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Windows 7 Starter Edition Netbook Installation

Updated on May 30, 2010

The recent influx of netbook computing has been primarily Windows XP based but the new systems on the market have been rolled out with Windows 7 Starter Edition. Due to this, there are a number of netbook owners that are interested in migrating their systems to Windows 7.


The higher hardware demands of Windows Vista over Windows XP prevented netbooks (for the most part) to be released running even the basic versions of Vista. The hardware demand was not the same for Windows 7 Starter Edition and a new generation of netbooks have been arriving with this new version of Windows pre-installed.


For a little more in depth detail of Windows 7 Starter Edition please read my Windows 7 Starter Edition Hubpages article at


Before you can simply take your existing netbook and install Windows 7 Starter Edition, you will need to verify with the hardware manufacturer that it is "Windows 7 ready" and on their Windows 7 Upgrade Capable Systems list.


As part of this process you may need to flash the system BIOS as well but again, the place to verify all of this is on your hardware manufacturer's website for your given netbook.


You'll need to verify as well that your netbook meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 7. I have a large and detailed list as part of my hub but in summary:


There is a base set of primary system requirements which are defined by Microsoft as follows:


·         1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

·         1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

·         16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

·         DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver


The hardware requirements for the Windows 7 basic experience are:

·         Current processor running at least 800 MHz

·         512 MB of system memory

·         A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable


The hardware requirements for the Windows 7 premium experience are:

·         1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

·         1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

·         Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum), Pixel Shader 2.0, and 32 bits per pixel

·         40 GB of hard drive capacity with 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

·         DVD-ROM drive

·         Audio output capability

·         Internet access capability


This is pretty much the standard across all of the editions of Windows 7 and for the most part all you'd be concerned with regarding Windows 7 Starter Edition are the hardware requirements for the Windows 7 basic experience.

Windows 7 Starter Edition supports a maximum of one physical processor and supports the following list of features


·         Jump Lists

·         Windows Search

·         HomeGroup Join

·         Windows Media Player

·         Backup and restore

·         Enhanced Media Playback

·         Action Center

·         Device Stage

·         Home Media Streaming

·         Bluetooth Support

·         Fax and Scan

·         Credential Manager




Once you have verified that your system meets all of the requirements you can begin your install.


As there is no direct (in place) upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7 you will need to do a custom (clean) install and then re-install your applications.


To do this you would purchase and download Windows 7 from the Microsoft Store as an installation file since Windows 7 Starter Edition is not available for retail sale.


You would make your purchase and download Windows 7 Starter Edition from the Microsoft Store as an installation file on your netbook just like any other program that you might download and install. This will allow you to perform the installation from within the existing Windows XP operating system as a custom (clean) install.


You can also download the file as an ISO file and use a USB flash drive for the install; as I will show you in the steps outlined below by downloading and running the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.

This will make it so you can install Windows 7 onto your computer directly from the USB flash drive or external USB DVD drive (most true netbooks do not have internal DVD drives).


You might need to change the boot order of drives in your computer's BIOS to boot directly from your USB flash drive or from a DVD when you first turn your computer on.


The System Requirements for the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool are:


•             Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)

•             Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)

•             50MB of free space on your hard drive

•             DVD-R drive or 4GB removable USB flash drive

•             You need to be an administrator on the computer you are installing the Windows 7 USB/DVD      Download tool on.

•             The tool requires the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 or higher.



For Windows XP Users the following applications must be installed prior to installing the tool:


•             Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 must be installed.

•             Microsoft Image Mastering API v2 must be installed.


The steps for the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool setup are detailed below.


Once you download the tool and extract it, the Welcome to the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Setup Wizard windows will appear.

On the next screen you begin the installation by selecting INSTALL.

This next screen shot shows you the progress of the install

On the final page of the setup you would hit FINISH to close out the Setup Wizard.

Now that the install is complete you can run the tool. Step 1 is to enter the path to the ISO file as shown below.

The next step in the process is to choose the media type to be used - USB or DVD. We will choose the USB option to continue.

The third step of the process is to insert the USB device and choose the BEGIN COPYING option as shown below.

In a situation where you do not have enough free space on the device (but enough total space) the tool will prompt you to erase the device by selecting the ERASE USB DEVICE option.

You'll be given an opportunity to verify that erasing the device is what you wanted to do. To continue from here you need to choose YES.

Once the erase action has completed Step 4 occurs which is to create the bootable USB device as shown below.

 This next part of the progress is the file copy portion, as shown below.

Once the process is complete you'll receive the "Bootable USB device created successfully" message on the final screen.

Once completed, the USB or DVD will have all of the files extracted and the media will be set as bootable for the installation.

At this point your device is ready to use; all you would need to do is start the machine up and allow it to boot from the USB device.


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      6 years ago

      How/where can i download it without usb/cd ??

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      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      i need your program to default this flash drive

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      Microfost Win7 

      6 years ago

      O thanks pel win

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      7 years ago

      Hi, and thanks. I've followed the steps and the disk was succesfully created in my 8gb usb but..., I load it in and I accept the agreement, then it gives me two options, to update or to install, I choose the installation and it says,

      Specify which disc you want to use for installing Windows.

      Disc 0 Partition 1 (232.2 GB) Avail space 0.0 MB!!! (primary)

      Disc 0 Partition 2 (746 MB) Av. Sp. 0.0 MB Logic

      Down it says: it is impossible to install Windows on disc 0 Partition 1 (details)

      Details state: It is impossible to install Windows in this HD space. Windows must be installed in an NTFS format partition.

      Impossible to install Windows. Unrecognised tipe partition.

      What can I do?

      My computer is an Acer AO522 1GB ram 250 Gb HD. I had windows and deleted while trying to install linux mint. Now there's no OS in it, and I'd like to fix this.



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      Prabal Goyal 

      7 years ago

      after this can we use our pen drive for keeping files?????

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      8 years ago

      Hi all!

      First of all please apologize me for my bad English.

      I bought a samsung N150 netbook before last couple of months. It's simple and work well till i installed ubuntu. Basically i had two partition C: and D:, to install ubuntu i format the D partition and divide it into three and installed a ubuntu inside the new partition, (i used Gparted software to format the hard while i was boot ubutu from USB).

      That's all i got problem in windows boot. I unable to boot windows. There after once when i used ubuntu from usb i delete all the partition by mistakenly. Now i've installed windows xp in my N150, but this is not like windows starter. Now i lost the widows7 starter, which is come with my netbook. All i need to know is, how can i get windows starter which is come with my netbook, how can i get the 15 gb recovery partition and samsung recovery solution4.

      Please help me i couldn't come out from this problem last couple of week, i'm really suffering by this problem. If you help me to sort out this trouble, i'll really grateful to you.

      Yours truly.

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      medo abollo 

      8 years ago

      thanks very much

      This was really useful to me

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      8 years ago

      What is the existing size of the installed hard drive and what is the amount of used disk space?

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      8 years ago

      I bought a new netbook which came with win7 starter. Any idea how big a USB drive i'll need to make an image of it (before I upgrade to full Win7)? Haven't been able to find this info on MS website at all, and when I tried making the image, my 4GB thumb drive was rejected as too small (with no size requirement given). UGH. Thanks for the great writeup!

    • GUNDERSTONE profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks ineveryoneheart, much appreciated.

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      8 years ago

      woh all installaion steps are very clear so i m votting it up


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