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.

  • It uses 1GB on my PC idle with nothing running!!!
    – Paul C
    Mar 25, 2012 at 19:41

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Yes, I am using it on an ASUS N10 (1 GB of memory), and it seems to run as well as Windows XP did. There are a few minor driver issues, but nothing bad enough to make me revert to Windows XP.


I've got it running on a 1 GB Atom Netbook and I think it runs fine. Admitedly I only use it for web browsing, but I can't say I've noticed any performance difference to when it was running Windows XP.

  • Yep, I have it running on my Dell Mini 9 happily. Aug 20, 2009 at 23:38

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.


Test Drive: Windows 7 on a Netbook

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    Nope, Windows Starter Edition isn't for netbooks. Windows Ultimate or any SKU works great. Aug 20, 2009 at 23:39

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.


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