ? Which drivers would I have to search for (or install).
    AAOne110, 8GB SSD, 1,5 GB ram

  92. michaelreuss says:

    Re: my previous post:
    my mistake was that I had not formatted my SSD to NTFS. After I did, W7 installed and is now running fine (apart from the occasional bluescreen). Only remaining issues: the touchpad driver (XP) does not install, therefore the scrolling function does not work. Any solution for this ?

    • Jason says:

      This post was a lifesaver. I was having the same error. Jumped into the DOS prompt in Setup, ran DISKPART and repartitioned and formatted the disk, and it worked like a charm. Thanks :)

  93. Brendan says:

    Have just put W7 RC1 (Build 7100) onto my Acer Aspire D-150 Netbook. Runs like a dream. However I have lost the on-screen notifications when using the FN keys (i.e. brightness, volume, etc). Has anyone an idea of how to get the fix or drivers for to fix this ?

  94. John says:

    There’s a much easier way to load Windows 7RC1 than making bootable flash drives. Just load the ISO image files onto an SD card, boot up the existing OS and run Setup.exe from the SD card. It all works 100% with a whole lot less messing around.

  95. Scott says:

    The instrusctions work from windows XP with the following changes –

    Do the complete instructions up to the point where gary says –

    format fs=NTFS

    The format instruction is not recognised in the windows XP version of diskpart.

    Skip the format for now, and execute the rest of the instructions –

    assign
    exit

    Now go to My Computer and double click on the drive letter of the newly created disk letter. A dialog will pop up asking you to format it, be sure to select NTFS and quick format. Now copy the files from the Daemon tools mounted Win7.iso virtual drive to the USB drive and your done.

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  97. Wayne Schulz says:

    F12 key did not work to boot from USB – had to use F2 and select the USB as the primary boot. After that everything worked as a charm.

  98. foto says:

    I have just unistalled Win7 and gone back to XP.
    After working with Vista / Win7 for over a year I have got sick it and just want a really basic, solid OS – XP.

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  100. tom furniss says:

    you dont need a flash drive, optical or anything !!

    download the iso, mount it with magiciso and follow the steps,

    next time it boots up it will run the setup

    any more help needed email me, tom@expouk.co.uk

  101. multimolti says:

    @103:
    no that doesnt work. it will work for the first few minutes, but after rebooting the setup still needs the disc, but it isnt mounted any more (because win is not running at all). i tried it, but no luck -.-

  102. Mark Scerri says:

    Thanks a lot man I’ve been looking for this tutorial for ages.

  103. Everett says:

    I have loaded windows 7 on my Acer Aspire one A0A150 netbook, its been working fine nothing bad has happend, although there is a very big problem with the Erecovery manager, the hotkey at boot does not work. :/

    I have been using windows 7 for about two weeks now, I used the “Windows Compatibility” to start the acer erecovery on the windows 7 desktop, but got tons of problems, I dont wont to use recovery (I dont wont to lose windows 7 and its to unstable to go to xp), I wont use it for I dont wont to lose my hole system.

    Any way, WIndows 7 has been working wonders, faster then xp and looks better then xp, with the magic of “ReadyBoost” the system runs great!

  104. Everett says:

    Sorry I have very bag grammar. :/

  105. Everett says:

    What I got out of the unstable manager was, Windvd, Acer webcam and Adobe reader.

  106. Potzie says:

    could i install w7 with an external usb dvd unit?
    if not, why not?

  107. missa says:

    This worked beautifully for me. Thank you for writing this page.

    My caveats:

    -I was running Vista (Ultimate) on my mothership PC. This seemed to make a difference for others, so I mention it.
    -Step 6/7/8 were vague to me upon first reading. Basically use a program (I used Alcohol 52%) to make the w7 .iso file a logical drive on your mothership PC. Then navigate to the boot folder on the logical drive you just created. Then the logical drive in step 8’s command line (bootsect) is the USB drive.

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  110. Ondrej says:

    To create a boot drive with 64bit version of Windows 7 on a 32bit system (sucha as Vista), you have to use a bootrecord from a 32bit install DVD (can be either Vista or W7)

  111. RealityBites says:

    I’ve got the RC running with no issues, but I don’t plan to still be using this netbook in the fall, so I won’t be upgrading it to the released version.

