Does Windows 7 live well on a 1 GB RAM Atom netbook? It's hard for me to try before I buy at the moment, so any advice from those that are already running Windows 7 would be appreciated.
If they are able to get it working on a Pentium II I think any current generation computer should be able to run it.
Edit: I have it running on a 6-year old HP-notebook. 2.4 Ghz Pentium 4, but only 512 MB RAM. Runs smoothly, only couldn't get my network drivers working, else I would have been able to review it's performance on websites and the like. But a 1 Gb Atom should be more than sufficient
Your biggest concern off course is what you can do with such a system.
Since if you try to multitask heavily or loads tons of superuser pages you can fill up any amount of RAM. 1 Gb should be fine for some browsing and IMing
I believe Microsoft has a specific flavor of Windows 7 for netbooks (Edit: Looks like this was scrapped?) which is pretty stripped down.
I am not sure if a full-blown Windows 7 would be suitable for a 1gb RAM netbook...maybe if you went back to the retro displays and such.
I have it running on some Celeron's with a 1GB of RAM with no issues whatsoever. It is extremely fast and does not seem to be hampered.
You can still download the Windows 7 RC from Microsoft until the 15th of August to test it for yourself. You can download it here
I have an Acer Aspire One (160 GB HDD) with 1 GB of RAM and I run Photoshop CS3, Flash, Visual Studio and Windows 7.
Only because I found a tutorial and it was easy I added an additional 512 MB of RAM. But my system ran Windows 7 RC1 perfectly before adding the extra RAM.
With a netbook I noticed that I got a little extra boost by using a ReadyBoost drive as well.