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I have an HP mini laptop with Windows 7 Pro. It has an atom 1.6 N280 with 2G memory. It works a little slowly. If I install Windows-XP will it work faster? Can I get drivers for XP?

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If you aren't opposed to a non-windows OS, Xubuntu would work wonderfully. As far as which windows version to choose, you probably won't notice much of a difference aside from the obvious functionality differences inside the OS. – MaQleod Nov 14 '10 at 21:22
My gosh, it is a 1.6ghz and 512 cache 667 FSB wanna be processor, how fast do you expect it to be? Posting your exact model may get you some more informed answers… – Moab Nov 14 '10 at 21:40
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While XP might work a little faster on that hardware. The difference should be noticeable, but not really significant. if you want a fast computer, don't get a netbook. They're meant for portability, not performance.

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Windows 7 for netbook is better than XP i found. But the best OS I tested on my netbook was Ubuntu netbook edition, witch is the best if you don't mind leaving windows.

Ubuntu netbook edition is made specially for netbook so it is fast and the display is optimized for netbooks too.

Good luck!

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is Ubuntu is free ? and my program will work on hem (like office...winrar....) ? – Gold Nov 15 '10 at 8:36

You might have trouble finding XP drivers for your netbook. I recommend you keep Win7 on it - or if you require more speed, then replace the netbook with a more powerful laptop or pc.

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My rule of thumb is that 2GB and below, go XP. 4GB and above, go 7 (64bit). In between there, there's a lot of "it depends" involved.

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