    I’m going to therefore want to restore it to XP. I assume that now that my flash drive is bootable NTFS, I’ll be able to copy a Win XP set-up disc to it and go?

  112. madrasi says:

    Bought an Acer Aspire one A150-AW (1gb Ram, 120gb disk, linux version) yesterday and put the standard Windows 7 RC 32-bit on it and have had absolutely no issues with any of the drivers etc (I did have it connected via a standard ethernet cable during the install to allow it to find any drivers it needs).

    Its speedy enough to be very useable and I am really pleased – hope to get a cheap version of Windows 7 when its released (waiting to preorder in UK as it starts only 15th July).

    I use a ide dvd-rom drive with the backplane of an external hard disk plugged into it and connected to the netbook via usb to do the install.

    Having a 120gb disk helps as I blew away the linpus os (which is actually pretty good but not for me) and put win7 on a 30gb primary partition and left the rest for keeping my data separate.

    Will Repeat – I am really happy with it!

    I found the netbook online for just £149.99 and after using various cashback codes, cashback cards etc I reckon it will cost me around £130 finally (even after the delivery charges!!) – Super deal!

  113. scottttttt says:

    Can anyone help me? Everything went well with formatting my USB stick. Formatted to NTFS, prepared it to be a bootable drive, mounted W7 and then copied files to the 8GB USB stick.

    I insert it in the Aspire One, turn it on, press F12, select USB drive, and then nothing happens? It takes me right to my usual OS selection screen and no installation ever comes up.

    I almost had it! Please help!

  114. xhacer says:

    I am stuck trying to convert back from linux xde to windows 7 on acer aspire one 8gb ssd. i have made bootable usb with windows 7; boots up get to select hard drive- but they are formatted for linux- so windows cant use – also tried using repair, command line to use diskpart tools to try reformatting the main ssd drive- but it apparently cant from within windows???

    do i need a linux tool perhaps booting from usb? I dont care about wiping out the ssd starting over and formatting- thought that would be easy.

    please advise!

    thanks!

    ps- running win 7 on quad desktop 4gb ram- way better than vista ever was! my acer one has only 512 mb but gonna try it anyway :)

    • kevin says:

      use this program on the above site to make a USB bootable with gparted, gnome partition editor, this way you can delete the ext3 filesystem and have an unpartitioned hdd

      good luck!

  115. Daniel says:

    Concerning the volume issue and general (Fn) failures on windows 7, the answer is very simple. Uninstall the launch manager (which is the thing that controls them) and re-install then with the compatability mode for the installer set to vista SP3. XP modes will NOT work!

  116. kissfan003 says:

    For tose having problems getting the USB drive to boot… Google mbrwiz.exe
    You have to mark the USB drive as active. I guess this books with bootpart in vista, but not xp. if you are using XP: (credit for this goes to bawana.org)
    1.Set the USB drive to be the active partition with MBRWizard: Open a command prompt (Start -> Run -> cmd) and navigate to the directory where you extracted MBRWizard. Execute the following command: mbrwiz /list
    2.You should see your USB Drive in the list. Make note of the disk numbers next to the drives.
    3.Execute the following command to set the USB drive to active: mbrwiz /disk=(USB Disk Number here) /active=1 Answer “Y” to the confirmation
    4.Execute another list to ensure the active status has been updated. The USB Drive is now ready to be set to be bootable.

  117. Patrick says:

    Please help me with the drivers…I need drivers for my Aspire One A110, my OS is Windows 7…the old drivers from XP SP3 is not working on 7…please help me..i really need the drivers badly..HOPING A REPLY FROM YOU GUYS…………..

  118. cassab says:

    Windows 7 32 bit great for Aspire One D150, install external DVD drive, drivers basic but everything works including wireless. Aspire One D150 will not install Adobe Illustrator and Indesign CS3 because the resolution is not big enough….

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  120. Teroare says:

    I have a problem with this … when i try to install Win7 on a fresh partition it says “setup can’t create a new system partition or find an existing one ” … im trying to install it on an Acer Aspire One 150-bb .
    If i unplug the usb when i hit Install a popúp says “a required cd/dvd driver device is missing . …. ” if i keep the USB plugged i get “setup can’t create a new system partition …..
    DOes any1 have a solution to my problem ?
    Thx in advance

  121. Steve says:

    Outstanding!

