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Amazing – a bare metal Win7 RC install took just 21 mins on Samsung NC10 netbook

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.