Loading Windows 7 on an Acer Aspire One D150 is a snap – once you know the secret

Loading Windows 7 on an Acer Aspire One D150 is a snap - once you know the secret

My friend Mark contacted me via GTalk video chat three days ago to test out his new Acer Aspire One that he purchased for $349 at Costco. I was so impressed that he was able to connect and video chat without difficulty on a Netbook that cost so little that I immediately ordered one for myself on Amazon.

Last night I put Windows 7 Release Candidate on the machine by creating a bootable USB drive (I used a 16GB drive – instructions here – that I bought for $35 from Staples). The USB thumb drive was the easiest way for me though I probably could have loaded it to any external bootable device such as a DVD or Hard Drive. One note on the instructions – be sure you use the F2 key (and NOT F12 like the instructions say) on this Acer Aspire One to set the boot sequence so that the USB thumb drive is the first in the sequence to boot. Once I found the F2 secret and set my proper sequence the USB thumb drive automatically took over on the next re-boot and presto it’s Windows 7.

How to install Windows 7 Beta on an Acer Aspire One Netbook (works for Release Candidate)

About the Author

Adrian Leibas
Adrian is 28 years old and lives in Newark, Ohio with his wife Katie, 14-month old son Cooper, and two cats Tyson & Samar. He is a claims adjuster for State Farm Auto Insurance, and he has also worked in their systems department. He was a computer science major at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, where he also played baseball. He quickly realized that he did not like writing code or script, which is why he changed both majors and schools, graduating from Franklin University with a BS in Business and minor in HR Management. Adrian has been a gadget enthusiast as far back as he can remember, and his wife might say that he spends more time in Best Buy than he does with her. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his new little family, reading, watching baseball, and assistant coaching on his high school varsity baseball team. He is also in the process of deciding if he is ready for the transition from PC to Mac, as he's sure many of you can relate.
  • Mithan

    Wayne:
    How is the performance?
    I bought that exact same laptop on Monday and was going to plug Windows 7 onto it this weekend, but was unsure about overall performance.

    Also, do you have 2Gb of memory installed on it? (Would it make a big difference?).

    Thanks!