    I’ve got genuine Windows 7 on order…they’re saying Oct. 22.

  122. Lou T says:

    NO OPERATING SYSTEM FOUND? It’s real simple use the vista version of diskpart.

  123. logan says:

    i have an easier way just extract the iso with winrar and after done extracting go to wherever you put it at and double click setup.exe or whatever it should be the only exe file though but go all the way through setup and next thing you know your on windows 7 for more detailed stuff just go to yogibear04.deviantart.com to contact me

  124. Mike says:

    I’ve had great luck with Windows 7…….waiting for the 22nd!

  125. MichaelSF says:

    This is great and I saved the entire post, comments and all. Thanks.

    But can you do me a favor?

    Correct the typo where you say “Let’s create a … a USD drive.”

    You don’t want people (noobs) wondering what a USD drive is, compared to a USB drive. :)

  126. MichaelSF says:

    Sidenote:

    I was going to create a thumb drive version of this since I have lots of 8GB chips (but Win 7 upgrade I just bought for $30 (download version) is only 2.3 GB, so a 4 GB chip is fine).

    Anyway, for those who don’t have an optical drive, what I did was look on eBay for a DVD-ROM and a separate DVD-ROM USB powered housing.

    I got an IBM Thinkpad DVD-ROM that would normally go into a notebook, for about $15 (they are really cheap nowadays, the ROM version, not the DVD-RW).

    The USB powered housing was about $15 too. (Simply searched eBay for “Thinkpad DVD housing” in the title only box). Then the exact housing shows up, to fit the Thinkpad DVD-ROM.

    End result, I have an excellent DVD-ROM optical drive, powered off the netbook’s USB port, for about $30.

    A bonus benefit is that the external optical drive is really compact since it does not need a power adapter to work.

    The alternative is you can look for a USB powered optical drive, but those are going to cost you about $50 to $75. My “workaround” DIY (do it yourself) is way cheaper.

  127. Charles says:

    @Mike…wat where d problems u had and aw did u conquer it…..cus am about to install the windows 7 full version….and i need a lot of help

  128. DonewithAcer says:

    Don’t get an AAO until they fix the Atheros Wifi. Picked one up today with Win 7 and wireless doesn’t work. The (Indian) support line at Acer gives you the typical endless run around – they are completely and totally clueless. There are no Win 7 drivers to fix the problem yet they keep selling the machines. Don’t by them – there crap! I’m returning this one tomorrow.

    Acer screwed the pooch on this one – there off my xmas list!

  129. boot says:

    Acer Aspire One AOD250-1165
    This model is fairly new. So it has the usual features, i.e. built in wi-fi, camera, 160 GB drive, etc, etc. This is the 3 hr battery model. I have no idea where Amazon gets their tech specs. We just bought this and the manual states that it comes with 1 GB of RAM, and is upgradeable to 2 GB. It recognized 4 wireless connections in my area the instant it was powered on. So far it’s great for what it was bought for, the internet, small low demand games, music, simple word processing…

  130. steve says:

    The older Acer Aspire One 150 series had 1 gig SDRAM which was expandable to only 1.5 gigs RAM.
    The newer 250 series utilizes DDR2 of 1 gig RAM, expandable to 2 gigs. There is also a model with the new dual-core Atom processor.

    I’ve been following all these comments, and I finally installed the (genuine) Win 7 update to my ZG5 – 150. Works quite well except for driver issues.

    I found the wireless works even better than before when I was running the original XP Home version. I believe that the issue is drivers, and perhaps the upgraded Atheros wi-fi driver was included with the Win. 7 package, (but not in the Beta version.)

    Some other drivers were NOT upgraded….rumours say that an SP1 package (Beta) is due in January 2010.

    I needed do upgrade the mouse driver as the new install caused over-sensitivity of the mouse pad, and jumping letters. Finding and installing the correct driver was automatic and simple….the service was free and I believe the website was http://www.notebook-driver.com/acer/acer-aspire-one-netbook-windows-xp-drivers/

    However, having finally installed the correct driver for the Crystal Eye webcam, which was disabled by the Win 7 conversion, I it still won’t operate. Could someone please help me with this? Other drivers not checked out yet…but someone reported a disabled card reader.

