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My friend bought a Toshiba netbook more than an year ago. The netbook came with an XP install on single partition. It also has a tag/sticker saying "Designed for Windows XP". The machine has a 1 GB memory and an Atom processor.

The question is whether or not I can install Windows 7 on the same system.

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For what it's worth: I have an Atom-powered UMPC (like a netbook, without a keyboard or lid) with 1GB of RAM, and it was 'designed for XP'. I installed Win7 Ultimate on it, and it runs as good or better than XP did. But I think it's only bearable, on the 1GB RAM, because it has an SSD drive. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 10 '11 at 16:26
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Download and install the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor on the Toshiba, it will generate a report on your hardware and installed software and make recommendations.

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It will install and it will run okay. Your main hassle will be drivers. You may need to turn off some flashy features (like Aero) and I would recommend upgrading the RAM to at least 1.5 GB or 2 if the hardware is capable.

If you don't have a restore disk for it, take a snapshot/backup of the HDD as it stands now. You may find yourself wanting to go back to XP.

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After having to replace a failed hard drive, I put Windows 7 Professional on an Acer netbook with 1GB RAM; I let the install run automatically. I haven't turned off Aero or anything else yet it still works fine.

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