Windows 7 has been in the news the past few days. Mr. Sinofsky demoed Windows 7 running on a netbook as well ( and I must say I loved the Windows 7 presentation too! ). Well, Laptop Mag got hold of the pre-beta Windows 7 build and installed it on an Asus Eee PC 1000H. The specs of this netbook were a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor with 1GB of RAM. Not one I would want to touch with a Windows Vista DVD. But according to Laptop Mag, it run pretty smoothly, booting in about 58 seconds, where as XP took a minute to boot on the same netbook. And without any application running, Windows 7 used 485 MB of RAM! The only issues were some choppy video playback and skype video calling. But that’s to be expected from a beta. The netbook had a rating of 2.3, but then I’m not a fan of the rating system in Vista. I hope they change it to something better, as a 2.3 rating could mean various inaccurate things instead of giving you a very clear picture about the hardware.
Although the Atom processor used seems to be dual core, we’ll be doing our own tests with the pre-beta build here at Redmond Pie on some single and dual core low end systems. We’ll follow up with the results soon!