    Acer have been incredibly unhelpful…they seem to be set up as a bargain brand with minimum service; too bad for the customers. And a warning to the world; avoid factory ‘re-conditioned’ acer computers, at all cost!

    Too bad as I really love my ZG-5 8.9″
    I’m running a 250 gb Western Digital HD and 1.5 gig RAM. Very fast…2 seconds flat onto Google Chrome and 5 seconds onto my G-mail.

    I have disabled the Aero features and customized over to a plain-looking layout, similar to Windows 2000. Much less distracting on the tiny screen and very much faster. Some of the Windows 7 features such as an XP Pro. partition are missing from my netbook. (Supposed to show up only when installed on computers with 4 GB RAM) I also dislike the lack of control of the operator, using Win 7. Maybe it’s just my opinion, but I get a sense that I am in some kind of gigantic tutorial scheme…I preferred the openness and professionalism of XP-Pro. Not taking away from some of those fine new features.

  131. steve says:

    Following yesterday’s announcement from Google, maybe someone could do a new project;
    ‘How to Install Google Chrome Beta on an Acer Aspire One Netbook?’
    The link for beta downloads:

    http://www.chromefans.org/chrome-news/download-install-chrome-os-now.htm

  132. OMG says:

    lolz..another one fooled by Fake Chrome OS…

  133. Steven says:

    I tried it and I had all sort of issues. but it was beta software from MS

  134. steve says:

    OK I was fooled, but I’m fairly new at the game.
    I still believe that Google Chrome will arrive, perhaps in a year. If there’s a Beta version, it would make for a nice project. Win 7 seems not really optimal for a netbook.

    • kevin says:

      I do not agree, I have had win7 on my AA1 – upgraded to 1.5GB – for about two months now and it works perfectly… it is ideal for the few things that I cannot use Ubuntu for :)

      upgrade to 1.5 if you do not already and you will see the improvements…

  135. steve says:

    I upgraded to 1.5 gig RAM and 250 GIG HD.
    Speed is not the issue. I get oversensitivity with the touchpad even with the latest Synaptec mouse driver. And I don’t like operating the taskbar, start menu etc. on the tiny screen. And the cam. still doesn’t work; a software issue. It was easier when I was running XP. Still there are some great new features.
    I also have WIN 7 on a desktop, 64 bit processor. A different story, I like that one just fine.

  136. Kevin says:

    Fair enough! I haven’t tried the camera., mostly use Ubuntu Netbook Remix and this works perfectly and boots in half the time… have a 400GB hard drive with Mac OSX, Win7 & UNR so have the best of all three worlds :)

  137. Arie Kanarie says:

    Hi all,

    At this moment of writing i’m setting up a W7 unattended on to a Acer aoa 150 by a Wifi connection.
    I use a PC, wireless router and the Acer :-)
    Copying files is done an extraxting is running.
    I did the dvd into my PC dvdrw and went to X:\Sources and from the Acer i ran the Setup.exe
    I’ve splitted the 160Gb with Partition magic into:
    1) ACER_LAPTOP_PQSERVICE0-1_Drive
    2) ACER_LAPTOP_C_Drive
    3) Self made partition for W7 of 50Gb

    @ this mom the acer just rebooted and the W7 setup is continuing :-)

    For so far this is my contribution to the story.
    Tnx for reading…..

  138. BB says:

    Hi can anyone help I have recently purchased an acer aspire laptop 18.4 inch screen, I waited for weeks for the windows 7 upgrade and having finally got it, it’s taking forever to install so far its takenover 20 hours to get to 87% gathering files settings and programmes is this right anythin little about computers ould I just leave it or do i need to do something? please can anyone help. Thankyou.

  139. laith says:

    hi every one …
    i install windows 7 in my aspire one d150 model the thing is everything worked good but windows didn’t had the driver for 3g modem any idea where to get it …..i tried acer website and there is no driver supported for w7

  140. Thanks for this – I really enjoyed this post!

  141. This post was a really good read. I ahve WIndows 7 on my desktop, but am crazy to get it on my netbook as well. Thanks!

