Thanks to geognerd for the image
At 9pm this evening I powered up a brand new Samsung NC10 netbook (I subsequently wrote this post from the machine in question) for the first time. I hit “F2” as the power light blinked into life to change the boot device order – making my USB memory stick(thumb drive) the primary.
I didn’t even both letting the machine boot it’s pre-installed Windows XP Home operating system – I simply booted into a Windows 7 installation, removed the existing partitions and pretty much took the defaults.
At 9:21pm the shiney new NC10 was fully up and running in Windows 7 RC Ultimate edition with aero glass and sound working perfectly.
At 9:25pm I’d connected the machine to the Internet for the first time via my Vodafone 3G card – I have the “pebble” modem which (like most 3G cards these days) automatically provides the associated software and device drivers.
Where did I get the bootable Win7 USB stick?
I build it myself by doing the following:
- I download the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) from here. The resulting file was 2.35Gb in size.
- I configured the target USB memory stick to be bootable following the instructions on Jeff’s blog
- The Windows 7 RC installation kit download was a “.iso” file – I used undisker to extract all of the files (and folders) from the “.iso” and place them on the (now bootable) memory stick
Note: I wrote an earlier post with some guidance that you may find useful
BTW the filename for the Win7 RC installation kit following the 2.35Gb download was “7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_en-us_retail_ultimate-grc1culfrer_en_dvd.iso”
I’m delighted with the result – a fast, lightweight system with a beautiful user interface.