  142. steve says:

    I just picked up another Acer One ZG5 150 for $30, with a brand-new battery. It’s supposed to have a broken motherboard. Worth it for the battery alone!
    Now if I can solve the motherboard issue, I’ll be looking at this as a neat project…anyone got any project ideas?

  143. bothersaidpooh says:

    i have an aspire one here with the hdd mod.
    It was working fine but the HDD is a bit “twitchy” and the machine won’t boot reliably from it unless you save settings in BIOS first.

    has anyone else run into this problem?
    this machine also has an internal webcam problem.

  144. steve says:

    It could be something about your conversion from SSD to HDD. Most models that were original HHD units installed 7 easy-peazy.
    I also reported webcam problems, but when I recently installed Skype, everything was OK.

  145. christian says:

    Thanks for this was having a hell of a time with some of the usb boot drive creators to build a win 7 install usb but managed to get it working now

  146. steve says:

    Following up, I’m planning to do a “Repair-Install” as I rather stupidly erased some registry items from Win 7. Repair Install is done using the 7 disc: in this case, my Win 7 Pro is on a USB pen drive.

    I’m really interested in using the ReadyBoost feature by using a spare 2 GB SD card. Wiki has a good article on ReadyBoost. This flash memory should be nearly as good as adding more RAM (I already have 1.5) and much faster than virtual memory from the HD. I’ll just put the SD card in and leave it there, taping it over.
    Someone much earlier wrote about trying Ready Boost on an 8 GB Limpus Lite version…I wonder how that worked out.

  147. neil says:

    have had windows 7 installed on my acer aspire 1 aoa 150 before my wireless network signal was ok now its low and my internet just drops of.the router has not changed and the antenna is in the same place.is there a way to improve my signal.i tried a usb wireless adaptor by tp link but my netbook does not have the right drivers to download this product.the acer website does not show any driver downloads for windows 7 on my aspire 1.do anyone know a way of improving my signal via usb adaptor etc.thanks neil

  148. steve says:

    Sounds like you need to install some new drivers; did you try downloading from Windows?
    Better still, why not go to an FTP drivers source company like JMicron’s for drivers, specifically ftp://driver.jmicron.com.tw or
    http://www.jmicron.com.tw/Driver.htm. The download/install should be automatic.

    The installation of new drivers should include the update for your wireless device, and restore the signal. Worked for me; best luck.

    Previously I wrote about the great Windows 7 fearure ReadyBoost, and it would seem that the driver for the SD card flash device does not support ReadyBoost.
    Somewhere I found that a couple of guys had good success with JMicron drivers to enable ReadyBoost: specifically try JMB38X_WinDrv_R1.00.26_WHQL.zip or JMB38X_WinDrv_R1.00.34_WHQ, which you will have to experiment with. I was going to wait until I had installed this myself before reporting, but while we’re on the subject…..

  149. goldsend says:

    niel,
    The previous versions of the drivers should work, just remember to set compatibility to that version of the drivers. One thing that I have learned the hard way is when windows updates wants to update device software with non-proprietary types of drivers, DO NOT LET IT! They often stop the device from working correctly and can crash the system itself sometimes. You should be ok with just installing the software and drivers from the maker, even if it is originally written for Vista. One good thing that I have noticed about Win7 is that it is able to use drivers from previous versions. Hope this helps!

  150. sundaysleep says:

    =QUOTE=
    # laith Says:
    December 6, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Reply

    hi every one …
    i install windows 7 in my aspire one d150 model the thing is everything worked good but windows didn’t had the driver for 3g modem any idea where to get it …..i tried acer website and there is no driver supported for w7

    =QUOTE=

    I also have a problem with the modem. my friend read about the same problem happen on hp laptop with the same modem. the problem solved by modifying the application. maybe we should do the same with acer 3g connection manager. but i haven’t found anybody who has done it. i’ll write here when i’ve found it.

    anyway, laith, is that a correct model, d150? because my aspire one is also with 3g internal modem and the type is AOA150.

  151. steve says:

    Wikipedia has an excellent compendium of the many variants of the Acer Aspire One at:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_Aspire_One

    Hope this helps to alleviate some confusion.

  152. Mariel says:

    Does anyone experience problems surfing to some websites? My problem with my Acer Aspire and Win7 is that some websites load quickly, others just freeze halfway there – then I have to stop and refresh a lot of times. Those I have more problems with are those that go from http to https, and if I stop and write https on the address bar then it loads fine.

    I haven’t observed any pattern with the non https sites that don’t work, but some are monster.co.uk, Google maps and videos like in Youtube.

    Any tips?

  153. steve says:

    I’ve finished my ReadyBoost experiments on 2 computers, including my Acer baby.

    Back in Jan/09. Andrew said, “Only 0.97 GB of 7.31 GB hdd available so have added 4GB SD readyboost. Not sure how much acer SSD is affecting performance.”
    – Well Windows states that ReadyBoost does not work with SSD hard drives; however my results with conventional HDD’s were entirely different…it’s fantastic!
    Comments: – Downloading the correct driver from Action Center may be required to enable ReadyBoost.
    Both SD cards and USB thumb drives work. But it’s important to purchase a high-quality product…some of these say they are certified for ReadyBoost on the package.
    For flash drives over 4 GB, it is required to format with NSTF. However for 4 GB or less , the FAT 32 system is simpler and faster. And because someone [on the net] warned that all flash drives are only certified for 4GB useage, and that his 8GB unit failed using ReadyBoost, I chose to limit to 4GB useage.
    So I have a 4GB Kingston SD HC card in one of the card slots, taped over with a bit of black duct tape, and that’s quite an elegant solution. Almost like having 5.5 GB of RAM on my acer, and it’s very fast!
    The useage of flash drives…up to 8 allowed, is nearly as fast as adding more RAM, and at a fraction of the price. And the Acer’s limit is 1.5 GB RAM, anyhow, which I have already.
    The use of flash memory in this way is supposed to save wear and tear on the RAM and the HDD, so I recommend this totally!

  154. Steve says:

    My VLSI chipset drivers are showing as missing, in device manager. Model ZG5 does not show up in the Acer website. Can someone please help?

  155. Chiapo says:

    I’ve been successfully surfing on My Acer Aspire One ZG5 with the built in Qualcomm 9212 HS-USB WWAN (3g) modem ever since I upgraded to xubuntu 9.10 (kernel 2.6.31.17) & I really love this machine!

    I installed xubuntu alongside WinXP, which was quite simple.

    Just follow the prompts, making sure to select the option that doesn’t disturb existing installations.

    I used a nifty app called FLASHNUL.EXE to write the .ISO file to a USB flash drive.
    Instructions for using FLASHNUL.EXE were from the main ubuntu site & pendrivelinux.com.

    The Win vs linux debate has been hot & heavy around my acquaintances, but once they see my AAO in action with xubuntu they usually break down & give xubuntu a spin.

  156. steve says:

    This process only works on Vista or newer operating systems. Ugggh. If you are still running XP check out Bootsage… http://firesage.com/bootsage this will automate the process for creating a bootable windows 7 flash drive installer.

  157. Steve says:

    I am the original “Steve” who has been posting on this site all along. Call me “Steve 1.” This latest post by another “steve” is not me and seems to have posted for commercial purposes.
    I advise all readers that the same thing can be accomplished by a newer tool from Microsoft which can be downloaded for free. Not available when Gary Short did his original research.
    from GOOGLE:
    Microsoft Store: Download Manager Help
    The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable DVD or USB …

    http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool

  158. I found answers here to a lot of my problems. thank you.

  159. solver ease says:

    acer aspire windows not load from boot manjooat@hotmail.com you dont have to go through all this i can get you going so easy send me email and i will tell you how Guaranteed
    ya back in buis within the hour

  160. Steve 1 says:

    Solver, I can’t see that anyone complained about not loading from boot. Anyhow there’s lots on the net about this and 95% seems to revolve around BIOS settings.
    If you get the famous black screen, first take the battery out for a while and the BIOS may reset itself. Then consider that the Acer Aspire One has a built-in feature, Booting from Bios….try that. But at this point you may want to install the latest BIOS from Acer. (Example; the AOA 150 would be the BIOS series 10.)

    But as the great philosopher Henry Ford said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

  161. goldsend says:

    Steve 1, I dunno for sure but I think that is a spam posting…

  162. Steve 1 says:

    I thought so, too.

  163. Colleen Seng says:

    Really cool I adore examples of the articles which have been written, and especially the comments posted! I’ll come back!

  164. Steve 1 says:

    Acer to Launch Google Chrome OS Notebooks – Challenge to Win 7 ?

    Acer has narrowed its Chrome OS netbook release window to the third quarter 2010. It’s also preparing to launch an e-book reader and a tablet too. It’ll be aimed initially at Europe and Asia Pacific.

    http://windows7news.com/2010/02/08/acer-to-launch-google-chrome-os-notebooks-challenge-to-win-7/

    I’ll be looking for a Beta version before that.

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  166. adriano says:

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  167. bandsxbands says:

    I’m in a love-hate relationship with digital memory because of how prices are always,and I mean always dropping. I absolutely hate buying SDs for my R4 / R4i at (what seems to be) a cheap price only to see it become ten percent cheaper a couple of weeks later.(Posted using Nintendo DS running R4i Post4i)

  168. Steve 1 says:

    I purchased and installed a Windows 7 Professional Update disc last year. So I was very surprised to learn that my registration had ‘expired, ‘ necessitating me to phone to Microsoft-Windows. This issue was soon solved as I lucked into an efficient solver who needed to skate through several different Microsoft offices to get the right person. While I listened. Geez, they even use aliases and everything, just like those guys with three letters!

    Then she switched me over to a Microsoft call center in India, so I could get technical help with a wireless connectivity problem. THAT conversation took one hour for what should have taken only 5 minutes. The support ‘engineer’ I spoke to did have a rudimentary grasp of the English language but clearly could not comprehend plain spoken N. American English, nor think ‘outside the box’ towards a creative yet simple solution.

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  171. Leonard says:

    If anyone is in the market for an ACER Aspire One, there are bargains available online. Currently, 3/11/10, you can get the ACER Aspire One AOD150-1165 for at least $60.00 below the higher priced ($390.00) netbook from Amazon. don’t miss the opportunity to buy it for $329.00 at PortableOne.com

  172. pen bb says:

    grazie ma ho provato sul mio pc, e non mi ha funzionato, forse devo abilitare qualche funzione

  173. Steve says:

    Old news but relevant.

    Microsoft pulls Windows 7 download tool | Beyond Binary – CNET News10 Nov 2009 … Software giant takes down tool aimed at making it easier to put Windows 7 on Netbooks after blogger raises question about whether the …
    news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10394191-56.html – Cached

  174. Aspirefreak says:

    Very Helpful.Thanks

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  177. I have no boot menu on my laptop.
    And installation Windows 7 DVD was scratched.
    What i did was:
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  178. Ashu says:

    Hi Gary! i need your help in enabling microphone in my Acer laptop …….. i am not able to enable microphone.
    As in i can listen to the songs. It detect my voice too, i have done recording, however i am not able to here that recording.
    And when i try to do voice chat i can here my freinds voice, however my freind cannot listen to me.

    Please help ASAP.
    Thanks :)

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  180. Baza says:

    Hi Gary,when i start install i get no cd/dvd driver error message any idea where i have gone wronge.

    acer aspire 1 (150 aoa)

    cheers baza

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  183. Lacey Smith says:

    Access Denied when using ‘bootsect’ to set usb drive up for copy of iso file. I’m on an HP doing all this for my Acer Aspire One ZG5. This laptop is running 7 already. Mine is sitting at ‘missing boot mngr’ on start up. Can I just copy the iso file from the mounted drive to the usb drive?

    Someone please help!!! I’ve been on this all night!

    Thanks everyone!

  184. goldsend says:

    What I did was just format the usb to FAT then extract the contents of the .iso onto the usb drive. Everything worked perfectly after that. I did try to put the iso file directly on the drive, but I couldn’t get that to work.

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  188. masagenga says:

    hello…there anybody help me finding best driver 3G and Webcam in Acer Aspire One ZG5 for OS Windows 7 Enterprise ?….only that device not configure and undetected…over all appss and fast access trully…you must try on netbook AOA150 ZG5..Cooll

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  195. Christine says:

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